This project aims to enhance the well-being of middle and high school students across North Carolina (NC) by developing evidence-informed and developmentally appropriate content and protocols to teach students about sex trafficking and connect at-risk students with needed services. These materials are being developed for use in NC public schools, including alternative schools for higher risk students.

To inform development of these materials, our University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) research team gathered information from a wide range of perspectives on the types of information that should be contained in the content and the protocols, and the format in which they should be presented. We did this through:

  • Conducting reviews of literature and research on school-based human trafficking programs and protocols;
  • Administering surveys to representative samples of principals and superintendents in middle and high schools across NC (including alternative schools); and
  • Conducting stakeholder discussion groups across NC.

To everyone who participated in the surveys and discussion groups – thank you! Your valuable insight continues to be integrated into the program curriculum, activities, and resources. Currently, the team is:

  • Adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of all NC public schools, including alternative schools
  • Refining our training for staff, teachers, school administrators and school staff
  • Updating our website to include the latest program information and resources

If you have any questions about the project or are seeking information not provided on this website, please feel free to contact any of the three project investigators: