World Vision Student Scholars

For the past several years, TraCCC has partnered with World Vision International to give opportunities for Master level students in Dr. Louise Shelley’s courses at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy to research and assess the topics of human trafficking and child exploitation in Eastern Europe and Russia. Each year, through a competitive selection process World Vision chooses an exceptional student(s) with a background in human trafficking  to participate in this unique internship.

Rebecca Smokowicz

Location: Iasi and Vaslui, Romania
Dates: May 2011- July 2011
Purpose: To research the possible epidemic of child labor trafficking in Romania
Host Organization: World Vision

Final Published Paper: 2012. The Child Labor Situation: An Analysis Focusing on Iasi and Vaslui, Romania. Law Enforcement Executive Forum 12, no. 1 (March) : 64-85.


Janna Lipman

Location: Tirana, Albania
Dates: June 1- Aug 3, 2010
Purpose: To research the child perspective on child begging in Tirana.
Host Organization: World Vision, Bashkë Kundër Trafi kimit të Fëmijëve”

Final Paper: Exploitation in Albania: The Child Perspective on Child Begging


Diana Morse

Location: Moscow, Russia
Dates: June 1- Aug 3, 2010
Purpose: To compile an assessment report to show the need for an anti-human trafficking program in the office
Host Organization: World Vision’s Russian Federation Office


Kelsey Willingham

Location: Tbilisi, Georgia (and surrounding region)
Dates: May 30 – July 31, 2009
Purpose: To perform original field research on vulnerability to human trafficking within the Georgian internally displaced population, culminating in an official paper and policy guideline for the organization.
Host Organization: World Vision, Middle East and Eastern European Region

Final Paper: The Dangers of Displacement: Vulnerabilities to Trafficking within IDP Populations