Bonta Authors Human Trafficking Curriculum Bill
Legislation would create age-appropriate prevention instruction for students
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) has introduced legislation that will require classroom curriculum to educate children regarding the growing dangers posed by human trafficking. AB 1227 will help identify and prevent cases of human trafficking through age-appropriate classroom education.
“Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in California and the nation,” said Bonta. “Exploiters prey on vulnerable children regardless of age, race, gender, economics or religion. Our bill will provide vital information to arm students and instructors with the tools to combat this horrific plague.”
Bonta has partnered with the PROTECT Coalition which has been a leader on educating students on the issues associated with human trafficking.
“AB 1227 will address the vital aspect of prevention by educating our young people to identify the dangers and avoid becoming exploited in the first place,” Bonta said.
“California has the highest number of human trafficking incidents reported by the National Trafficking Hotline. This is truly a heinous and widespread crime targeting our children. This legislation will not only enhance primary prevention efforts, but we believe it will reduce the vulnerability of all children in California to human trafficking. It is the next logical step to eradicating labor trafficking and commercial sex exploitation in our state,” said Ashlie M. Bryant, Co-Founder and President of the 3Strands Global Foundation, member of the PROTECT coalition and supporter of AB 1227.
AB 1227, which is joint authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), will require public schools to offer age-appropriate curriculum that will comply with state standards and provide a holistic view of the problem.
In 2014, 75 percent of California’s human trafficking cases were related to sex trafficking. The issue hits home for Bonta who represents Oakland, a city that has consistently ranked as a hot spot for human trafficking.
"Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and it must be stopped. This is a top priority for me. I have consistently fought to protect survivors and punish the exploiters and buyers who are destroying young lives," Bonta said.
The PROTECT program was developed by three anti-human trafficking organizations : 3Strands Global, Love Never Fails and Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives. Collectively, PROTECT’s founders have educated more than 100,000 students in 20 California counties and three states (GA, NY and HI) over the last 10 years. As the leading prevention education program in the nation, PROTECT has partnered with the Office of the California Attorney General and the California Department of Education to provide a scalable and systematic prevention education program. PROTECT has also partnered with CISCO systems for the core Learning Management System technology, TIP NOW for its anonymous reporting mobile app and The Institute for Social Research at California State University, Sacramento, to provide program metrics and analytics.
Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus.