“I didn’t know a lot about human trafficking or how serious an issue it is before the Prevention Project program. After attending all the lessons, the Prevention Project really made the issue real for me. Now, I try to tell as many people as I can, whenever possible.” Prevention Project Student
“The Prevention Project has given me a new outlook on life and the world around me. It’s also given me a new purpose and something to fight for, to fight for those who can’t fight.” Prevention Project Student
“This experience has shown me that I’m much more capable of making a difference than I ever thought I was. Thank you!” Prevention Project Student
Below are many samples of projects and responses from students after going through the Prevention Project program. Students make such a difference through their creativity and passion to spread the word to their friends, family members, and community about human trafficking awareness and prevention.
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CNN Features Prevention Project Student Activists
When the students of Smithfield High School realized they were one of the only schools in their county who were receiving human trafficking prevention education, they approached their local School Board to petition them to get education into other high schools and to the middle school audiences. They dedicated themselves to painting, dancing, poetry-writing, singing, knitting, whatever fit with their personal gifting and passions, to show the county what impact one classroom could make, and to inspire them to embolden and protect more of their peers in the area. This movement earned national recognition, as CNN caught wind of their mission and featured them on the CNN Freedom Project, a series with international focus on human trafficking issues. View it here.
When participating in the Prevention Project, a group of students wanted to provide a system that could allow for someone to find help if they thought they were being trafficked or knew of a grooming situation. They created the help box as a way for their peers to plead for assistance in a discreet way. These students are leaders in the truest form- advocating for others and thinking of those who might be silently suffering around them.
Student Program to Unmask Traffickers and Clients Online
Joel Hatfield designed a program, inspired by the Prevention Project, which can penetrate the Dark Web online and unearth transactions which are exploitative in nature. It not only gathers information about the trafficker by using the TOR network, but it can identify the buyer and turn over their bank information to law enforcement. This brilliant app has already been utilized in the real world by law enforcement and promises to make a dent in online predation for years to come!
Smithfield Student Expo
Students created capstone projects following the final lesson of the Prevention Project that reflected their own interests. At their big expo night in front of peers, parents, and administrators, they presented their own t shirt designs, short stories and poems, art pieces, and more.
Hermitage High School Movie Night
After going through the Prevention Project curriculum, students at Hermitage High School had a competition to make a poster for an educational movie night they would be hosting. This was the fourth movie night of its kind held at Hermitage High School, where students shared what they learned about human trafficking with the school and the community. The winning poster is featured here, as well as the photo of the classroom of students busy at work on their posters.
Prevention Project students get involved on the Capital, advocating for the #KidsAreNotForSale legislation,establishing Virginia’s first standalone sex trafficking law (companion bills HB 1964 and SB 1188 were signed into law on March 27, 2015 by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe). Students designed and implemented a student photography project to promote the legislation and visited their representatives at the Capital to speak on behalf of their support of the legislation.
“This law: clearly defines and establishes the offense of sex trafficking…establishes penalties that reflect the seriousness of the offense…”
Poster School Awareness Campaign
Shown are a couple of the posters made by the students of Godwin High School after they completed the Prevention Project curriculum. Students created and hung up these posters around the school to raise awareness to their peers. This class also created informational snapshots to share on morning announcements!
Blackout Basketball Game
Students from Grants Pass High School in Oregon planned a Blackout Basketball game to support anti-trafficking awareness at their school. In this event, students, band and cheerleaders all took a stand and wore black as their banner. This was all during the very first year that the Prevention Project curriculum was implemented in this school!
This video was created by Camille Karabaich in response to the knowledge she gained about human trafficking through the Prevention Project program at Hermitage HS. Here she dissects the issue of labor trafficking through striking, hand-drawn visual narrative. We have seen countless excellent videos that come out of this program, this is merely one example that we chose as best submission from her class.
Prevention Project students at Hermitage High school put on a Community Movie Night at their school to raise awareness of human trafficking and the importance of prevention. The event included an introduction to human trafficking by a program student, a documentary, and a Q&A panel comprised of students and anti-trafficking professionals to answer questions after the movie. They did a great job, and it was a wonderful success with nearly 200 in attendance!
Student Op-Eds Featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch
The Richmond Times-Dispatch featured four Prevention Project students essays on human trafficking in the paper on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Every student within the program wrote a piece, and the most compelling ones were chosen for publication!
Hanging Mobile Project
Students in the Prevention Project pilot program at Hermitage High School made this colorful art mobile featuring each individuals’ hopes and dreams. The mobile represents aspirations that are threatened and oftentimes demolished when someone is trafficked, and it purports the beauty of freedom and the need to protect it.