Human Trafficking Awareness

Social and Behavioral

Human trafficking affects the lives of thousands of students in schools throughout the U.S. As the prevalence of trafficking has made it more transparent, it’s clear that shelter workers, community members, religious organizations and school faculty and staff are in contact with victims – and, as a result, may have the opportunity to recognize and help them. This course provides school staff members with an overview of human trafficking, and ways to help identify – and potentially prevent – occurrences of human trafficking. Topics include: the scope of human trafficking, ways of identifying victims, key stories and case studies, warning signs and ways to respond.

  1. Full Course (en español) - 1 hour
    This Spanish version is designed for all school staff. The closed captions are in Spanish.
  2. Full Course - 1 hour
    This version is designed for all school staff.
Course Authors
Catherine Mattice
Catherine Mattice is the president of Civility Partners, a consulting, training and coaching firm focused on helping organizations create more positive and respectful workplaces. She is an adjunct professor, and has authored two books, Back Off! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work and Seeking Civility: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying. Visit for more information.


Emily Waters
Emily Waters is the Director of Human Trafficking Programs at The Safe Center in Long Island, New York, and has been involved in various anti-trafficking efforts for over 10 years. Emily is a survivor of sex trafficking, as well as a licensed clinical social worker. She has served as a consultant in trafficking prevention, research, legislation, operational and leadership support, and aftercare solutions in Eastern Europe, and has conducted trainings and therapy assessments in Southeast Asia. She is on the leadership team and a founder of the TRuST Collaborative, a worldwide mental health network for clinicians working with trafficking survivors. Her research from Bulgaria was featured at the International Social Work Conference in Los Angeles in 2012, and her experience as a director for a CSEC youth treatment center was presented at the American Association of Child Residential Centers Conference in 2015. She presented her research for aftercare for adult trafficking survivors at the International Association for Group Social Work and in Mitigating Vicarious Trauma at the JuST Conference in 2016, and Therapeutic Modalities for working with Trafficking Survivors at JuST 2017. Emily holds a Master of Social Work degree from Azusa Pacific University and a Master of Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University, and is completing her PhD in Social Work at Walden University.