BISD and Harvest House Team Up Against Trafficking
Beaumont ISD is partnering with Harvest House, a Beaumont non-profit that works to end child sex trafficking in Southeast Texas, to train middle and high school students in a district-wide trafficking awareness and prevention program.
“My goal is to strengthen our prevention education surrounding sex trafficking, as well as the way we respond to concerns about students,” said BISD At-Risk Coordinator Jacqueline Shirey. “We are very fortunate to have such dedicated agencies in our region that make up the Southeast Texas Alliance Against Trafficking. I am excited that the collaboration within the community continues to develop.”
The District will also be training staff using the Keeping Students Safe program from Unbound Global, an anti-trafficking organization in Texas.
“Our goal is to get as many members of our district community trained as possible; this includes staff, students and parents,” said Shirey. “We want everyone in our BISD family to know how to identify children and youth at risk of being trafficked, as well as how to respond to a situation when exploitation is a clear concern. ”
By the end of February, the district will have over 1,500 staff members trained, including campus-based staff and non-campus district personnel.
“Partnering with BISD Schools is vital to an effective community response to human trafficking,” said Harvest House Founder and CEO Lisa Boler. “Prevention is not just to protect children from traffickers, but also to prevent potential traffickers from exploiting others in the future. Our goal is to increase youth engagement and generate youth-informed and youth-friendly prevention messages.”