[In the reconfigured SOAN curriculum, seniors in the department spend their Fall semester reading somewhat comprehensively on two topics they select from the breadth of sociological and anthropological interests. For many of the seniors, that new foundation in the social scientific literature will inform the independent research projects they will design and then conduct in the Spring semester. As we approach the midway point of the Fall semester, I asked students in my thesis seminar to sketch the research projects they are configuring for their last semester at Puget Sound. At this point, these are just plans, but collectively this group of projects look great.]
For my Senior Thesis I would like to analyze human trafficking prevention organizations in the Seattle and possibly Portland area. What I am looking to explore is how these organizations are constructed and what strategies they use within the United States and internationally, if possible.
The topic of Human Trafficking and Anti-Trafficking is a particular interest for me. In fall of 2013 I studied abroad in Vietnam and became very intrigued and challenged by the issue. I conducted my Independent Study Project at the end of my program working with a human trafficking rehabilitation center where I got individual experience with girls that had been trafficked. My research in Vietnam really shaped how I view my future and what I would like to do with it. Right now my plan is to return to Southeast Asia next fall after graduation and beginning working in the field of Anti-Trafficking again, wherever that takes me.
Bringing the focus back to the present, I want to focus my thesis on trafficking to continue developing my knowledge and experience with the topic. With an organization I would be focusing my participant observation and interviews with the people that work there, not trafficked persons. This way I can really develop an understanding of the organization and the strategies they use.