Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $500,000)
The Mentoring for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation Initiative supports efforts of community service organizations to develop or enhance their mentoring capacity, facilitate outreach efforts, and increase the availability of direct services for child victims (younger than age 18) of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) or domestic sex trafficking (DST), including children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
Using OJJDP funds, Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY), will lead a multi agency collaborative, to include the Alameda County Probation Department (ACPD), Interagency Children's Policy Council (ICPC), The Mentoring Center (TMC), Project Re-Connect (PRC), and Girls Incorporated of Alameda County (GIAC), to address the unmet needs of child victims of commercial exploitation. The Project will enhance and expand support services, outreach, and prevention education to victims of or those at risk of commercial sexual exploitation in the Alameda County area. The purpose of the Alameda County CSEC Mentoring and Outreach Project is to achieve these overarching goals: (1) Increase the number of girls and boys (ages 12-18) identified who are at risk or victims of commercial sexual exploitation; (2) Reduce the number of youth re-victimized/returning to their CSEC environments; (3) Increase the number of youth engaged in healthy relationships with adults; and, (4) Increase the number of CSEC or at-risk youth accessing direct and support services. The program is particularly innovative in that they specifically identify the dearth of services available to youth who were arrested for prostitution and will work with law enforcement agencies to identify this group in addition to other targeted outreach activities. The program also identifies specific plans to work with the LGBT and Asian communities to identify and serve CSEC victims.