Feds issue guide on human-trafficking prevention to schools

Safe House of Hope in Baltimore sends experts out to organizations to discuss the problem of human trafficking and how victims can receive help. (Courtesy of Safe House of Hope)
Safe House of Hope in Baltimore sends experts out to organizations to discuss the problem of human trafficking and how victims can receive help. (Courtesy of Safe House of Hope)

The U.S. Department of Education has released a guide on identifying and preventing human trafficking to help teachers and administrators handle such issues with their students.

The free “Human Trafficking in America’s Schools” guide includes information on risk factors, handling suspected trafficking and samplings of school protocols and policies.
The education department has also partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services and President Lincoln’s Cottage, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to launch a youth campaign focused on raising awareness of human trafficking.
An estimated 1.2 million children worldwide are victimized each year as the result of human trafficking, the education department reports.
“It’s hard to imagine that such heinous crimes continue to exist today, right here in America,” said Deborah Delisle, assistant secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Human trafficking robs young people of a life that is filled with hope. The department stands with its other federal and nonprofit partners, such as President Lincoln’s Cottage, in helping these young people return to safe, supportive homes and schools.”
Mark Greenberg, acting assistant secretary for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, added that it’s critical to raise awareness of trafficking among adolescents, considering that traffickers intentionally target youth.
“We’re pleased to work with the Department of Education and President Lincoln’s Cottage on this campaign to empower and engage youth to be part of the solution,” Greenberg said.
Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer

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