New state law calls for mandatory human trafficking prevention education in the schools

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

In January, a new state law goes into effect that requires all public schools to provide human trafficking prevention education to students at least once in middle school and once in high school.

“The whole idea was let’s look at teachers as first responders in the classroom,” said Ashlie Bryant, president and co-founder of 3Strands Global Foundation, a coalition of nonprofits that created the curriculum and sponsored the Human Trafficking Prevention Education and Training Act. Assemblymen Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, and Evan Low, D-San Jose, authored the bill.

“The goal is not only to identify students who are actively being trafficked, but also to reduce the number of students who could become victims, buyers or traffickers,” Bonta said.