Our curriculum is the central nervous system of Disarm and is best suited for groups that are considering how to effectively engage in anti-trafficking work. In this context, Disarm works in a consulting capacity to help your team work through formulating a common vocabulary, weighing intervention strategies and gaining a further nuanced understanding of prevention work.
This initial class lays the foundation for the remainder of the class as we provide an overview of human trafficking that moves beyond the emotionalism of awareness campaigns to considering what justice looks like actually. We will introduce existing instruments and legal frameworks available at the international, federal and provincial levels while looking to the life and ministry of Jesus for our definition of justice.
In the midst of millions of dollars being spent on bringing visibility to sex trafficking, we will take a critical look at the types of messaging used and whether they are effective in identifying the presence of sexual abuse. In this class we will look at the lives of Sarah, Hagar and John the Baptist to better understand the complex relationship between choice, coercion and circumstance; specifically, the vital role the church can play in preventing recruitment into trafficking.
How do we define exploitation without confusing it for western wealth or a life we wouldn't be willing to lead? For this session we will discuss the process of victim certification, the burden of proof and how to establish a narrative that doesn't negate free will. Through a series of questions, we will carefully consider our definition of exploitation in light of the call, commission and cost of being a disciple.
A central question to working with victims of trafficking is: What does it mean to act in the best interest of the child? What are the unique factors that must be taken into account in light of the fact that the majority of trafficked persons are minors? In this class we carefully examine whether our perception of best interests for anti-trafficking conflict with adequately providing refuge to children or Jesus' clear instructions not to do our good works before men.
As the conversation around sex work becomes more saturated by the pretence of simple economics, the quick fix of blame and the inglorious din of contention; we strive to define choice in light of Jesus' interaction with stigmatized lifestyles. In this class we discuss the complexity of culpability against the backdrop of three distinct models of criminalization (Canada, U.S. and Nordic).
As more and more funding is diverted toward enforcement and stricter sentencing for perpetrators of trafficking - we examine the effects of institutionalized oppression may have in shaping offenders. In this class we consider whether incarceration is an effective form of intervention and whether our beliefs regarding criminalization are consistent with our belief in grace.
To close, we will spend some time reviewing various approaches of the anti-trafficking movement and whether these adequately reflect the often counter-intuitive path justice takes on it's way to freedom. Through the life of Lazarus, we will look at Jesus' approach to communicating justice, taking an active role in demonstrating compassion and overcoming the captivity in people's lives.
As we reflect on the concepts that have been presented, we will also revisit the conversations, collective expression of ideas and infrastructure that have emerged from among your team. We will discuss what anti-trafficking looks like particularly for your community and for the people who have made a decision to be part of the work.