What is WestCoast doing in Texas?

Dear WestCoast Community:

Thanks to your support, WestCoast increased our impact on efforts to end child trafficking in California and nationally. As noted by a Texas human trafficking leader, “Victims don’t self-identify as victims. The responsibility is on us to get better at recognizing if it’s happening.”  WestCoast’s Commercial Sexual Exploitation – Identification Tool (CSE-IT) helps providers do just that – identify trafficked youth. Eighty child welfare, juvenile justice, and non-profit partners in 4 other states – Texas, New Jersey, Montana and North Carolina now use the CSE-IT.

NBC-Austin reported this segment on Texas’s statewide adoption of the CSE-IT: Texas will start using screening tool to identify youth sex trafficking victims 

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WestCoast study highlights who is most vulnerable to trafficking.

“Making exploitation visible is a first step toward taking action. As a result of universal screening, professionals identified 635 trafficked children. That means 635 opportunities to intervene.”

-Danna Basson, PhD, MPP
Director of Research and Evaluation

Child sex trafficking is hard to see. As a result, most youth are exploited for more than two years before anyone notices. To address this, we developed a screening tool: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation – Identification Tool (CSE-IT, pronounced “see it”).
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In response to Charlottesville

Dear WestCoast Community:

Over the weekend white nationalists rallied in Charlottesville to protest the removal of Confederate symbols. Carrying torches, chanting Nazi slogans and waving Confederate flags, they incited violence that culminated in a car mowing down counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring 19 people. This open convening of proud white supremacists was unmistakably emboldened by the election of Donald Trump. The President condemned hatred “on many sides,” grossly equating white nationalists and their counter-protesters.

There is only one side here—bigotry. It goes against everything we value in our work with children and our community.
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Final Podcast Episode: Race, Gender, and Child Sex Trafficking

Episode 5: “Building a Race and Gender Conscious
Anti-Trafficking Movement”

In our final episode, our panelists share concrete ways to address racism and misogyny in our response to child sex trafficking.

Our panelists, from left to right: Holly Joshi, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, the Honorable Stacy Boulware Eurie, Malika Saada Saar, and Minh Dang.

Bios at www.westcoastcc.org/whoisforsale.

Child Sex Trafficking
Who is for sale and at what cost?

Podcast Series

On November 29th, 2016, WestCoast Children’s Clinic hosted a panel to discuss how racism and misogyny drive child sex trafficking in the United States. As women and their allies across the country voice opposition to policies that explicitly endanger women and girls, the need to address the impact of the child sex trade on girls of color is greater than ever. We created this podcast from a recording of the evening. Please listen to this important conversation with five national experts in the anti-trafficking movement.

Download the podcasts and see more information from the event atwww.westcoastcc.org/whoisforsale. The podcasts can also be found on the iTunes store.

The chid sex trade is not color blind. It’s color driven.

Last Tuesday we hosted a panel, Child Sex Trafficking: Who is for sale and at what cost? at the Oakland Impact Hub. We were privileged to hear from a phenomenal group of women who spoke powerfully about the ways racism and misogyny drive child sex trafficking in the United States. Thank you, Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie, Minh Dang, Holly Joshi, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, and Malika Saada Saar.

Stacey Katz said, “The sexual exploitation of kids happens because we let it happen — conversely then, we can stop it. But meaningful social change—a true culture shift—takes more than what any one of us can do. It takes a critical mass including you, who are a part of our WestCoast community.”

We are grateful to the more than 250 people– survivors, community members, advocates, and providers who joined us last week.

Toward our goal of raising awareness and inspiring action, click here to hear the opening remarks, and have a conversation you wouldn’t otherwise have had. Please consider making a donation to support our continued work and direct services.

Much gratitude from all of us at WestCoast Children’s Clinic.

Visit www.westcoastcc.org/whoisforsale for resources, including articles written by panelists.