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DEVELOPMENT OF SYSTEMIC APPROACH TO CSEC IN FULTON COUNTY, GA

Award Information

Award #
2003-JN-FX-K101
Location
Awardee County
Fulton County
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2003
Total funding (to date)
$1,035,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $35,000)

Project Summary for 2003-JN-FX-K101

The grant recipient proposes to facilitate the development of a systemic approach to the needs of commericially sexually exploited children in Fulton County, Georgia by:

addressing the need for coordination of services
improving how information is handled by collaborating agencies, and increasing the public's awareness of sexually exploited children and impact the demand for prostitution.

The proposed program has the following objectives:

Objective 1: Establishing an effective collaboration of agencies and organizations in the public and private sector

Objective 2: Developing a comprehensive plan of action that addresses coordination of services.

Objective 3: Facilitating educational training sessions for judges, law enforcement, teachers, youth focused groups, parent groups, social workers, and youth workers, etc. to increase understanding of the problem.

Objective 4: Convening town hall meetings to increase the public's awareness of the targeted issue, youth focused organizations; child advocates and other identified community leaders.

nca/ncf

This demonstration project is designed to build on earlier successes in addressing the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the Atlanta metro area.

The recent, alarming rise in the number of children coming to the attention of the court system who have been sexually exploited for commercial purposes prompted the Juvenile Justice Fund and the Fulton County Juvenile Court to convene the Coalition to End Adolescent Sexual Exploitation. Through these initial efforts, the Coalition raised public awareness regarding issues related to juvenile justice and child welfare including the issue of child commercial sexual exploitation. Strong, effective, community-wide collaborations with health care professionals, services providers, community volunteers, concerned citizens in the faith-based community, various branches of government, and in law enforcement, were developed, as well as, with those in the legal, funding and education communities.

The Coalition's work resulted in several achievements, including:

- Passage of legislation which made pimping and pandering a minor a felony in the state of Georgia (until March 2001, this was a misdemeanor)
- Fundraising of over $1 million, which lead to the opening of Angela's House, the first safe house for sexually exploited girls in the southeast.
- Creation of the Center to End Adolescent Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) which provides advocacy, education and training.
- Cooperation with the U.S. Attorney's office which lead to the conviction of 14 pimps operating in the community.
- Development of a set of recommendations for further action during the initial planning phase of this demonstration project.

The implementation phase funding will now allow the Juvenile Justice Fund to move forward to establish "perimeter of protection," both to prevent sexual exploitation of children as well as to identify and intervene earlier on behalf of those children who are already being victimized.

NCA/NCF

This demonstration project is designed to build on earlier successes in addressing the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the Atlanta metro area. The recent, alarming rise in the number of children coming to the attention of the court system who have been sexually exploited for commercial purposes prompted the Juvenile Justice Fund and the Fulton County Juvenile Court to convene the Coalition to End Adolescent Sexual Exploitation. Through these initial efforts, the Coalition raised public awareness regarding issues related to juvenile justice and child welfare including the issue of child commercial sexual exploitation.

These funds allow the Juvenile Justice Fund to continue its work to eradicate the CSEC (ages 9-17) in the Atlanta metro area.

Efforts in Year Two will include expansion of training programs for professionals and education of children; and the creation of a public awareness campaign to gain the support of the public for these victims and the programs that prevent and address the consequences of CSEC. Success will be measured by increased numbers of trained adults, institutionalization of the training in child-serving agencies, and greater public support (volunteerism and financial donations) for these efforts.

NCA/NCF

This demonstration project is designed to build on earlier successes in addressing the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the Atlanta metro area. The recent, alarming rise in the number of children coming to the attention of the court system who have been sexually exploited for commercial purposes prompted the Juvenile Justice Fund and the Fulton County Juvenile Court to convene the Coalition to End Adolescent Sexual Exploitation. Through these initial efforts, the Coalition raised public awareness regarding issues related to juvenile justice and child welfare including the issue of child commercial sexual exploitation. These funds allow the Juvenile Justice Fund to continue its work to eradicate the CSEC in the Atlanta metro area.

Efforts in Year three will continue the expansion of training programs for professionals and education of children; and the creation of a public awareness campaign to gain the support of the public for these victims and the programs that prevent and address the consequences of CSEC. Success will be measured by increased numbers of trained adults, institutionalization of the training in child-serving agencies, and greater public support (volunteerism and financial donations) for these efforts. NCA/NCF

Date Created: April 1, 2003