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Local Anti-Human Trafficking Non-Profit Provides Teen Prevention Education Program

Kate Miller, Virginia Free Citizen

Anti-human trafficking organization, Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI), is spreading a message of human trafficking prevention through its award-winning Prevention Project® program.

Its 6-lesson academic curriculum “focuses on educating teens on the issues of human trafficking locally and globally, developing healthy safe awareness and boundaries, strengthening character and fostering leadership amongst the students,” program materials state.

“The goal of the Prevention Project curriculum is to prevent human trafficking, the sale and exploitation of human beings for profit, from occurring in our schools, among our nation’s youth.”


Human Trafficking Prevention Education Program Earns Corporate Financial Support

Kate Miller, Virginia Free Citizen

Anti-human trafficking organization, Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI), is spreading a message of human trafficking prevention through its signature, award-winning Prevention Project® program.  A team comprised of survivors of teen human trafficking, law enforcement, educators, and anti-trafficking experts have developed this program.  The Prevention Project curriculum was designed to reach middle and high school students in their classrooms, educating teens about human trafficking in an effort to not only raise awareness but also protect them from this growing global crime.

According to the US Department of Justice, the average age of entry for someone forced into sex slavery is between 11 and 14 for girls and boys, and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children states that 300,000 US children are thought to be at risk for sexual exploitation each year.


Virginia Closes Legal Gap on Human Trafficking

(Editor’s note: Human Trafficking in Virginia is a core issue of The Virginia Free Citizen)

By Lyndsey Raynor, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Twenty-five years after the hit movie “Pretty Woman,” Virginia is getting more serious about an issue that the film treats humorously – sex trafficking.

With the passage of House Bill 1964 and Senate Bill 1188, Virginia is the final state in the nation to enact a stand-alone law against human trafficking, officials say. Both bills were passed unanimously in the General Assembly and have been signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Statistics show why such legislation is needed

There are 25 active cases against human traffickers in Henrico County, according to Mike Feinmel, the assistant commonwealth’s attorney there. Last year, Fairfax County received reports of 79 traffickers, but the state could prosecute only 10, Bill Wolfe, the lead detective for the Fairfax County Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit. More

Coalition Works To Strengthen Laws Against Human Traffickers

Human Trafficking in VirginiaVirginia’s status as the last state to enact a standalone statute for human trafficking may be a thing of the past after the General Assembly in 2015.

Several groups have formed a coalition called Kids Are Not For Sale to strengthen laws against human traffickers by passing legislation that creates a separate statute for human trafficking in Virginia. Shared Hope International, Richmond Justice Initiative, Regency Law School and the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative are all a part of the grassroots movement to enact the new statute. The statute eliminates the need to prove coercion, force or fraud, if the victim is a minor. More

RJI Receives $10,000 Contribution from AT&T for Prevention Education

Press release from the Richmond Justice Initiative:

RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI) received a $10,000 contribution from AT&T to support its ongoing prevention education programs.

The announcement was made at Hermitage High School.

The latest contribution from AT&T will allow RJI’s signature, award-winning Prevention Project® program to expand its prevention education resources and to continue to reach more schools around Virginia, and across the country! The Prevention Project team works with advocates and local school officials to get the curriculum in their schools. The Prevention Project is now in North Carolina, Texas, Oregon, and has furthered its reach to more schools in VA!   More