3Strands Global Foundation, along with Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and Love Never Fails, developed PROTECT to help prevent human trafficking. The joint mission of PROTECT is to increase our youth’s protective factors and reduce their vulnerability by identifying and preventing human trafficking using a standardized, trauma-informed teacher training, education curriculum and systematic delivery methodology.
The group has created a scalable, online teacher training and 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th-grade curriculum that can be incorporated into an annual educational calendar. These materials are grade-level appropriate, state standard-compliant and provide a holistic view of the problem. The program also incorporates 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 are trained to effectively identify and communicate the potential human trafficking victims in schools. This includes creating a protocol to ensure the appropriate communication with, and referral to, necessary agencies
- Education – Ensuring all students are educated with a multi-grade level curriculum that can be used in any classroom 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.