California lawmakers are considering important legislation that will stop authorities from treating victims of child sex trafficking like criminals. We need your help to make this happen. Please call your legislators and tell them to support SB 1322 so that CA definitively affirms that there is #NoSuchThing as a “child prostitute.”
We join National Center for Youth Law and Rights4Girls in supporting SB1322, which passed through the CA Senate last week. It will be heard next in the Assembly Public Safety committee.
Read The Mercury News article, “Brown, Kaleem: Child sex trafficking victims are assaulted again by justice system”.
Our partners in Yolo County are using WestCoast’s Commercial Sexual Exploitation Identification Tool as part of county-wide efforts to identify and help exploited children. Learn more about these efforts by clicking here.
“The state is shifting away from the old system where some families would foster dozens of children over several decades. The goal is to get all families to consider adoption and guardianship…”
California Health Report reviews the recent approval of Assembly Bill 403, known as Continuum of Care Reform.
“Foster youth…who remain in care as young adults, tend to enroll in school, avoid homelessness and have more positive life outcomes generally than youth who age out at 18, according to the most comprehensive study of transition age foster youth to date…” continue reading The Chronicle of Social Change research news here.
“We’re looking at this as a huge opportunity in terms of helping to ensure that the children who are in the state of California have access to comprehensive health care services…”, the SF Gate reports.
A powerful article by a former Alameda County Youth Advocate.
“My induction into YAP became the pivotal moment that catapulted my ability to advocate for my own needs and it allowed me to see myself as a social change agent for current foster youth in my community who were struggling with similar issues. The YAP experience inspired me to want more access to macro-level change and micro-level interventions for children and families impacted by the system…”
We thank Senator Dianne Feinstein for her leadership combatting child sex trafficking in the United States. Read Senator Feinstein letter here.