Upcomming Trainings


Human Trafficking (Modern Day Slavery) What adult Education Practitioners Need to Know


at the English Center

3501S.w.28th Street, Room E-1, Miami, Fl. 33133

Past Trainings

Training for Region 5 – Palm Beach County ESOL Teachers (December 2008)

Training for Region 5 – Miami-Dade County ESOL Teachers (February 2009)

Call: +850-644-4550



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Human trafficking is an issue facing us in every walk of life in Florida. It affects our workplaces, families, economies, courts, social services agencies, faith communities and, of course, our schools. Those who teach adults, particularly adult immigrants, are especially likely to encounter human trafficking in their classrooms. They may have victims in class or they may have traffickers in class, posing as students in order to lure them into their trafficking schemes. Teachers and students might know of others who could be trafficked or who might be vulnerable to becoming trafficked. This site is designed to address all of these situations and help teachers and students to understand human trafficking and to know what to do if they know or suspect human trafficking is occurring.

In 2006, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) awarded Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights (the Center) a Civics State Leadership Grant to develop a curriculum module for English Literacy and Civics Education for Limited-English Proficient (LEP) students to incorporate ways to assist victims of human trafficking. The DOE saw those who attend and teach English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes as being in a unique position to help victims and inform their communities about human trafficking. The curriculum module that is included here gives teachers different options on how they can adapt their lesson plans to best fit the needs of their students. This site also offers teachers guidance so they can understand human trafficking, know how to identify human trafficking victims and perpetrators, as well as and whom to contact when they have identified a potential victim.


The overall purpose of this site is to help educators to most effectively determine how to incorporate information on human trafficking in the classroom. The site is divided up into sections to help teachers choose the type and level of information they need to instruct their students. The sections that are geared toward the classroom are Curriculum Framework, Student Performance Standards, Handouts for ESOL Teachers, Sample Lesson Plans, and Activities. These sections provide teachers with specific information about how to teach about human trafficking. The other sections provide information that can be used in the classroom, but which is of a more general nature. The Human Trafficking Manual, Basic Rights & Human Trafficking, Worker Rights and Human Trafficking Guidelines, Human Trafficking Presentation and Resources, are all there to give teachers background information and help.

This site is part of the Center's work for the first year of this project. We are hopeful that in the second year of work we will be able to provide direct training and technical assistance to ESOL teachers throughout Florida. We welcome commentary and suggestions for improvements to this site and are available to assist teachers and communities as they begin to offer information on the very prevalent and horrific phenomenon of human trafficking.