Of 22,326 trafficking victims and survivors identified through contacts with the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2019, at least 5,359 were under age 18.1 Many underage victims of human trafficking are students in the American school system. No community, school, socioeconomic group, or student demographic is immune to the threat of human trafficking. Cases of child trafficking are found in every area of the country—in rural, suburban, and urban settings alike.
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) recognizes these facts and stands ready to support America’s schools in preventing, responding to, and helping students recover from human trafficking. It is fitting that schools take on this challenge; of all social institutions, schools are perhaps the best positioned to identify and report suspected trafficking and connect affected students to critical services.
To support schools’ efforts to combat trafficking, NCSSLE offers helpful resources. for administrators, teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, parents, caregivers, and students.
U.S. Department of Education Human Trafficking: Offers a dedicated webpage with helpful federal resources for administrators, teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, parents, caregivers, and students to combat trafficking.
Human Trafficking in America's Schools: Provides awareness of the current prevalence of child trafficking and the forms it takes and explains what schools can do to prevent, respond, and help students to recover from human trafficking.
Addressing the Growing Problem of Domestic Sex Trafficking in Minors through Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: Highlights the broader issue of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) and suggest a framework for integrating school-based prevention and intervention strategies through Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).