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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. Today we’re releasing the first two of five podcasts from a recording of the evening. Please click through to listen to this important conversation with five national experts in the anti-trafficking movement.
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Directs California state and local governments to refrain from initiating, participating in, or assisting with any program to create a religious list, registry, or database, or using information about people’s national origin or ethnicity to achieve the same basic purpose.
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“Other counties are following suit. It’s a message and practice that all California jurisdictions should be working toward implementing…”, Frank Mecca article on why Governor Brown should sign SB1322.
San Diego Tribune supports Senator Mitchell’s bill SB 1322 which would stop authorities from treating victims of child sex trafficking like criminals. Check out the full article on their website by clicking here.
On August 4th, Adela Rodarte, assistant director of WestCoast’s Transition Age Youth Services Program was a guest on KQED’s Forum: OPD Sex Scandal Puts Spotlight on Bay Area Sex Trafficking. In the wake of extensive media coverage about police abuse of an 18-year-old, Forum host Dave Iverson turned our attention to “the children who were exploited the day before that story broke, the day after, and who continue to be exploited today.”
Drawing from eleven years of experience working with exploited youth, Adela spoke to the risk factors that make children vulnerable to trafficking and why we must respond to exploited youth as victims of abuse rather than punishing them.
To listen to the full episode, click here.
Other guest panelists included:
- Nancy O’Malley, district attorney, Alameda County
- Kate Walker Brown, attorney, National Center for Youth Law
- La Toya Gix, human trafficking survivor; advocate, Alameda County’s District Attorney office
- Police Abuse of Trafficking Victims Weakens Fragile Help System (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Bill would end criminalizing children for prostitution (San Francisco Chronicle)
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.