TraCCC’s Curriculum Development Projects

Anti-Trafficking Curriculum for Russian Government Officials

Curriculum Development for the U.S. Border Patrol Academy

Anti-Trafficking Curriculum Development Project

In 2005, TraCCC received a grant from the U.S. Department of State to develop a human trafficking awareness training curriculum for local and regional Russian government officials. TraCCC in partnership with its academic and NGO colleagues in four regions of Russia have created a training manual based on actual trafficking cases in the Russian Federation and relevant Articles in the Russian Criminal Code. In 2006, this manual was utilized in trainings for representatives of the local government, NGO and academic communities that were held in the cities of Saratov, Irkutsk, Vladivostok and Moscow. During Spring 2007, trainings were held in Smolensk, Chelyabinsk, Stavropol, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Ussurisk, Nakhodka, Irkutsk, and Moscow.

As part of this project, in order to provide access to the anti-trafficking training materials to a wider audience than was reached during the course of the training activities, as well as access beyond the project end-date, TraCCC and its Russian partners established an Online Resource Center. This website is maintained by our partners in Saratov and hosted by the Saratov State Academy of Law. The website provides access to all of TraCCC’s Russian-language training materials, guidelines for practitioners wishing to conduct regional trainings, and relevant and updated research on human trafficking in Russia and other countries. The website may be viewed at __________________________________________________________________________________________ Border Patrol Academy Curriculum Project

The US Border Patrol Academy (BPA) trains nearly 2,000 new agents each year and is responsible for addressing the advanced training needs of more than 8,000 agents now in the field. New agents must complete a rigorous 19-week training program that includes courses in Immigration and Nationality law, criminal law and statutory authority, behavioral science, intensive Spanish, Border Patrol operations, care and use of firearms, physical training and motor vehicle operation.

In 2001, TraCCC and its partner, the Academic Consortium for Global Education (ACGE), built a collaborative project team from both organizations and senior instructors from the BPA to revise and update the content and instructional mechanisms of the BPA’s law courses. In 2003, the Spanish department at the Academy approached the project team to apply the same treatment to their course offerings. The amount of material that TraCCC and its project team is addressing is more than significant. For example, the Spanish curriculum involves daily coursework for 19 weeks for a total of well over 200 hours of instruction. TraCCC and its partners restructured the courses to a case-based, student-oriented training regimen that is more attuned to the professional requirements of agents in the field, and have updated the curricula to reflect such important changes like the PATRIOT Act and the Border Patrol’s transition to the Department of Homeland Security.

TraCCC completed two law courses at the end of 2005 and completed the Spanish-language component of the project in 2006.