Not My Life Resources

Hundreds of educators and students all over the world are using Not My Life to raise awareness about human trafficking in classrooms, on campuses, and at special screening events. Human rights and related issues are being taught from middle school through post graduate courses, and increasingly, Not My Life is a vital part of these curricula.

Not My Life Educational Use DVD & Download

The Educational Use DVD and Download are available in both the feature-length version -  best for student / faculty events and rallies on campus; and a special 30-minute Classroom version of the film that was created specifically for in-class study and discussion.

Not My Life Discussion Guide

The discussion guide is designed to stimulate conversation and provides suggestions for further action for each of the 12 segments in Not My Life. Themes covered in the discussion guide include forced labor, sex trafficking, sex tourism, child exploitation, domestic servitude, and children in armed conflict.


Not My Life has partnered with the US Fund for UNICEF’s END Trafficking Project and the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives to offer educational curricula suitable for secondary school audiences. These free curricula provide educators with classroom resources and empower students to get involved in the anti-trafficking movement. Both offerings feature the 30-minute education version of Not My Life and conform to Common Core State Standards.


US Fund for UNICEF: TeachUNICEF EndTrafficking Unit

Grades 6-8, 9-12

TeachUNICEF End Trafficking Unit : Not My Life Educator Screening and Discussion Guide includes a 30 minute version of Not My Life, and an accompanying viewing guide designed to engage students on human trafficking as it occurs in the U.S. and around the world. Educators are encouraged to use Not My Life in conjunction with the TeachUNICEF End Trafficking middle or high school units.

For more information, email Educator resources on child trafficking can be found at


Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives: History, Human Rights and the Power of One

Grades 7-12


This curriculum offers two history-based trafficking prevention modules for use by teachers and secondary students:

Human Trafficking: Modern-Day Slavery in the United States focuses on the problem of slavery in our country by introducing the legal framework of abolition in the U.S. (including the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act) along with stories from survivors of slavery, from the past and present. The goal of this module is that students will understand how slaves were and are controlled through coercion manifested both physically and/or psychologically, and will understand the similarities and differences of historical and modern-day slavery.

Youth for Sale will provide students a basic understanding of the labor and sexual exploitation of children around the world. It describes the greatest risk factors for being trafficked and the methods international traffickers use to lure or force children into slavery. It exposes students to actual victims’ stories and empowers them to protect themselves and their peers from traffickers—as well as begin to work on projects to end trafficking worldwide.

For more information email FDFI at or visit

Liberty Asia: Slavery Curriculum

Grades 10-12

Our Not My Life Awareness Initiative partners, Liberty Asia have also developed a school curriculum for raising awareness about human trafficking with students. At the present time, this curriculum does not incorporate a Not My Life component, but we are working with them to develop one. This online curriculum offers an interactive set of five modules (approximately one hour each) designed to help teachers and students easily understand what human trafficking is and how it can be addressed by both anti-trafficking organizations and students. Each module also includes notes for educators to guide activities and facilitate classroom discussion.

Topics covered include:
  1. What is human trafficking: An Overview of the Issue
  2. Human Trafficking and Information: Using Info-graphics to Understand the Problem
  3. Human Trafficking Discussion using a Socratic Seminar: Learning through Dialogue and Debate
  4. Human Trafficking and the Counter Trafficking Response: An Overview of How this Process Works
  5. Human Trafficking: What can you do to Help?

For more information on this curriculum, please visit
Globalize 13 13-18 Globalize 13, a service-learning project for secondary schools from Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, presents lessons about global child labor within the context of the 13th Amendment and its 150th anniversary in 2015. Teachers may sign up for the project and download the free digital curriculum available at


Human Trafficking Training Institute (HTTI)


For Educators and School Faculty

The Human Trafficking Training Institute (HTTI), founded by Not My Life participant Greg Bristol, offers training to student faculty and educators throughout the United States.

Trainings Include:

  1. Human Trafficking Awareness for School Faculty – The Role of the School Resource Officer
  2. Assisting ESL Instructors to Identify and Rescue Human Trafficking Victims

For more information, contact Greg Bristol at or visit


Additional Resources

Educator Assessment Tool

This tool from Polaris Project is designed to help educators identify the risk factors and indicators of human trafficking in their students and to offer guidelines on how to respond and access resources. 

Human Trafficking Fact Sheet for Schools

Download a fact sheet on child trafficking developed by the U.S. Department of Education.

Common Assessment- Runaway and Homeless Youth

This document from Polaris Project contains questions that can be used to assess a client for potential signs that she /he has been a victim of human trafficking.

Teacher's Guide: Modern-Day Slavery & Human Rights

The five-page Teachers Guide from Free the Slaves includes sections on the definition of slavery, the types of slavery still in existence, the causes of slavery and key facts. 

Human Trafficking Activities Guide

The five-page Activities Guide from Free the Slaves includes a slavery quiz, question-and-answer exercises and a fill-in-the-square exercise.

Human Trafficking Case Studies and Discussion Questions

The six-page Case Studies guide from Free the Slaves provides real-world examples of adults and children in various forms of slavery, with suggested discussion questions for each example.

Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States

This presentation shares findings on how schools, law enforcement, victim services, businesses, the legal system, and health care providers can collaborate to prevent, identify, and respond to commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors.

Human Trafficking in America's Schools

This guide, released by the U.S. Department of Education, outlines the different types of human trafficking, dispels myths, provides a list of warning signs and indicators, and includes a sample school district policy for responding to suspected trafficking.

End Trafficking Toolkit

Use the End Trafficking Toolkit from US Fund for UNICEF to learn more about what human trafficking is, what is being done to combat it, and how you can get involved as an individual, group, or UNICEF club.

Parents and Guardians

Please feel free to watch Not My Life and use the educator materials and documents listed above to learn more about human trafficking and modern slavery. We encourage you to share these resources with your child's teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators.