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January 20, 2016

By Leslie Starr Heimov, Kate Walker Brown and Elizabeth Laferriere

For as long as anyone can remember, children bought and sold for sex in the United States have been ignored or worse — they have been arrested, incarcerated and released right back onto the streets. Some victims of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) are reported to child welfare, but these cases are routinely turned away and referred to law enforcement. Our public systems have failed to identify these children as victims of child abuse in need of child welfare and community supports.

January 14, 2016

When Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Nash announced his plan to leave the court two years ago, after nearly three decades as a judge and 16 as head of the juvenile court, tributes were heard throughout the juvenile justice community, and even on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Nash, Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Los Angeles, told his colleagues, is “an incredible man” and “a champion for children and families,” who deserved congratulations “on his well-earned retirement.”
Many would agree with Cardenas on the superlatives. The retirement part, on the other hand, “I clearly flunked,” Nash says.

December 01, 2015

For as long as anyone can remember, children who are bought and sold for sex have either been ignored or, when they do catch our attention, arrested and incarcerated–and then released right back into the streets.

In the past few years a handful of California counties have seen their probation departments and juvenile courts rethink and retool. Some excellent and innovative programs have sprung up (S.T.A.R. Court in Los Angeles County and Girls Courts in Alameda, Orange, Sacramento, and San Mateo counties to name few). The treatment, as opposed to punishment, offered to child victims of trafficking through these programs has been a welcome reform.

December 01, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Elizabeth Laferriere 510.835.8098 x 3005

Anaheim – Multidisciplinary teams from twenty-one counties are convening in Anaheim today, one year after California’s adoption of SB 855, which established the state’s groundbreaking Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Program. Historically, the majority of CSEC have only accessed critical services through contact with the juvenile justice system. SB 855 and the CSEC Program have begun a shift in California away from criminalization and toward more appropriately treating these children as victims of exploitation through a collaborative approach.

November 16, 2015

Sex trafficking of underage girls — often as young as 12 — is one of the most repulsive crimes imaginable, but it’s part of a multibillion-dollar underground industry in our state. To combat this repugnant crime, we need to take tangible action on the local, state and federal level to punish traffickers and buyers and help the victims.

October 14, 2015

In 2014, there were 496,972 reports (allegations) of child abuse and neglect in California. The rate of abuse and neglect reports, 54.6 per 1,000, is the highest its been since 1999.

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