Editorial: Anti-Trafficking Education: Sites of care, knowledge, and power


  • Annie Isabel Fukushima
  • Annie Hill
  • Jennifer Suchland




This article introduces a Special Issue on anti-trafficking education. The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in the sites for anti-trafficking education and the range of educators who shape how the public and institutions understand and respond to human trafficking. Thus, there is a need to analyse the formalised and informalised practices that facilitate teaching and learning about trafficking. We argue that anti-trafficking education can perpetuate misinformation and myths about trafficking as well as legitimise carceral systems that lead to dehumanisation and violence. At the same time, critical approaches to teaching trafficking can encourage and inform endeavours to create structural change, social justice, and individual empowerment. We conclude that if the expansion of anti-trafficking education is divorced from longstanding movements for equity, then it runs the risk of teaching about trafficking while upholding practices and systems of oppression, exclusion, and expropriation, as well as diverting attention and resources from global work toward social and structural change.


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Author Biographies

Annie Isabel Fukushima

Annie Isabel Fukushima is an Associate Professor in Ethnic Studies with the School for Cultural & Social Transformation at the University of Utah. She is the author of the award-winning book, Migrant Crossings: Witnessing human trafficking in the US (Stanford University Press, 2019). Her research focuses on race, gender-based violence, migration, and witnessing. Fukushima is the Co-Principal Investigator for the Gender-Based Violence Consortium and a research consultant for the Freedom Network USA. She provides expert testimony across the US on immigration, civil, and criminal cases.

Annie Hill

Annie Hill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing and an affiliate with the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. Her recent work connects Queer Migration Studies and Critical Trafficking Studies, and her research focuses mainly on sexual and state violence in the United States and United Kingdom. She is on research teams for a Sexual Violence Prevention Collaboratory and a Sex Trading, Trafficking and Community Well-Being Initiative.

Jennifer Suchland

Jennifer Suchland is an Associate Professor at Ohio State University jointly appointed in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures. In addition to ongoing scholarship and teaching in Feminist Studies, Critical Trafficking Studies, and Postsocialist Cultural Studies, she is a collaborator on several public humanities and social justice projects. Most recently, she is an ACLS/Mellon Scholars & Society Fellow (2020-21) working in collaboration with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Personal website: www.jsuchland.com.




How to Cite

Fukushima, A. I., Hill, A., & Suchland, J. (2021). Editorial: Anti-Trafficking Education: Sites of care, knowledge, and power. Anti-Trafficking Review, (17), 1–18. https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.201221171