Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Training

People don’t pay attention to slideshows or videos. Kids don’t listen to adult trainers. Adults prefer to avoid the topic entirely. And most people don’t believe this could happen to anyone they know.

These challenges make teaching human trafficking awareness and prevention difficult.  We’re here to change the game.

Radical Empathy has trained over 7000 public school students, parents, professionals, and medical university students through their award-winning virtual reality experience, TRAPPED: A VR Detective Story.

In the experience, you direct and control an interactive story and discover clues of how a young girl became a victim through manipulation and coercion.

The immersive, computer-generated Virtual Reality simulation (not a linear movie) puts you in the shoes of a victim who explains why she cannot ask for help.

Uprising’s Terri Markham uses TRAPPED: A VR Detective Story to train everyone from children to legislators using an interactive virtual reality experience. 

Lisa’s story changes your perspective of human trafficking in 15 minutes.

Parents and children come back to our events year after year and tell us how their lives had been improved because the VR experience gave them a better understanding of human vulnerabilities. It is so fulfilling to see positive change. This phenomenal tool was built for middle schools, high schools, universities, advocacy groups, fundraisers, and anyone that wants to make a difference.

From our trainings across America, the stories are endless. Parents recommit to their families and quit their 2nd or 3rd jobs to spend more time as a family. Kids reconnect with their estranged parents. Teachers help their students locate local services to help them with their at home situations. It’s a powerful tool.

The “playthrough” here shows you the whole story. Each individual learner has agency to take their own path through the story, letting them choose the topics that match their own interests. The average user spends 15 minutes.

Learn how and why it works in the PBS feature “Virtually Caring”

Interactive learning is six times better than passively watching videos or reading. A study from Carnegie Mellon University shows that students using interactive learning out-perform students only learning through instructional videos by a factor of six to one.” – Billy Joe Cain

This program works for youth, parents, and adults because it virtually puts you in Lisa’s shoes. Lisa is a 14 year old girl who tells you how she met a boy online who recognized her vulnerabilities and gave her the attention and love she was not receiving from her family and friends. 

It’s a situation that’s all too real, and anyone can fall for it because these traffickers (and abusers) take advantage of what makes us human.

Learn why Houston Police Lieutenant Angela M. Merritt believes it is needed

Houston Police Human Trafficking Unit Lieutenant Angela M. Merritt provides training to the Houston police and shares her assessment of the power of the virtual reality training tool.

Lisa’s story uses the immersion from cutting-edge, interactive virtual reality (VR) to help everyone understand how these “invisible chains” of psychological manipulation can bind anyone, anywhere.

  • Raises empathy for and connection to victims of this crime
  • Interactive learning dramatically improves knowledge retention
  • Peer to peer involvement increases interest in the material
  • Expert-informed learning objectives are woven into the story and situations
  • Provides an accurate understanding of the issues without sensationalized material
  • Delivers personalized, consistent, training anytime, anywhere

You might be thinking, “Well that sounds good, but how much does it cost?”

We’re on a mission and we’ll work with you on a price that works with your budget. Email Billy Joe at billy@reefcares.orgschedule a meeting, or call 512.521.8874 directly.

Which makes sense for your group?

Virtual Reality software license 

Our software on your hardware at your campus, and includes the online course: Human Trafficking Essentials

“IMPACT” Training (we come to you)

Full-service, turn-key, in-person events including headsets, breakout sessions, and more, brought to you anywhere in the United States.

University of North Texas Health Science Center

Humans are storytellers. We use storytelling to embed learning objectives in an interactive virtual reality experience to interest students in self-driven, interactive learning.

History and knowledge have been handed down for millennia through fables, songs, and stories. A list of “facts” just doesn’t make an impression like an engrossing story. Lisa’s interactive VR story and her dialogue are filled with signs and information about trafficking, giving context to everything you need to remember.

Licensees receive online course logins and VR software to use in their live classes. Once students experience Lisa’s interactive VR story, their interest in the educational materials is dramatically increased.

Current licenseesUniversity of North Texas Health Science Center (since 2019), middle and high schools in Texas and California, and others.

Do you need your event attendees to better understand the topic of human trafficking? Let us solve that for you.

Our VR experience is the heart of our training / awareness solution, opening hearts to the problem of human trafficking. 

Event attendees participate in an unforgettable 3 Stage IMPACT experience. Stage One: A brief Introduction to Human Trafficking. Stage Two: TRAPPED: A VR Detective Story. Stage Three: On site service providers. 

We can also provide live speakers, perform breakout sessions, and craft a unique event with your direction.

Past event clients: Tony Robbins’ 60th Birthday Party (raised $18 million to fight trafficking), fundraisers for anti-trafficking groups, Texas Association of Student Councils Annual Conference, middle and high schools, universities, anti-trafficking education conferences, and training events with Operation Underground RailroadHope Rising, and Freedom Church Alliance.

Where are we?

We have licensees in California (VIDA Vista Interactive Design Academy), Texas (McCallum High School in Austin), Illinois (Governors State University), Wyoming (Uprising), Montana (The LifeGuard Group), and Idaho (INsideOUT)… so far.

Contact us to get started.

Pay it Forward! Every $5 Gives an Online Human Trafficking Essentials Course from PBJ Learning to a Deserving Student.

Radical Empathy Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to ending human trafficking in one generation.