U.S. Department of Education: Help teach kids about historical and modern slavery
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U.S. Department of Education: Help teach kids about historical and modern slavery

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      U.S. Students and the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Frederick Douglass

Slavery isn't just history; it still exists today.  That's why we're asking the U.S. Department of Education to help facilitate the National Human Trafficking Education Program. . . including curricula that teach historical slavery and Human Trafficking prevention and demand reduction, as well as provide teacher training and reporting protocal training materials.

January 1, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Abraham Lincoln undoubtedly believed that, when he finally saw the end to legalized slavery in America, it would never return. But slavery has returned. Today, we call it Human Trafficking and you can do something about it.

Tens of thousands of children, women and men in America are enslaved right now through illegal labor practices or they’re prostituted in the commercial sex industry. Hundreds of thousands more are vulnerable to being trafficked as well.

Legalized slavery has been abolished in every country, but now it exists all over the world as a black market industry. The best way to combat Human Trafficking is for all of us first to inform ourselves about this crime. Understanding the issue will reduce the chances that you and your loved ones will become its victims. The next step is to take collective action. We must speak in one voice to make changes that will begin to eliminate Human Trafficking from our communities.

Students across the country have collaborated with the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation to produce the New Proclamation of Freedom. Young people are speaking with one voice to encourage the U.S. Department of Education to make Human Trafficking education a priority for U.S. public schools. Can secondary school education on this issue really bring about meaningful change? Abraham Lincoln said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”

Please read the New Proclamation and join this effort to make both short-term and long-term changes on the issue of Human Trafficking.

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    • Stella Plenk CAMBRIDGE, MA
      • 9 months ago

      Human Trafficking is one of the most disgusting aspects of today's society and recently in a survey I conducted of 100 students at my school, 85 of them said they thought more education in the curriculum on human trafficking is necessary.

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    • Gaile Ferguson LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 10 months ago

      My story is simple. I was given away at birth and at about age 1 adopted by two angels. I have never been abused and can only image the internal strength that it takes to overcome and choose life. I hope for the protection and freedom of women and children globally. It is my honor to be consider part of a group of others that think the same towards all humankind.

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    • Gaile Ferguson LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 10 months ago

      I hope for global freedom.

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    • Gretchen Resley OSAKIS, MN
      • 11 months ago

      I am a mother of two teenage daughters and a teacher of many more. Human trafficking needs to be stopped.

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    • Melissa Bergquist OSAKIS, MN
      • 11 months ago

      Knowledge is power and what inspires and encourages change.

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