Collaborating to Keep Kids Safe Across Systems and Across the State: A Focus on Human Trafficking and Florida's Schools

Valerie Ellery - Human Trafficking Educational Specialist, Florida Department of Education | Robin Thompson, JD MA - STAC Executive Director, The Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center

June 19, 2020

Training Description

Schools are vital to an effective community response to human trafficking. The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has been a leader in informing educators and all Floridians about human trafficking. Recent FDOE rules require each school to develop a plan on child trafficking prevention and education. Effective and safe school response plans include collaborations with many sectors and systems: child welfare professionals, school district leadership, federal and local law enforcement, mental health, victim services providers, culturally specific organizations, and other caring community partners – all important to the development and implementation of each school’s response and to student safety and well-being.