The Education Committee of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking exists to engage students and educators throughout the state by providing practical resources and support in awareness efforts.
Our committee desires to inspire an abolitionist movement within our classrooms and schools.
We believe that education is one of the most effective tools in the prevention of Human Trafficking as students and educators learn and understand the risk factors and warning signs.
Please join our efforts by uniting under the #njstudentsforfreedom on twitter and help us build a community of abolitionists.
LOCKER SLAM: A School Awareness Program for January - HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH
The NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking was awarded a grant by NORTHEAST COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION to bring LOCKER SLAM to schools throughout the state in January 2019.
We engaged over 35 schools in Jan 2019, and they used 8,000 magnets to raise awareness among students during January’s Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR MAGNETS FOR JAN 2020
If your school wants to run a Locker Slam awareness activity please apply below:
Applications will be more successful where it can be shown that real action will be taken using these magnets (e.g. social media campaign using #NJStudentsForFreedom).
School authorization to place magnets on lockers is also a pre-requisite for a successful application.
DEADLINE TO APPLY IS NOVEMBER 22, 2019.
Applicants will be notified by December 6, 2019 if they have been successful in being awarded a set of magnets.
LOCKER SLAM ONE-PAGER
To help secure administrative permission for LOCKER SLAM we have prepared a one-pager on why this matters.
You can download this document below to share with school principals and administrative staff.
Please check out prior LOCKER SLAM activity on social media @njhumantrafficking on Facebook and Instagram, using #NJStudentsForFreedom.
The different phrases on the magnets are:
PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE FOR SALE
SLAVERY STILL EXISTS
BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS
ABOLISH MODERN-DAY SLAVERY
THERE ARE MORE SLAVES TODAY THAN EVER BEFORE
YOUR VOICE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
I AM AN ABOLITIONIST
These phrases were developed by the students of Project Stay Gold - a middle and high school abolitionist movement in Jefferson Township, NJ.
Questions about this program? Please contact Education Committee Co-chair Danny Papa at Danny@njhumantrafficking.org
Speakers Bureau Volunteers in High Schools and Middle Schools
The NJCAHT Speakers Bureau has programming suitable for high school students and middle school students.
Additionally, the Speakers Bureau has a license to show “I am Little Red” - a 10-minute animated short narrated by Jessica Chastain - in middle schools.
Education is prevention!
If you are interested in joining the Education Committee - which empowers students and educators to raise awareness and prevent human trafficking in our communities - please fill out the form below.
Read about engaging students in the work to end human trafficking by Education Committee Co-Chair Danny Papa:
INSPIRING STUDENT ACTIVISM By Danny Papa - Spring 2018 "Educational Viewpoints"
Human Trafficking in America's Schools
"I had a feeling that my teacher knew something was wrong in my life. I would notice her looking at me...almost like she wanted to say something to me."
Child sex trafficking survivor, 16 years old
US Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Human Trafficking in America's Schools, Washington D.C., 2015
Awareness in Elementary Schools
We have materials and resources (see below) aimed at Middle School and High School.
For Elementary School we have a program produced by one of our member organizations based around a multi-lingual coloring book, and easy to follow song - all about staying SAFE.
Listen a sample of the song here:
Education Committee Resources: