Senior Project: Anti-Human Trafficking Club and Awareness
By Sydney Schultz
Hi everyone, my name is Sydney Schultz and for my Senior Project I am starting an anti-human trafficking club at Seton. At the end of the year, my final project will be giving a presentation to the entire student body and bringing awareness to the issue of human trafficking through my presentation and club activities.
Human trafficking is considered as a form of modern day slavery and is a serious issue. Contrary to popular belief, human trafficking does happen in the United States, and even right here in Cincinnati. For my Senior Project, I will be assisted by my mentor, Erin Meyer, who is the Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator for the Salvation Army. Meyer works closely with the Cincinnati Police Department and will be reliable in providing me with creative and interesting ways to bring about this awareness.
During the month of November, this Anti-Human Trafficking Club will begin. I decided to create this club in order to raise awareness of this devastating topic. Many students here at Seton are not aware of the negative effects of human trafficking, and some students may not even know what it is to begin with. Although the process of planning the club is still in progress, there are many activities already planned in which club members can partake. Members of the club would help raise awareness by creating posters, pamphlets, or videos at club meetings once every other week. These visual aids will be distributed to students and hung throughout the hallways to promote awareness.
Have you ever seen the movie Taken with Liam Neeson? Although this is a good representation of what human trafficking is, the movie takes place in Paris, which often leads adolescents to believe that human trafficking only happens in countries on the other side of the globe. This theory is NOT true. It is happening everywhere and one of the main goals of the club is to prove to students that it does not only happen in foreign countries.
After seeing Taken, senior Morgan Masminster said “I never thought that something like that could happen, especially in the United States. Seeing how human trafficking happened in the movie was completely shocking. I couldn’t believe that there is not more awareness about it the issue. I definitely will be joining the club.”
Human trafficking is a growing problem in contemporary society and the best way to put a stop to it is to make people more aware of the signs of it and the severe problems it brings into a society. More information will be announced when the club is finalized.
I also still need a club moderator, so if you are a teacher or staff member and you are as passionate as I am about this issue and are interested in helping, please contact me.
If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to send me an email. Sydney.Schultz@Setoncincinnati.org