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Human Trafficking Awareness for the General Public

This course ends at 12 noon Pacific Time on March 26, 2020. If a Statement of Accomplishment is available for this course, it will be available for download until March 31, 2020.

About This Course

Human trafficking—modern day slavery—occurs in nearly every country in the world, and every state in the U.S. It also happens in the San Francisco Bay Area on a daily basis. This course provides a basic training on the issue, aiming to educate individuals on how to spot it and what to do about it in their own communities.

In this training we discuss the definition of human trafficking, its prevalence, and the places and industries in which it occurs. We examine whom it affects and the techniques used to force people into service and hold them there. The training will equip you with the tools to help fight human trafficking, including the red flags that may indicate a person has been trafficked, and what to do when you suspect a possible case.

If you work in a restaurant, click here for a course specific to the food services industry. If you are a hotel worker, click here for a course specific to the hospitality industry.

To begin the training, click on the "ENROLL" button above.


There are no prerequisites to take this course. It assumes no previous knowledge of human trafficking.

Course Staff

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Dr. Katherine R. Jolluck

Katherine R. Jolluck is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Stanford University, and Coordinator of the Public History/Public Service Track. She is also a Senior Fellow at the WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice. Before coming to Stanford she taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Naval Post-Graduate School. A specialist on the history of twentieth-century Eastern Europe and Russia, she focuses on the topics of women and war, women in communist societies, nationalism, and human trafficking. Her books include: Exile and Identity: Polish Women in the Soviet Union during WWII, and Gulag Voices: Oral Histories of Soviet Incarceration and Exile (with Jehanne M Gheith). Jolluck serves on the Faculty Steering Committee of the Haas Center for Public Service and offers service-learning courses for undergraduates. Additionally, she is active in the Bay Area anti-trafficking community, and is a member of the Steering Committee of No Traffick Ahead. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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Sharan Dhanoa

Sharan Dhanoa is Coordinator for the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking. She facilitates collaboration amongst over thirty five member agencies. In May 2014, she began facilitating the new multi-county workgroup No Traffick Ahead, which is unifying efforts in seven counties in order to effectuate collective impact across sectors. She is on the Steering Committee of No Traffick Ahead. Prior to joining the Coalition, Sharan worked with women trafficked into sexual exploitation in Calcutta, India, aiding their development through economic empowerment. In addition, she has worked in crime research, crime surveillance, and in an emergency psychiatric facility. Sharan holds a Masters degree in Criminology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law. Sharan was recently awarded “2015 Abolitionist of the Year” for Advocacy by the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking and the "Unsung Hero Award" by the County of Santa Clara Valley.

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Kelly Hyland

Kelly Hyland has served in government and non-government positions working on human trafficking through training, policy, state and federal legislation, and legal representation. She co-founded the Global Freedom Center, training government, nonprofit and Fortune 500 professionals to identify and prevent human trafficking. As Senior Counsel in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State, she led interagency coordination and advised on immigration, law enforcement, workers’ rights, legislation, social services, and U.S. implementation efforts. Most importantly, and what has led to all of her subsequent work, in her first position as a new attorney, she assisted more than 200 trafficked persons. She has published extensively, including a new book "Freedom for All: An Attorney's Guide to Fighting Human Trafficking.” She is a member of the State Bar of California.

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Minouche Kandel

Minouche Kandel is the Director of Women’s Policy at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women and staffs the San Francisco Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking and the Family Violence Council. She helps craft policies and develops trainings on domestic violence and human trafficking. Prior to working at DOSW, Minouche worked for over twenty years as a legal aid attorney representing low income domestic violence survivors in family law and immigration cases. Minouche has been published in Clearinghouse Review, Ms., Discover, and the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. Minouche is a recipient of the 2008 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (Public Interest Law category), 2009 Legal Aid Association of California’s Family Law Award for Direct Representation, the Daily Journal’s 2009 Top 100 Lawyers in California, the 2012 San Francisco District Attorney’s Women’s History Month Honoree, and the 2012 Tanya Neiman Award from the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium. Minouche got her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Ruth Silver Taube

Ruth Silver Taube is the Supervising Attorney of the Workers' Rights Clinic at the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center at Santa Clara University School of Law that provides employment law advice and representation for low income, primarily immigrant clients and screens for human trafficking. She is Special Counsel to Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center, an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, Legal Services Chair of the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, an alternate delegate to the Santa Clara County’s Human Trafficking Commission, and Coordinator of the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition. After law school, Ms. Silver Taube served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte, District Court Judge for the Northern District of California, worked at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, served as a panel mediator at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and was a partner at the Law Office of Silver and Taube where she specialized in employment law. In 2013 she received the Unsung Hero Award from the Santa Clara County Victim Support Network for her human trafficking work.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to buy a textbook?

No. You do not need any materials to take this course.

How long will it take to complete the course?

The course can be completed in one hour.

Do I have to complete the course in one sitting?

No. You can do part of the course and then come back and do more at a later time.

Will I receive some proof of completion?

If you watch all the videos and score at least 75% on the short quizzes that follow them, you can generate a Statement of Accomplishment which you can print or save.

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