“Not a Number,” a youth human trafficking and exploitation prevention program, will be offered to 150 10th grade students in Plainfield this year.
Licensed and specially trained clinicians with the United Community and Family Services will lead the sessions, thanks to a $3,890 grant from the Northeast Women and Girls Fund.
The five-module curriculum was designed to teach youth how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation through information, critical thinking, and skill development. Clinicians will cover a host of subjects, including red flags and relationships, reducing risky behavior, and learning how to access community resources.
The curriculum was created by Love146, an international human rights organization. It was developed for male and female youth between the ages of 12 and 18. Piloted in Connecticut, Florida, and Texas, the program has been to youth in schools, residential programs, and juvenile justice agencies.