On this page you will find a range of free to paid curricula with target audiences for children in preschool, elementary, and middle school to young adults in high school and college. You will also find some curriculum with a faith-based perspective, designed for sunday schools, youth groups, and Bible studies, while others will maintain a neutral perspective.
Be sure to check out our other School and Church Resources.
US Fund for UNICEF: TeachUNICEF End Trafficking Unit
Grades: 6-8, 9-12
TeachUNICEF End Trafficking Unit: Not My Life Educator Screening and Discussion Guide includes a 30 minute version of Not My Life, and an accompanying viewing guide designed to engage students on human trafficking as it occurs in the U.S. and around the world. Educators are encouraged to use Not My Life in conjunction with the TeachUNICEF End Trafficking middle or high school units.
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives: History, Human Rights and the Power of One
This curriculum offers two history-based trafficking prevention modules for use by teachers and secondary students:
Human Trafficking: Modern-Day Slavery in the United States focuses on the problem of slavery in our country by introducing the legal framework of abolition in the U.S. (including the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act) along with stories from survivors of slavery, from the past and present. The goal of this module is that students will understand how slaves were and are controlled through coercion manifested both physically and/or psychologically, and will understand the similarities and differences of historical and modern-day slavery.
Youth for Sale will provide students a basic understanding of the labor and sexual exploitation of children around the world. It describes the greatest risk factors for being trafficked and the methods international traffickers use to lure or force children into slavery. It exposes students to actual victims’ stories and empowers them to protect themselves and their peers from traffickers—as well as begin to work on projects to end trafficking worldwide.
Chosen: The True Story of America’s Trafficked Teens
Grades: 6-8, 9-12
A gripping new documentary from Shared Hope International was released nationwide on May 1, 2013, to open hearts and eyes to the tragic dangers of sex trafficking and educate young people to recognize the danger signs.
This 21-minute, shocking true story will engage your middle-school-and-older children or grandchildren — and tens of thousands more across America — with the truth and equip them to protect themselves and others from being “Chosen.”
Two-disc set includes:
- 7 Discussion Starter Kits — customized questions designed to engage and encourage discussion for faith-based and public middle and high school students, men’s and women’s groups, and the general community.
- PowerPoint Presentations — a pre- and post-screening tool that introduces the film and the issue of sex trafficking, highlighting key indicators of trafficking to assist with discussion and comprehension of the material learned in “Chosen.”
- Letter to the Leader — provides helpful suggestions and creative ideas for leaders.
- Take Action Cards — serve as a reminder of the key indicators of trafficking and how to report suspicious activity.
- “Chosen” Trailer (running time: approx. 2 minutes) and Full-Length Film (running time: approx. 20 minutes).
Fore more information visit Shared Hope International.
The A21 Campaign: Bodies are NOT Commodities
The A21 High School Curriculum: Bodies Are Not Commodities is a resource for secondary educators and abolitionists who want to bring awareness and action against injustice. It is being created for the purpose of ensuring more participatory and sustainable solutions to injustice issues through the educational system.
Bodies Are Not Commodities provides ve interactive sessions to motivate and engage the adolescent learner with alignment to the Common Core State Standards, integrated cross-curricular relevance within the subjects of history, citizenship and literacy, critical thinking skills, and intersession extension opportunities to further awareness and prevention. It also includes Learning Labs that are designed to provide students with an interactive inquiry-based experience that provides the following opportunities: higher order thinking skills, authentic connectedness, substantive conversation, and social support and depth of knowledge.
For more information visit A21 Campaign.
Theme: Introduce the elements of Human Trafficking
Objective: Help students to understand the horrors of human trafficking and ways
they can help to stop it. Students will learn about the different types of human
trafficking, the scope of the problem, and who is vulnerable to modern day
slavery. They will visit various websites, read books, and watch videos and
presentations that will help them understand the problem. Finally, they will create
an original public service announcement or awareness poster as their way of
helping to fight human trafficking.
Online downloadable version available for FREE:
Human Trafficking Lesson Plan
Human Trafficking Fact Sheet
Human Trafficking Presentation
Human Trafficking Discussion Guide for The Slave Across the Street
For more information visit Stop Human Trafficking in Dayton.
Fighting Modern Day Slavery by Focusing on Demand
Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Global Centurion has created a basic introduction to and overview of human trafficking. The curriculum describes various types of human trafficking (sex trafficking and labor trafficking; international and domestic trafficking; adult and child trafficking. The course introduces students to international, foreign national and U.S. law and policy on human trafficking, how to identify victims, and common health concerns among trafficking victims as background for a demand-related approach. The primary purpose of the program is to create age-appropriate modules to reach young men and boys to help them make informed choices and reduce the demand. The curriculum includes a syllabus, teacher-training manual, basic materials and exercises, special in-class and extra-curricular projects; and inter-active media technologies activities. Curriculum is complete and ready to be piloted.
For more information visit Global Centurion.
Crisis Aid: Free Preventative Curriculum
Grades: 9-12 and college
The curriculum’s goal is to “Stop Raising Victims”. By educating students, they will have the proper tools to not become victims. Their aim is to prevent this atrocity from happening, one student at a time, through proper education and awareness. Available here.
Love Don’t Hurt curriculum developed by the CA Bay Area Nonprofit, Love Never Fails.
Includes discussion on abuse and exploitation, especially sexual. Geared toward an urban school setting. Available free here.
Amnesty International: human rights education curriculum.
- Elementary level:
- Our World, Our Rights (includes specific lesson on slavery)
- Middle and high school level:
Child Labor and Sexual Exploitation Public Education Project K-12 Teachers’ Materials from the University of Iowa’s Labor Center.
Tricked will help students understand and spot the scouting and manipulating techniques that are commonly used by traffickers. Using testimony from survivors of sex trafficking, as well as insider information from a former trafficker, we talk about how to avoid susceptible behaviors. We also provide insights on how to get help if students or their friends get trapped in this terrible situation.
This education pack for children 10 to 14 years old, which has been produced through a collaboration between the International slavery Museum in Liverpool and the Wilberforce Institute for the study of slavery and emancipation, University of Hull, provides:
- background information on contemporary forms of slavery
- a set of lesson plans with supporting materials
- a list of resources that can help with researching further information.
It is supported by this online resource.
Service-Learning Program: History, Human Rights, and the Power of One created by the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation for grades 7-12.
Ending Sexual Exploitation: Activities and Resources for Educators of High School Students created by Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation.
These activities focus on the pressures your students may face to engage in sexually exploitive acts or sexual activities that make them feel uncomfortable. The three main topics are gender roles, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking. The goal of this activity guide is to provide assignments, ideas, and classroom discussions to help educators facilitate interactive, informative, and moving interpersonal and peer-group discovery about the difficult issues their students may be facing.
Free the Slaves Education Packs–Human Trafficking is a five layered curriculum designed for teachers, parents, students, and youth group leaders.
- Part 1: Slavery in the 21st Century
- Part 2: Slavery Throughout History
- Part 3: Slavery and Human Rights
- Part 4: Bonded Labor Campaign
- Part 5: Resources and Contacts
- After School Student Meeting Materials
Anti-Trafficking Educational Curriculum for middle and high school students was written by Amy L. Sebes in conjunction with beneficiaries of the International Organization for Migration. It is being used in schools in Albania and has been adapted for use in the Philippines.
MakeITfair online instruction is for 14-16-year olds and aims to raise awareness about labor abuses and environmental problems in the electronics industry.
Special thanks to our sponsors.