Lesson Plans – Human Trafficking

End Trafficking
Middle school   High school
Source: Teach UNICEF
Four lesson unit of interactive lessons that define trafficking, offer survivor stories, and suggest ways to take action. Excellent photo essay.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, geography, current events


History, Human Rights, and the Power of One: Modern-Day Slavery in the USA and Youth for Sale

Source: Fredrick Douglass Family Initiative and Not My Life
Two history-based modules that focus on the problem of slavery in the USA by introducing the legal framework of abolition in the U.S. (including the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act) along with stories from survivors of slavery, from the past and present. The second module, “Youth for Sale,” provides a basic understanding of the labor and sexual exploitation of children around the world
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, current events


Juliana Dogbadzie
Source: Speak Truth to Power Curriculum, RFK Center
Activities based on the Juliana Dogbadzi story of escape from a modern form of slavery.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies, world religions, women’s studies


Not My Life

Middle school High school
Source: Teach UNICEF
Four-lesson unit with interactive lessons define trafficking, offer survivor stories, and suggest ways to take action. Excellent  photo essay.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, geography


Slavery and Human Rights

Source: Anti-Slavery International
Explores contemporary forms of slavery such as bonded labor and human trafficking.
Grade Level:  middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, current events


Slavery Curriculum
Source: Liberty Asia
5-Module interactive curriculum that defines human trafficking, its causes and its solution.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies, current events


Stop Human Trafficking: An Educator’s Manual
Source: International Organisation for Migration, South Africa
Lesson plans, posters, action ideas. Created in South Africa but easily adaptable.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies, current events


Understanding Modern-Day Slavery
Source: Advocates for Human Rights
Considers modern forms of slavery, misconceptions of contemporary human trafficking, and trafficking as a human rights violation.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies, current events