Human Trafficking and Smuggling

31 October-11 December 2018 (E07518) | Closed
Instructor: Kirill Boychenko

As opportunities for legal migration decrease and economic and security complications in countries of origin increase, people are forced to migrate irregularly. In many cases, they end up exploited for labour or sex. Demand for low skilled/low cost labour in the global north (along with well-established informal labour practices in destination and transit countries) as well as lack of information about legal migration channels result in migrants falling prey to smuggling and trafficking networks.

This e-learning course analyses the concepts of human trafficking and migrant smuggling while discussing various practical cases from around the globe. It focuses on existing policies and modalities of prevention, protection and prosecution, including victim identification, national/trans-national referral mechanisms and best practices in combating these crimes while addressing the needs of survivors.

Course structure

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and the instructor, quizzes, a writing assignment, and webinars and is offered over a six-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1: Introduction to human trafficking and migrant smuggling
Week 2: The 2000 UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime and its additional “Palermo Protocols”: legal and policy aspects around trafficking and smuggling
Week 3: Victim identification and assistance
Week 4: National and trans-national referral mechanisms: Standard Operating Procedures
Week 5: Current practices in combating and addressing human trafficking and smuggling
Week 6: Developing and monitoring national strategies and action plans on human trafficking and smuggling

About the instructor: Kirill Boychenko

Kirill BoychenkoKirill Boychenko completed his PhD studies with Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia and is an expert and a scholar with over 10 years of experience as a practitioner in the field of modern day slavery prevention. In addition to his counter-trafficking work, he directed the Council of Europe and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative anti-corruption and compliance programmes in Russia. Earlier, Dr. Boychenko worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for five years. In his capacity as the IOM Moscow Counter-Trafficking Focal Point, Dr. Boychenko developed and implemented multi-million dollar international projects and various educational programs and provided training to Russian police officers, judges, prosecutors and attorneys. Kirill Boychenko’s passion for anti-trafficking efforts emerged in 2002 when he was working at a shelter for human trafficking survivors in the North-West of Russia while studying in law school. Dr. Boychenko was a Fulbright Humphrey law fellow in 2011-2012 and a Fellow with the Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy in the fall of 2012. During his fellowship years, he worked with the International Labor Rights Forum in Washington DC, researching forced labor and child labor practices in Central Asia. He also worked with Dorsey & Whitney LL.P. in Minneapolis, Minnesota and collaborated closely with the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Center.

Who should apply

The course is aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge about human trafficking and smuggling, including government officials (local and national level) dealing with trafficking and migration-related issues; staff of inter-governmental organisations such as the IOM, OSCE, UNODC and UNHCR; NGO staff members and service providers; and students of law, international relations, politics and social science. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. It also possible to audit the course. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.


Tuition fee for participants: € 405; tuition for auditors:   155. Payments can be made online with major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer. Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

How to register

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Frequently Asked Questions

Registration for this course is now closed. The course will be offered again in 2020.

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