About the Legislation

The US Department of Homeland Security enacted “The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act” (TVPA) in 2000. TVPA combats trafficking in persons, especially into the sex trade, slavery, and involuntary servitude. It has been reauthorized three times since its initial passage.

The federal government also emphasizes the role of schools in combating child trafficking. One report released by the U.S. Department of Education identifies the following responsibilities schools have to address child trafficking.

  • Increase staff awareness and educate staff on the indicators and nature of the crime

  • Increase parent and student awareness of the risks involved with trafficking

  • Develop and clearly articulate district and school wide policies on and protocols for identifying a suspected victim or responding to disclosure from a suspected victim.

Reporting and Tracking

  • The Cool Aunt dashboard allows users (whether individual or groups such as schools and organizations) to have access to completion rates, user engagement and participation.

  • This is critical in not only informing compliance but also reception for participants.

Badging and Certification

Completion of The Cool Aunt Series provides a summary as well as Certificate of Completion for individual participants as well as a digital badge schools and organizations can post on their website to show their compliance status. In addition, school badging provides peace of mind to parents as well as future enrollees that the safety of their students is a top priority in the fight against human trafficking.

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