Human trafficking defined in its simplest form is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery or forced labor. Because human trafficking/slavery is more readily associated with the past and international cases, it is hard to fathom the existence of modern day slavery, especially in the United States, and moreover, Idaho. However, it does exist and local occurrences, which affect our youth, are increasing. In the United States, and Idaho, traffickers can be and are family members of the victim. This means that victims of human trafficking are students in our schools.
Due to this growing epidemic, it is imperative that school counselors and educators receive training on what human trafficking is, what practices are prevalent in Idaho, who is vulnerable, how and by what means students are recruited and forced into human trafficking, how to identify a victim, and what to do and who to contact if a victim is identified.
The training provided through the recorded webinar Human Trafficking: Protecting Idaho’s Youth, provides counselors/educators with the aforementioned knowledge, thus decreasing the likelihood that Idaho’s youth will be targeted and preyed upon.
Please have appropriate district and/or school personnel view the recording archived on this page. The PowerPoint, note sheets, and additional documents are also provided for your convenience while viewing. Districts and schools can also make use of the provided PowerPoint and documents and conduct their own training so district/school personnel are informed.
Please contact Nichole Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org, if your district or school would like a live training with SDE staff and law enforcement.
Please feel free to watch and use the educator recording and materials above for further information on how human trafficking affects Idaho's children. If desired, you may choose to have your child watch the training, as well. We are currently working on student-level training and hope to have it completed by the 2014-15 school year. Once the training is complete, it will be posted and available on this webpage.
Communication in regards to the educator training, above, has been sent out to all Idaho secondary public school principals. If you would like to make certain that your child’s school utilizes the training in some format, please fill free to download and print the letter below to give to your student's principal.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Nichole Hall at email@example.com
KEEP in MIND: Victims can and
do come from good homes