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McCain Institute Announces Certificate on Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University (ASU), together with the National Network for Youth (NN4Y), announces a new two-course online certificate to offer best practices and methods for identifying and supporting youth and young adults who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing human trafficking.

The Certificate on Human Trafficking introduces learners to the fundamentals of human trafficking, and offers specific techniques and approaches to best identify and respond to potential cases of trafficking. Originally offered as an in-person training, the Certificate on Human Trafficking has expanded to an online platform through ASU and will be open to the public starting today.

“The McCain Institute and ASU have partnered to create a powerful new tool in the fight against human trafficking,” said McCain Institute Executive Chairman Ambassador Josette Sheeran. “Our digital learning solutions provide accessible and comprehensive trainings for those serving our most vulnerable. This one-of-a-kind course will help advance the efforts of anti-trafficking stakeholders across the country.”

“The Certificate on Human Trafficking would not have come together without our partners at the National Network for Youth, the feedback from experts and survivors, and the support of Arizona State University,” said McCain Institute Senior Director for Combatting Human Trafficking Kristen Abrams. “We look forward to working with a wide variety of youth-serving professionals and other learners to better support at-risk populations across the country.”

“ASU’s Learning Enterprise is committed to delivering educational offerings that meet learner, workforce and community needs,”said ASU Learning Enterprise Executive Vice President Maria Anguiano. “We are excited about the impact that our collaboration with ASU’s McCain Institute will have in empowering healthcare, social work and law enforcement professionals who are focused on recognizing and combatting human trafficking in their communities.”

In developing the course content, the McCain Institute and the National Network for Youth convened advisors, including those with lived experiences from across the country representing urban, suburban, and rural communities.

“Every day there are thousands of youth service providers across the country who are on the front lines, serving youth in vulnerable situations,” said National Network for Youth Executive Director Darla Bardine. “This Certificate helps increase the capacity of these agencies and their staff to effectively prevent, identify, and serve survivors of human trafficking.”

“This training provided a diversified view on human trafficking with practical application. It is one of the most thorough trainings I have been on. Even though I’m considered to be an expert in my field and a survivor, this training brought new relevant information that I found to be refreshing,” said Myeesha Arranaga, Human Trafficking Empowerment Advocate with Open Door. “Regardless if you’re new to learning about human trafficking or you are just looking to get refreshed I would definitely recommend this training.”

For more information about the McCain Institute’s Certificate on Human Trafficking and how to enroll, visit the ASU course page here.

About the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University
Inspired by Senator John S. McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute for International Leadership is fighting to secure democracy and alliances, defend human rights, protect the vulnerable, and advance character-driven leadership, both at home and around the world.

About the National Network for Youth
National Network for Youth is the nation’s leading network of youth and young adult homelessness providers. NN4Y envisions a world where every young person has a safe place to call home with multiple opportunities to achieve their fullest potential. Together with our partners, NN4Y transforms systems through centering youth, policy advocacy, training and technical assistance, and public education.

About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

Publish Date
January 4, 2022