Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education (HTYPE) Demonstration Program

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Publication Date: October 21, 2020

The Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education (HTYPE) Demonstration Program funds local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop and implement programs to prevent human trafficking victimization through the provision of skills-based human trafficking training and education for school staff and students. LEAs establish a cohesive strategy, with the support of a partnered nonprofit or nongovernmental organization (NGO), to provide all aspects of human trafficking prevention education to students and school staff.

LEAs also create and implement a Human Trafficking School Safety Protocol (HTSSP) for handling suspected and confirmed cases of human trafficking in a person-centered, trauma-informed, culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. The LEA engages law enforcement in the development of the HTSSP specifically to address the safety, security, and well-being of staff and students and to define the proper and effective role of school staff in responding to potential and confirmed cases of human trafficking, including notifying and engaging parents, guardians, or caregivers, as appropriate.

Under the HTYPE Demonstration Program, the following activities are required throughout the project period:

  1. Provide human trafficking prevention education to educators and other staff that equips them to identify and respond to students who are experiencing human trafficking or are at high risk, to report concerns in accordance with the HTSSP, and to respond to student disclosures;
  2. Deliver human trafficking prevention education to students that addresses risk factors and is designed to build resilience to labor trafficking and sex trafficking by strengthening students’ knowledge and skills, increasing their perception of risk, and encouraging the adoption of healthy behaviors;
  3. Train qualified individuals employed by the LEA to implement and replicate project activities throughout the school district or identified target area(s); and
  4. Develop and implement the HTSSP in consultation with local law enforcement that facilitates reporting trafficking concerns to the appropriate authorities (e.g., child welfare, law enforcement); notifying parents, guardians, and caregivers, when appropriate; and referring students to supportive, person-centered, trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and linguistically appropriate services.
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