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Putting Montana Students First
Children growing up in a digital world need extra tools to stay safe from predators. The resources on this website have been compiled to empower parents, educators, child-care providers, and community members to protect children against sex trafficking and other forms of child sexual abuse. Many things can increase a child's vulnerability, such as unhealthy relationships, unfiltered social media or internet access, exposure to pornography, sexting, bullying, substance abuse, homelessness, low self-confidence, etc. With increased awareness and education, you can help Montana children become resistant to all forms of sexual exploitation.
Montana Code Annotated: 20-7-1311:
Montana Code Annotated: 20-7-1316:
Montana Code Annotated 41-3-201:
Anti-human trafficking response protocols should be tailored to an individual community's resources. Protocols should be developed and piloted through partnerships including schools; Child Protective Services; local, county, state, and federal policy/law enforcement; prosecutors; medical providers; and victim services organizations.
The Polaris Project developed a generic protocol designed for educators - it is shown here with some modifications to specifically identify sex trafficking red flags and indicators, as well as identifying 911 as the preferred contact.
Polaris Project Protocol Flow Cart
*Funding Opportunity* Grants for schools for White Ribbon Week and Stand Week are available through End Exploitation Montana, generally available through Nov. 30 of each year.
White Ribbon Week:
Educate Empower Kids:
Montana School Guidelines for the Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect 2020-2022, MT Department of Public Health and Human Services
Human Trafficking in America's Schools:
Addressing the Growing Problem of Domestic Sex Trafficking of Minors through PBIS:
Human Trafficking of Children in the United States: A Fact Sheet for Schools- U.S. Department of Education
The Facts around Sex Trafficking- Polaris Project
How to Recognize the Signs of Human Trafficking- Polaris Project
National Educators to Stop Trafficking (NEST):
The LifeLine Project:
POWER UP, SPEAK OUT! :
OPI's Curriculum One-Pager:
Teacher Learning Hub Courses:
Child Trafficking Awareness and Prevention.
Warning Signs: Child Sexual Abuse:
Mandatory Reporter Hub Course:
MT Department of Justice: Human Trafficking 101 Training
Montana Department of Justice - Human Trafficking
To request a human trafficking presentation for your organization, contact DOJ's special Services Bureau at (406) 444-1476.
The year 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. In recognition of this significant milestone, the U.S. Department of Education is conducting a webinar series to address the growing response of America's schools to child trafficking. Be sure to check out a recording of their most recent webinar Addressing Human Trafficking: An Expanded Look at Online Safety. Recording of the earlier webinars Identifying and Supporting Students Affected by Human Trafficking and Human Trafficking: Online Safety are also available.
Victims of Sex Trafficking
Runaway and Homeless Youth
Genie Zeeck, Health Enhancement Program Specialist - 406.444.3178
Michelle Cusey, Coordinated School Health Unit Director- 406.431.3029