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Students will travel abroad to study human trafficking

Students will travel abroad to study human trafficking

March 03
22:35 2015

Linda Kessler / Staff Writer

For the first time, UNT students will help spread awareness of human trafficking in Eastern Europe through a study abroad program this summer.

From June 12 to July 3 for about $2700 out-of-pocket, students will have the opportunity to travel with educational psychology Professor Julie Leventhal to Romania and Hungary. They will work with communities in Brasov, Bucharest, Cluj and Oradea, Romania, as well as Budapest, Hungary on anti-human trafficking awareness efforts and community service projects.

“Human trafficking is not a topic that you learn about often,” development and family studies senior Taylor Blackburn said. “I hope that through our work with the organizations in Romania that we can take that knowledge and bring it back to our students here.”

Blackburn says study abroad programs like this one are one of the greatest opportunities UNT can offer their students.

“Everyone deserves the chance to learn outside their own little world,” Blackburn said. “Learning is experiencing things, and there isn’t any better way to learn then by getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing something totally different.”

Leventhal geared the program toward development and family studies majors. Development and family studies senior Ashley Molnar said she is eager to participate.

“My hope is to connect with these individuals and be able support and educate them at the same time,” Molnar said. “It will be rewarding to have the chance to work with such a unique group, while also being able to take in new cultures, experiences and practices.”

Leventhal is traveling to Romania in the next few weeks to meet with eLiberare to discuss and decide the main goals of the trip more finitely.

eLiberare, a group who represents a social movement against human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Romania, is one of the larger organizations Leventhal plans to work with in Bucharest.

“The program initially started out with a focus on conducting human trafficking awareness workshops in communities around the country,” Leventhal said. “After reaching out to some local organizations we will now have the opportunity to work one-on-one with volunteers, community members and families.”

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