As a public school educator for over 40 years, I have always been concerned about the needs of our most vulnerable students. Each and every day in our public schools, too many students start their school day after having endured one crisis after another at home or, perhaps, having missed another meal because of limited access to good and healthy food. In my early years as a high school teacher, if I knew then what I’ve now learned, I would have likely recognized that some of my students – those considered vulnerable and those not – were being trafficked. In addition, if I had access to a program like the San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective, I could have played an instrumental role in a child’s life by teaching her or him how to protect themselves. Increasing understanding and awareness on the part of the adults on a school campus about human trafficking and child exploitation can prevent a child from experiencing these horrors. Prevention changes everything.