RTIEL Youth Leadership Essay Contest Topic
2018 – 2019
Modern-day Slavery: Fighting Human Trafficking in Texas Schools
Human Trafficking is described by many as modern-day slavery and is yet another form of exploitation that robs individuals of their basic human rights. According to the website of the Attorney General for the state of Texas, human trafficking is defined as “the exploitation of men, women, and children for forced labor or sex by a third-party for profit or gain.”
Because so many Americans view this country as one that values freedom and that abolished slavery years ago, many citizens perceive human trafficking as a crime that occurs in other parts of the world or in the more seedy sides of town. However, in the state of Texas over 234,000 individuals have been victims of labor trafficking, and over 79,000 youth have been victims of sex trafficking of minors. This crime occurs right in our backyard; therefore, raising awareness of this hideous crime is essential, if the fight to end trafficking and other such human/civil rights violations is to occur.
Given that many youth who are victims of human trafficking attend school, identifying the signs of human trafficking by school professionals and other concerned students and citizens may be essential in preventing instances of human trafficking. The purpose of this year’s essay is for you to familiarize yourself with the crime of human trafficking by researching the specifics of this crime and being able to articulate this information to others. Additionally, you will learn about how recognizing the signs of human trafficking in local schools may be essential in decreasing the prevalence of this crime in school-age youth. Finally, you will propose a plan to be implemented in your local school and/or community that will focus on raising the awareness of this crime and equipping students, school staff, and concerned citizens with information and resources in order to promote the safety and security of school-age youth.
In researching the topic of Human Trafficking please:
- Watch the video below that is related to Human Trafficking:
- Read the following articles:
- Recognizing the Signs of Human Trafficking in Schools.
- Human Trafficking – Fort Worth Police Department
- Human Trafficking – Office of the Attorney General of Texas
In writing your essay, please organize your essay by:
- Briefly defining the crime of human trafficking and identifying those who are most at-risk for being victimized in this manner.
- Briefly describing how recognizing the signs of human trafficking in local schools may be essential in decreasing the prevalence of this crime in school-age youth.
- Proposing a plan to be implemented in your local school and/or community that will focus on raising the awareness of this crime and equipping students, school staff, and concerned citizens with information and resources in order to promote the safety and security of school-age youth.
- When considering your plan, think about what realistic actions you would propose that would positively impact our communities, cities, states, nation, and/or the world as it relates to the crime of human trafficking? When discussing your plan, be practical and specific about the goals you want to achieve and how you want to achieve them.
Be sure to take note of the following specific points:
- Entries will only be accepted electronically. Essays should be submitted by sending an email with the essay as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by the contest deadline. You will receive a confirmation email that your essay was received. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please send an email message to email@example.com to inquire about your entry.
- There is no entry fee.
- Please use Times New Roman/12 point font to write your paper. The document should be written in a software program such as Microsoft Word.
- Type your essay entry in English, free from spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors.
- Double-space your entire essay, and maintain one inch margins—top, bottom, right, and left.
- Create a header on each page, top right, that includes your essay identification number (which you will receive once you have completed the online registration) and the page number.
- Place your essay title on the first page, top center.
- Address the essay topic in 750 to 1,500 words.
- Report the number of words used in your essay at the end of your essay text, prior to the bibliography or works cited page.
- The word count does not include the bibliography or works cited page, nor works cited in footnotes, if footnotes are used.
- To obtain your essay’s word count without the number of words used in the bibliography or works cited, highlight your essay text only, go to the computer word-count tool (under “Tools” on the computer tool bar), and the word-count tool will read only the highlighted words.
- All entries must follow acceptable standards regarding attribution of direct quotations, paraphrases, and ideas of others, using endnotes or in-text citations. Standardized citations and a bibliography or works cited page are required to identify all research sources.
- Once an entry is submitted it cannot be changed, altered or modified.
- All registration and entry information submitted becomes the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.
- By entering, student entrants agree to the Official Terms and Conditions of the Contest and to the decisions from the Sponsor, which will be final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest.