Dutch Social and Criminal Justice
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Annette Wienken

Liberal Arts Major(s: Global and International Studies, Italian
Hometown: Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I spent five weeks in the Netherlands between the cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, focusing on social and criminal justice. We interviewed victims of sex trafficking, correction officers, sex workers, social workers, and many more people from various backgrounds and walks of life. As part of a sub program, I also got to visit the International Criminal Court and watch a hearing, and well as do a model UN exercise.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Being in the Netherlands on this program counted as a supporting class for my major, but it was so much more than that. It reinvigorated my passion for learning, reminding me of why I chose to study human rights in the first place, through emotional, first-hand experiences.

"[This experience] reinvigorated my passion for learning, reminding me of why I chose to study human rights in the first place through emotional, first-hand experiences."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience made me realize that within my human rights focus in GLIS, I want to focus on women's rights. Because of this, I have decided to pursue a Masters in my future.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Without the enrichment funds provided to me for this experience, I never would have been able to go on this program that meant the world to me. Along with the funds, I wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of my Italian professor Dr. Truglio, who wrote me my letters of recommendation and has supported me greatly on my academic journey through the years.

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