Three nonprofit organizations have joined together in the fight against human trafficking. The joint mission is to help educators and students identify and prevent instances of human trafficking through a standardized educational curriculum.
The group will create materials to allow 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grade teachers to incorporate the topic of human trafficking into their annual educational calendar. These materials will be grade-level appropriate, state standard-compliant and provide a holistic view of the problem. The materials will also illustrate techniques that support identification and prevention.
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. With between 100,000 and 300,0000 children vulnerable to human trafficking nationwide, education and prevention efforts are quickly becoming an imperative for local governments and school districts.
Therefore, the coalition has outlined several specific objectives necessary to achieve its mission:
Agreed-upon protocols and procedures are the first step to ensuring positive outcomes for those who are identified as human trafficking victims. In the event a student self-identifies, or a teacher identifies a potential human trafficking case, protocols and procedures will help maintain the integrity of the organizational responses to that situation. These protocols should cover and inform everyone from the first reporter to the last service provider.
The dissemination and understanding of response protocols and procedures is the second step. Stakeholders within the continuum of identification and victim support must know their individual responsibilities, as well as the roles of others within the continuum. Professional training should include educators and all personnel at the local, county and state levels who work directly or peripherally with minor or adult victims of human trafficking.
In partnership with CISCO Systems, we will deliver lesson modules via a learning management system. The modules are designed to be delivered sequentially to students in 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades. These modules will provide a comprehensive understanding of the dangers, signs and historical roots of human trafficking. The goals are to empower students with a better understanding of individual value, identify victims at the earliest possible stage, and respond appropriately with the services and support victims and those at-risk require.
We will pilot the human trafficking education and training program in five California rural counties, increasing each year to eventually cover all 34 rural counties. Through quantitative and qualitative research methods produced with professors and researchers at a university partner, we will measure the effectiveness of each step.
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Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
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