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In the fight against Human Trafficking, there are three main lines of defense. They are our Faith Communities, our Teachers and our Health Professionals. Only 1% of victims are ever rescued, so where we can make the biggest difference is to prevent our children from becoming trafficked to begin with. This is where our faith communities and teachers come in. Given that the majority of victims are runaways and from the foster care system, our faith communities can recruit foster/adoptive parents and mentors. Our teachers can prevent victimization through education. We also want to increase the number of victims who are rescued. One of the best ways to do that is by educating our health professionals on what to look for, given that 50% to 100% of victims have had some contact with a health professional while they are victims. Of course, we also want to support those groups that are taking care of survivors. Before you begin, here are some training resources to be an effective speaker. Here is the Speaker's Training Power Point that reviews professional training based on Behavioral Science that works to motivate people to take action.
If you are looking for some presentations to address groups like service providers, health professionals, etc. Polaris has many resources for different groups. Our focus is empowering Faith Communities and Service Groups to take action. You can find our PP for parents on the parent tab, the one for teens on the teen tab and the one on porn on the porn tab. Many faith communities want to start a ministry and there is a Power Point to facilitate them in doing that, that you can use on the Faith Communities tab. You are welcome to use any part of the PP as a resource for a Power Point you want to create. Just keep in mind that you are responsible for anything you say, so you might want to research some of the information and make sure it applies to your own community. You can always ask law enforcement and social services for anything you are not sure about. Together with reading the book "How You Can Fight Human Trafficking, Over 100 Ways to Make a Difference" and the Power Point, you can be a very effective speaker on this issue. Almost anyone can show a Power Point and read a script. What the book will do is put you in a position where you can answer questions. That is the more challenging part.
You can find more flyers on our "Flyers" tab. In order for your presentation to be relevant to the community you are speaking to, you need to talk to vice officers and find out "what does trafficking look like" in your community. Meet with local NGO's (non-government agencies) and find out what their needs are and promote that. If all you do is provide information without a call for action, your presentation won't make much difference. We recommend that you include a similar set of instructions that is at the end of our Power Point for any presentation you do. Having people paired share forces everyone to engage in looking to see where they or their group can start taking action.
Our front lines are our faith communities, schools and health professionals. Our presentations were designed with the faith community in mind. Homeland Security has some great videos for Health Professionals and Teachers. https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/blue-campaign-media. Here is a great handout for teachers to educate them on how to recognize a child who is at risk and what to do once they find them. Teachers can use our PP to teach students how the Traffickers trick kids. They may want to do several presentations. This one from iEmpathize addressed human trafficking and bullying. -http://iempathize.org/empower/teens/ The A21 Campaign has a program that complies with common core standards. http://www.a21.org/content/human-trafficking/gnjb89. Polaris has many great flyers for health professionals and other professionals. Our handout lists several resources for both teachers and health professionals.