Teach Against Trafficking started when Catherine and Suzanne attended Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in August of 2019. Attendees were tasked with developing a project that would reduce human trafficking in their communities. Teach Against Trafficking began as a single presentation that taught about consent, human trafficking, and legislation regarding human trafficking. After presenting their project proposal to the Lewisburg Sunrise Rotary Club, Catherine and Suzanne realized the potential impact it could have on their community. It has since expanded into a broader educational initiative that seeks to end human trafficking through awareness and advocacy.
Meet the team
Catherine (she/her) is a member of the class of 2026 at Yale University studying ethnicity, race, and migration. She is passionate about ending human trafficking because of its disproportional impact on vulnerable communities which she sees firsthand in her rural town. She hopes Teach Against Trafficking can be a tool used by communities to reduce trafficking and encourage community engagement in advocacy.
Suzanne (she/her) is a high school senior with a passion for working with education-based social justice initiatives. She is drawn to the issue of human trafficking because of its prevalence on U.S. Route 15, a highway that runs through her home community. She hopes Teach Against Trafficking will raise awareness for human trafficking and serve as an educational resource for communities and schools across the nation. In college, Suzanne plans to study neuroscience, anthropology, and public health.
Erin (she/her) is a high school sophomore. She is passionate about helping her community through Teach Against Trafficking presentations because she values providing others with factual information on and applicable actions against the issue of human trafficking. She hopes Teach Against Trafficking can help people of all backgrounds learn how to make their communities safer, and how to engage in meaningful advocacy! In the future, Erin plans to attend college. Her favorite subjects are writing, history, sociology, and law.