From Students and Teachers

“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

 “Now that I think back on it, I never realized how close one of my friends was to ‘recruitment’ and how it could
really happen to someone like you and me.” 
Prevention Project Student

TQuote“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

“Knowledge is children’s greatest help on to battle life, the more they have the more fights they and society as a whole will win.” 
Prevention Project Student

“The Prevention Project completely opened my eyes to a world I did not know existed.” Prevention Project Student

“I would recommend this curriculum to be taught in all schools across the country because there aren’t areas that don’t have people who are at risk of being trafficked”  Prevention Project Student

I am extraordinarily impressed with the Prevention Project curriculum and overall support and follow through from RJI staff. Our group expected the program to be top notch, and it exceeded our own expectations.”  Caleb LaPlante, Prevention Project Facilitator, Grants Pass High School, Oregon

“Most of my students had never even heard of trafficking or knew it existed. Students learning that their age group is targeted the most was very important. Students also learned how to protect themselves online, and that they can be targeted anywhere.” Prevention Project Teacher, Middle School

Prevention Project made me more aware of how prevalent this problem is in our area. The more I taught it, the more I wanted my students to understand and be equipped to stay safe. I feel that a good percentage of students were impacted in a positive manner.” Prevention Project Teacher, Middle School

“Human trafficking is a huge issue: look at the stats, look at the figures – it affects young people.  As with anything that affects young people, it is our job as a country, as a society, as a community, and as teachers to educate them about that.”

Colleen Savino, Prevention Project Teacher since 2012, Hermitage High School, Virginia

“My students can now define human trafficking, recognize the signs, and know how to report potential trafficking situations.  Several students were worried about a student who dropped out.  The Prevention Project helped my students to report theirIMG_6051 suspicions.”  Public School Teacher*, implemented the Prevention Project program in his classes (*anonymous identity due to confidential information)

“The Prevention Project program was easy to teach. I had everything I needed in the program to properly relay information to the students. Classroom discussion was lively and the students really responded well to the content of the curriculum, learning the realities of human trafficking nationally and locally.” Anna Bryant, Prevention Project Teacher since 2013, Mills E. Godwin High School, Virginia

From Survivors and Experts

LeadersACT“The Prevention Project program is so much more than a curriculum built to raise awareness of human trafficking. They have done an amazing job collaborating with experts around the country to help our youth identify cultural influences, unhealthy relationships, addictions, media literacy and more; all leading to the connection of how our cultural plays a crucial role in Human Trafficking. I truly believe this curriculum is what is needed in every school today if we are going to begin a paradigm shift for the next generation. Change has to be made and the Prevention Project is just the tool students need to begin making that change.”
 Rebecca Bender, Human Trafficking Survivor Leader & Expert; Author, Speaker and Advocate

 “Prevention is one of the biggest parts of fighting human trafficking especially because traffickers target teens and preteens, so youth need to know what to expect and what to be looking out for.”  Holly Austin Smith, Survivor of Child Sex Trafficking, Author of Walking Prey

“The Prevention Project is an excellent opportunity to teach students about an issue that’s plaguing their generation and empower them to help stop it. It’s relevant to this generation. It breaks down the topic in such a way that allows students to deal with all pieces of the issue and to process them, to discuss them, to understand them and to create solutions for the problem. By equipping tomorrow’s leaders with the knowledge to make a difference, we are curbing one of the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprises.” Elizabeth Scaife, Director of Training, Shared Hope International

“The Prevention Project leads the way in addressing the injustice of modern-day slavery with the next generation. Students are not only educated in the facts of human trafficking, but they are equipped to immediately join the modern day abolitionist movement and empowered to intentionally influence positive change both now and as they transition into legal adulthood.”
 Chris Campbell, Founder of Generation Freedom

SQuote“This is more than a project. It is a mission that will change your life as you change others.” Tim Matthews, Youth Speaker and Mentor

“Having open conversations about healthy boundaries with teens, will contribute to more healthy individuals, couples and society. It’s also the root to start fighting human trafficking.” Carolina Velez, Domestic Violence Advocate, Safe Harbor

“We need this program in every school in America, because that’s where the traffickers are. If you are a student, if you are a teacher, if you are a principal, you can help bring this curriculum to your school in your area. Also, if you are an investor or if you are a business owner, we need continued funding to make this program happen in other schools. Join us in reaching students – before they become a victim, before they become a buyer, before they become a trafficker – and creating abolitionists out them instead!”
 Sara Pomeroy, Founder, Richmond Justice Initiative


Photo credit: A Girl Named Leney & Joel Handwerk