According to the U.S. Department of State, over 24 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide. This modern day slavery subjects victims to force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. This unit seeks to raise awareness about the problem and its causes so that students can take appropriate action to enact solutions.
The objectives for this unit are:
#9: Identify causes of oppression against & analyze solutions
#17: Take position on issue & provide input to elected officials
After completing a Problem Solving Analysis Protocol (PSAP) graphic organizer, students will view Indifference is not an Option from END IT Movement featuring the stories of three former slaves who were rescued.
Students will read and comprehend complex informational texts (P.O. #2) by annotating the followings:
Action - Writing Letters to Elected Officials
In order to function effectively, our government depends on citizens who are not just personally responsible, but also active participants in democratic life. One strategy participatory citizens use to accomplish change is to write their elected representatives. In fact, Congressional staffers rank constituent emails ahead of visits from lobbyists when asked what strategies have the most influence on legislators.
Elected official staffers carefully read, record, and respond to each and every letter received by their offices. For this assignment, you’ll have the opportunity to voice your opinion on pending human trafficking legislation to elected officials. As federal and state leaders prepare to debate human trafficking legislation, this seems like an opportune time to let your opinion be heard.