Human Trafficking Resources for Teachers and Students

On January 10, 2014, our blog post Human Trafficking, detailed the global prevalence and impact of human trafficking. Considered a form of modern slavery, human trafficking is a designated crime against humanity and takes place in countries all over the world, including the United States.

Because it largely occurs out of the public eye, human trafficking only recently came to the attention of law enforcement officials and human rights advocates. However, many local, national, and international movements have emerged to raise awareness, prevent, and support human trafficking victims.

The resources listed below, which include articles, lesson plans, documentaries, and related information, were gathered to help teachers better integrate important topics such as human trafficking into their lessons and classroom discussions.


In the Philippines, a Fight to End Human Trafficking and Offer Refuge
PBS Agents of Change story that profiles Visayan Forum, the Philippines’s largest anti-trafficking group that rescues unemployed, low-income girls who are targets for human trafficking.

When Emily Was Sold for Sex
The New York Times op-ed piece by Nicholas Kristof that exemplifies human trafficking’s presence in the United States.

Lesson Plans

Anti-Slavery Education Resources
Information and lesson plans focused on human rights and slavery, child labor, and how slavery is linked to the things we buy.

Child Trafficking
Teach UNICEF’s unit and lesson plans for 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade students.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide
Lesson plans and film modules to be used in conjunction with the PBS documentary series based on Nick Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn’s book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide.

Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative
Lesson plans on human trafficking from Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative fellows.

What is Modern Slavery? The Learning Network
A lesson plan to teach students about human trafficking, its causes and consequences, and the effects of globalization.

Related Information

Part of the Not for Sale campaigns, this map records and displays reports of human trafficking all over the world.

U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Information on the U.S. Department of State Office that aims to prevent human trafficking, protect its victims, and prosecute human trafficking offenders.


Free the Slaves documentaries
Short documentaries on different aspects of modern-day slavery.

How to Combat Modern Slavery
TED talk with Kevin Bales, co-founder of Free the Slaves, explaining the business of modern-day slavery.

Too Close to Home
Documentary about human trafficking in Tampa Bay, Florida.

If you’re interested in learning more about human trafficking and local initiatives against the practice, join us on March 19, 2014 for a screening of the documentary Not My Life. A panel discussion will follow the film. Moderated by Deb Acklin, President and CEO of WQED Multimedia, the panel will include Elizabeth Echevarria, CEO and Founder of Living in Liberty; Anne Rackow, Planning and Evaluation Manager of the Project to End Human Trafficking and Co-Facilitator of the Western PA Human Trafficking Coalition; and, a representative from the FBI. Visit our website for more information and to register.

By: Ciara O’Connor, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Intern