Three nonprofit organizations have joined together to develop PROTECT 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:
- 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 result
For information visit PROTECT.