Community Leaders

Community Leaders

Community leaders are in a unique position to educate those around them about a variety of issues and topics, including human trafficking. They may be a trusted adult for a young person, a moral authority in a congregation, or have the ability to empower their peers to learn to recognize and report human trafficking. Regardless of their specific role, their leadership positions them to educate and influence others. Below are several resources that can be used to start conversations about and raise awareness of trafficking within communities across the country.

Youth Caretakers and Professionals Resources

how to talk to youth about human traffickingYouth Caretakers and Professionals: How to Talk About Human Trafficking

Youth caretakers or individuals working with youth are in a position to reach those considered vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking: youth. They play an important role because they interact with youth regularly, learn about their lives, and often gain their trust. 

This guide can be used by any adult who is a caretaker of a youth or individuals who work with youth through formal or informal programming in classrooms, camps, community or faith-based programs, sports leagues, mentorship programs, and more. The information in this guide can be incorporated into existing activities, lessons, or conversations that are used to engage youth. This guide was created with a focus on middle and high school-aged youth (11- to 17-years old).

Available in English and Spanish.

youth awareness posterYouth Awareness Posters

Youth caretakers or individuals working with youth are in a unique position to reach those considered vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking: youth. These posters can be hung in spaces such as classrooms, camps, community centers, or recreational facilities to reach young people with information about how to protect themselves from exploitation.

Available in English and Spanish.

Student Leaders Resources

higher education student advocate toolkitHigher Education Student Advocate Toolkit

Student leaders are in a unique position to help stop human trafficking by educating and engaging the people on their campus and in their community.

This toolkit offers tips and resources to engage campuses and communities to raise awareness of human trafficking. It also includes posters to display in dorms, public areas on campus, and around town.

Faith-Based Leaders Resources

faith based community toolkitFaith-Based & Community Toolkit

Faith leaders are in a unique position to help stop human trafficking. As a moral authority and trusted messenger, their efforts to educate and engage their congregation and community will resonate.

This toolkit offers public awareness messaging and resources to engage religious communities on human trafficking. It also includes content that can be displayed in houses of worship, during community events, and in public places.

Available in English and Spanish.

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