Winona State University–Rochester will offer “Human Trafficking: A Human Tragedy,” Sept. 28-29, in Coffman Center.

The course will explore the complex realties of human trafficking. Participants will learn about techniques used by traffickers to recruit people into labor and sexual slavery, and typical characteristics of the victims and the traffickers.  Participants will identify ways to combat human trafficking through an exploration of the nature and magnitude of this problem, increasing awareness of the reality of human trafficking, and examining the underlying causes and mechanisms of trafficking.

Registered members can earn one credit or 1.3 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).

The instructors are Judy Chiodo and Linda Weiser, Rochester Franciscan Sisters. Chiodo serves on a Human Trafficking Working Group in her Franciscan community, collaborates with the Civil Society of Saint Paul and has worked with the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking. Wieser works with victims of violence utilizing her skills in spiritual guidance and integrative body work.

The two-session course will be held 4-10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday on the WSU-Rochester campus, Coffman Center. Tuition is $175.

Register at or call 507-457-5080 for information on how to take the course for credit.

The course is sponsored by the WSU Outreach and Continuing Education Department.



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