The Educator's Human Trafficking Awareness & Prevention Toolkit

This toolkit is a resource for educators who are interested in including human trafficking topics in their classes.  It provides resources with basic information about human trafficking, as well as lesson plans for elementary school to college level courses.

Some of the materials listed here were created a few years ago. However, their approach to the subject and framework for how to discuss this sensitive topic with youth is still valuable, providing insight and a useful platform for human trafficking classroom integration. 

Human trafficking 101 Information to Review Before Teaching

    • The Educator’s Role in Talking to/ Teaching Children About Human Trafficking is a short blog on the topic.
    • Commonly asked questions and important facts about human trafficking

How to Talk to Kids About Human Trafficking

    • Blogs on Talking to Kids about Trafficking published by Human Trafficking Search
      • This two-part Human Trafficking Search blog series gives tips, videos, and specific questions to ask when talking to kids about trafficking.  Part I explains how to start a conversation with children about human trafficking.  Part II goes how to continue the conversation.
    • Guide “How to Talk to Kids about Sex Trafficking
      • This guide, by End Sex Trafficking, includes information on spotting the signs that kids are being trafficked, safety measures for adults and children to take, and basic information about sex trafficking.
    • UNICEF USA guide “How to Talk to Your Kids About Trafficking
      • This guide, produced by UNICEF USA, provides tips on how adults can speak with their children about trafficking.
    • How to Talk to Youth About Human Trafficking: A Guide for Youth Caretakers and Individuals Working with Youth  This guide was created with a focus on middle and high school-aged youth (11- to 17-years old). This guide includes information about:
      • What human trafficking is
      • How to recognize it among youth
      • Tips for talking to youth about general exploitation
      • Information about building life skills that may help prevent youth from being trafficked
      • Reporting options if you suspect a youth is affected by human trafficking or being exploited

Lesson Plans (Elementary through College Levels)

  • Elementary School Age Lesson Plans:
    • A guide & curriculum provided by Stop Sex Trafficking.  This “Conversation Guide” was written by a survivor and advocacy leader, Savannah Sanders, for her organization Sex Trafficking Prevention.
    • What Is Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking and How Can I Stay Safe Online? Learning Objectives: Making students aware of sex trafficking and associated online risks. Providing concrete ways in which students can protect themselves from being targeted by sex traffickers in online spaces. Creating an outlet for advocacy against sex trafficking to prevent and end this crime.
  • Middle School Age Lesson Plans:
    • There are several lesson plans on Speak Truth to Power around human trafficking, modern slavery and forced labor.
    • A guide produced by UNICEF that includes lesson plans, handouts, and relevant background information.
    • Not a #Number is a child trafficking curriculum developed by Love146

Last update August 2022

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