PROTECT

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.

BACKGROUND

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:

  • Identification – Ensure all stakeholders can effectively identify—and communicate the identification of—potential human trafficking victims in schools, including ensuring the appropriate communication with and referral to necessary agencies
  • Education – Create and introduce multi-grade level curricula to be used in all California classrooms, as well as with county and school leadership, to help teachers and students understand the dangers and methods of human traffickers
  • Implementation – Ensure processes are in place to effectively identify at-risk students to prevent exploitation
  • Assessment – Aggregate and report the classroom impact of the curricula via student survey results

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Protocol

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.

Training

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.

Curriculum

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.

Rollout

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.

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

3Strands Global

Ashlie Bryant: ashlieb@3strandsglobal.com

  • Educated more than 15,000 high school students on the issue of human trafficking
  • Delivered education in 13 counties (9th grade health classes per SB1165)
  • Created National Educators to Stop Trafficking (NEST) certified curriculum

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

Robert Benz: rbenz@fdfi.org

  • Created human trafficking education programs in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles
  • Developed educator-taught classroom curricula

Love Never Fails

Vanessa Scott: vanessa@loveneverfailsus.com

  • Educated in the classroom on human trafficking (K-12)
  • Mentored and trained in workforce development and missing child searches