Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Trinity Law School is proud to offer a winter study abroad program in Cambodia. Trinity is one of only a few law schools in the United States that sponsors a program to Southeast Asia. JD students are offered 2, 3, and 4 unit options for this program. MLS students are offered 3 units. This is an excellent opportunity to see how the LORD is bringing His light to the darkness. You get to experience human rights in action.



The program begins in Siem Reap, Cambodia’s second largest city. You’ll spend a full day exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat, which is the largest religious monument in the world. The program ends in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Capital City. The program will be held from Sunday, December 29, 2019 to Saturday, January 11, 2020. During the break between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, there is an optional tour to Brunei. However, you are welcome to explore Southeast Asia on your own during the break.

This is a hands-on experience like none other. You have the unique opportunity to meet the men and women who are actively fighting sex trafficking in Southeast Asia. You will visit former child brothels that were shut down and purchased by Agape International Mission (AIM) Instead of the darkness that filled those rooms, you can hear the sounds of laughter as children are running to and from classes at the school that AIM recently built. Finally, many of the cafes and restaurants that we frequent are run by survivors of trafficking. Every meal that we eat at those cafes supports the fight against sex trafficking.

We also visit the Extraordinary Chamber of the Cambodian Court (ECCC) This is the international tribunal where members of the Khmer Rouge were recently convicted of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. While at the ECCC, you will meet with international prosecutors and defense attorneys who will discuss the cases.

Professor Jeff Erskine
J.D., Western State College of Law
M.A., University of Canberra
B.A., University of New York, Prague

Professor Craig Hawkins
M.A., Simon Greenleaf University
M.A., Trinity Graduate School
M.A., Claremont Graduate University
B.A., University of California, Irvine


The cost of the program covers your accommodations in Cambodia (and Brunei if you choose to attend the option tour). Transportation around Cambodia is also covered by the cost of the program. You are responsible for your own airfare to/from Cambodia and to/from Brunei, if you choose to do the optional tour. Please make sure you arrive in Phnom Penh by 12:00 p.m. local time on Sunday, December 29, 2019. If you choose to fly directly to Siem Reap, please arrive by 6:00 p.m. local time on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

The cost for each student is $3,150 (double occupancy) or $3,450 (single occupancy) which includes three semester hours from Trinity Law School, hotel, and daily breakfast. Airfare is the responsibility of the student. Students should budget $15/day for meals.

Financial aid can be utilized for this program. For more information, please contact Jennifer Tracy at or 714-796-7121.

Family and Guests are welcome to attend. The cost for family and guests is $1,500 per person. That includes their accommodations and transportation around Cambodia. Family and guests are also responsible for all of their own airfare.


For more information about this winter abroad program in Cambodia,
please contact Professor Jeff Erskine at


The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)

A special Cambodian court which receives international assistance through the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT). The court is also informally known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal or the Cambodia Tribunal.

Agape International Missions

Agape International Missions works holistically to end  trafficking by protecting girls, rescuing the exploited, and empowering survivors.

International Bridges to Justice

IBJ provides access to high quality free legal aid services to the poorest in 15 provinces and in the Court of Appeal. Through early access to counsel, IBJ eliminates instances of torture or other inhumane treatment.

Angkor Wat

Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings.

Daughters of Cambodia

Daughters of Cambodia exists to empower those trapped in the sex industry in Cambodia to walk free and start a new life, with healing, dignity, and the means to prosper.

Chab Dai

Our vision is to work together with diverse stakeholders to abolish all forms of abuse and exploitation.


EGBOK uses an all encompassing approach to ensure that students receive a well-rounded hospitality and life-skills education.


In Cambodia, the Office implements the High Commissioner’s global mandate to protect and promote human rights. It works with the government, the judicial and legislative bodies, civil society and other national and international actors, to support the consolidation of peace in Cambodia after three decades of war, violence and arbitrary use of power. It does so through the promotion of rule of law and compliance with human rights standards ratified by Cambodia.

Sleuk Rith Institute

The Sleuk Rith Institute is a bold and ambitious project to reconcile the destructive legacy of the Khmer Rouge with Cambodia’s enduring cultural heritage through a focus on the timeless values of justice, memory, and healing.

The Killing Fields

During the Khmer Rouge reign, from 1975 to 1979, an estimated 1.7 to 2.5 million Cambodians died through execution, starvation or disease. This was almost a quarter of the country’s population. Killing fields dot the country of Cambodia, with more than 20,000 mass grave sites containing more than 1.38 million bodies according to the Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam). The largest of the killing fields was Choeung Ek, which sits on the outskirts of Phnom Penh and today serves as a monument to all those who died – and survived. It also serves as an educational tool to ensure history never repeats itself.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

In 1975, Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21); it soon became the largest centre of detention and torture in the country. S-21 has been turned into the Tuol Sleng museum, which serves as a testament to the crimes of the Khmer Rouge.

U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh

Since 2010, Senhoa Foundation has established projects that address the prevention, rehabilitation and reintegration of survivors of human trafficking and those vulnerable to sexual exploitation. Our jewelry is individually handcrafted by vulnerable women, providing access to fair wages, health services and education. The brand’s passion is to create opportunities for survivor artisans to earn an income, share their stories and raise awareness against exploitation.

Sak Saum

Located in the Saang District of Cambodia, Sak Saum is a ministry dedicated to the prevention, rescue, restoration, transformation, and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women, men and children. From the beginning, our goal has been to create a nurturing, empowering, restorative program which facilitates vocational training in sewing excellent products and community development. Sak Saum is a pioneer model of self-sustaining ministry. We believe in the powerful, life-changing outreach wth effective, excellent business.

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