The objective of this project is to:
• Create a sustainable large-scale project in the Sacramento region to combat human trafficking.
• Promote elimination of human trafficking in the areas of sex trafficking, forced or bonded labor, domestic servitude, and child begging.
• Promote a broad and holistic education identification and prevention program that disseminates education and awareness at the county and educator level of leadership, as well as downloadable curriculum for educators to deliver to their students.
• Raise the level of public awareness of the crime of human trafficking through a public awareness campaign.
• Collaborate with foreign Rotary clubs that will help with our project, setting the foundation for a reciprocal grant where we can help with trafficking in their area.
To provide a project model focused on human trafficking that can be easily replicated in Rotary Districts throughout the US and Internationally
Human trafficking is the second biggest issue in the World (only behind drug trafficking) according to the FBI. There are an estimated 20 million people enslaved globally, according to The International Labour Organization. Human trafficking is more than a $150 billion industry. According to Polaris, the Sacramento region is considered a hotbed for sex trafficking in the United States.
Our long term vision is to develop two Rotary International global grants of $500,000 each in the next couple of years, to fight human trafficking in Sacramento. In working with leaders in the field of human trafficking, we have determined that there are two main needs in our region (that seem to be global as well). The first is a holistic education program that creates and disseminates education and awareness information to children, healthcare workers, law enforcement, educators, and the public at large to prevent human trafficking. The second is the establishment of an Assessment Center to act as a safe, compassionate, physical site where a full needs assessment can be performed for each rescued victim, followed by a referral to the appropriate local non-profit partners, government agencies, and healthcare workers.
The first grant D5180 is creating and we are asking for funding addresses the educational needs regarding human trafficking. The project scope for the Rotary District 5180 educational grant will consist of (a) a sex trafficking education program rolled out to teachers, administrators, and students in 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th grades; (b) a 3-month human trafficking public awareness campaign; and (c) a mobile application for law enforcement, healthcare workers, and government agencies that details the human trafficking services available in a specific county. We have partnered with leaders in each of these areas in order to bring these services to District 5180.
The 3Strands Education Program, PROTECT
What will be done?
Under this grant, PROTECT (Prevention Organized To Educate Children on Trafficking) will be provided by teachers to students in the 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades.
Description of the 3Strands program
The PROTECT Program provides human trafficking awareness programs to high schools, colleges, corporations, community and faith-based organizations to increase awareness of human trafficking and to support prevention efforts. In 2015, the 3Strands Global Break Free Education Program curriculum was certified by National Educators to Stop Trafficking (NEST) for inclusion on the curriculum comparison chart for educators. NEST is a comprehensive clearinghouse that serves to empower and equip educators by providing youth-focused prevention resources to those committed to eliminating sex trafficking in their communities.
3Strands Global, the Frederick Douglas Family Initiatives, and Love Never Fails formed a collaboration with the Office of the Attorney General and the CA Department of Education (CDE) and developed curriculum in modules that allow 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grade teachers to incorporate the topic of human trafficking into their annual educational calendar. The mission being to reduce vulnerability of children in order to identify and prevent human trafficking. PROTECT objectives are to:
• Train county safety service providers to identify and respond to incidents of human trafficking in a coordinated fashion
• Prepare teachers and school staff to identify, prevent, and respond to human trafficking
• Educate students about various risk factors, tactics of exploiters and legal aspects of human trafficking to prevent and encourage identification of exploitation
• Provide research metrics for risk reduction.
Education curriculum materials are grade-level appropriate, state standard-compliant and provide a holistic view of the problem. The educational materials illustrate techniques that support identification of potential and actual human trafficking victims and the prevention of human trafficking. Desired outcomes of this training are:
• Identification - A coordinated effort of all stakeholders so they can effectively identify - and communicate the identification of - potential human trafficking victims in schools. This will include ensuring the appropriate communication with and referral to necessary agencies.
• Education - Grade-level appropriate curricula will be used in California classrooms, as well as with county and school leadership, to help teachers and students understand the dangers and methods of human traffickers.
• Implementation - By using a Learning Management System PROTECT is both scalable and a systematic way to get students educated effectively and efficiently. Processes will be put in place to effectively identify at-risk students to prevent exploitation.
• Research - Student surveys and teacher reports will be used to collect information from the classroom regarding impact of the curricula. The PROTECT project is working with The Institute for social Research at Sacramento State University. There is a logic model and evaluation plan that has paved the way to establishing solid data. Because data is rare in this area, this work will be ground-breaking. This information will be used to prepare assessment reports.
Participants in this program are those students attending school districts where PROTECT is provided. Currently there are 5,373 teachers being educated and 89,153 students. The 3Strands Global Education Recap (attachment) provides statistics on the number of students and adults who were educated in the PROTECT program between 2010 and 2016.
The Grace Network
What will be done
The Grace Network will provide first responders throughout the region with a mobile resource application, named GraceCity and train them in its use. First responders, such as advocates, case managers, chaplains, counselors, law enforcement, medical professionals, pastors, social workers, and teachers will be the primary users.
• Be a resource for law enforcement, social workers, and other community based organizations to enable them to holistically and effectively combat human trafficking.
• Increase reach and effectiveness of in the anti-trafficking program we will implement.
• Provide trafficking victims and high-risk individuals with life-saving services.
The Grace Network will recognize Rotary for their support within the information feature of the GraceCity app.
Description of the Grace Network
The Grace Network exists to mobilize communities and provide them with anti-human-trafficking resources. This project will utilize their GraceCity mobile resource application that is available for iPhones and Android devices. This is a centralized, user-friendly mobile resource application allowing first responders immediate access to short-term and long-term services for exploited and high-risk individuals. Each anti-trafficking agency featured in the GraceCity application has been vetted to ensure its viability as a safe and effective community resource. Routine maintenance on the GraceCity application is performed semi-annually to monitor and, if needed, improve service accuracy and accessibility. GraceCity is an example of the type of modern electronic/telecommunication technology that can be used across the board by first responders to extend hope to the hurting, reduce response times, and increase their performance efficiency. The GraceCity application was designed so that it can be updated in real time while simultaneously continuing to provide resources to thousands of first responders for all forms of human trafficking.
The Ugly Truth Campaign
What will be done.
The Ugly Truth campaign will be implemented throughout the eight counties in District 5180's boundaries.
Description of the Ugly Truth Campaign
The Ugly Truth campaign is shining a light on the facts about human trafficking and is working to change communities' attitudes and their responses to human trafficking. They use social media, billboards, public transportation kiosks and seating areas, videos, and all multi-media resources to combat human trafficking by educating the general public. Ideal locations for posters include: adult shops, massage/bodywork shops, hospital emergency rooms, farm labor contractor facilities, light rail stations, intercity rail stations, liquor stores, public airports, private job centers, roadside rest areas, truck stops, and urgent care centers.
Using their public awareness materials and strategies, The Ugly Truth will educate the general public on human trafficking. They will help prevent human trafficking by providing: information on available resources, toll free hotline numbers, human trafficking facts, information on the perpetrators of human trafficking, descriptions of typical human trafficking victims, and more.
Recipients of the public awareness campaign will be all residents of the greater Sacramento area (approximately 2.4 million people).
• Rotary District 5180 - Cash $50,000
• Rotary District 5180 - DDF $50,000
• Cash from Rotary Clubs in District 5180 and Other Districts - $50,000
• Partner Districts in the United States - DDF $50,000
• International Partners - DDF $100,000
• Rotary Foundation Global Grant - $200,000