Your empathy sparks the prevention priority.

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iEmpathize is pleased to release the second annual Prevention Priority Report, an analysis of the state-by-state legislative provisions related to prevention education for youth. The purpose of this report is to:

  1. Generate a list of provisions that make prevention education accessible
  2. Incite states to take legislative actions to improve their inclusion of such provisions
  3. Encourage collaboration between states

This year’s data illustrates one trend in particular: Many states earned most or all of their rubric points for actions that can be taken with adults, such as for the formation of a task force and for mandating training for youth-serving professionals. However, few states receive points for provisions related to youth themselves, including the essential need to provide youth with direct instruction about human trafficking and prevention strategies.

This is particularly concerning because we know prevention is more thorough and effective if it also engages youth. We cannot rely solely upon efforts focused on adults. Adults aren’t with youth all the time and are therefore incapable of shielding them from every obstacle and pitfall waiting around the corner. The biggest improvement states can make to improve prevention measures is to ensure that all youth have the right to experience prevention education.

And we know that it can happen. In 2017, California stepped forward as a leader in exploitation prevention. With the passage of California’s Assembly Bill 1227, students in that state will have access to prevention education at every grade level. If every state could adopt the prevention-prioritizing measures that California has adopted, students across the nation could have the same opportunities.

Empathizer, we need your help to elevate the prevention priority. We need you to use this report to promote prevention education in your own community. In addition to providing a summary of the legislative provisions of each state, this year’s report includes the following enhancements, making it an even more viable tool for your use:

  • The addition of ratings for Washington, D.C.
  • An improved rating scheme with additional indicators in the “Task Force” and “Prevention Curriculum” categories.
  • Call-to-Action pages for each state and the District of Columbia that anyone can use to engage lawmakers, school leaders, and other gatekeepers to take action in their own state.

Empathy is active engagement. We hope that this report serves as yet another method for you to actively engage with us. Join the tribe; your empathy sparks the prevention priority.

Explore the report and its related resources here.


-August 2018