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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.
Child Sex Trafficking: Who is for sale and what cost?
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.
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Dear WestCoast Community,
We are proud to announce that yesterday, Governor Brown signed SB 1322 (Mitchell), which precludes commercially sexually exploited children from being arrested and charged with prostitution. By doing so, California affirms that there is no such thing as a child prostitute.
This would not have been possible without your calls, letters, tweets, and amazing advocacy. Your support made a huge difference, and we can’t thank you enough!
We would also like to thank Senator Holly J. Mitchell, survivor advocates, and our coalition partners for undertaking this important work with us. WestCoast worked closely with National Center for Youth Law, California Welfare Directors’ Association, the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, Children Now, and Children’s Law Center of California to meet with legislative staff and testify at hearings. Many other organizations submitted letters of support, made calls, and participated in the social media campaign.
Policy & Communications Director
Dear WestCoast Community:
Time is running out for the Governor to sign bills passed by the Legislature. Please act now and urge Governor Brown to sign SB 1322 (Mitchell) into law! SB 1322 precludes victims of commercial sexual exploitation, a form of child abuse, from being arrested and charged with prostitution.
We’ve received the message loud and clear: your tweets have a huge impact! Please continue to tweet at the Governor and ask your followers to retweet. Here are some sample messages:
- .@JerryBrownGov sign #SB1322 & send the message that child trafficking victims aren’t criminals #NoSuchThing @NCYL_CSEC @westcoastccorg
- .@JerryBrownGov sign #SB1322! CA allocated +$19 mil to child welfare for #CSEC infrastructure & svcs #NoSuchThing @NCYL_CSEC @westcoastccorg
- Children who are victims of sex #trafficking need #SB1322 to start healing. Stop criminalization #NoSuchThing @HollyJMitchell @JerryBrownGov
SEND A LETTER:
Adapt this template letter and email to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. Don’t forget to cc: email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued advocacy.
WestCoast Children’s Clinic
National Center for Youth Law
Learn more about our partner Rights4Girls‘ #NoSuchThing campaign through this video.
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
Tune in to Forum this morning at 9am. Guests include WCC’s Adela Rodarte, TAYS Assistant Program Director, along with Kate Walker Brown from National Center for Youth Law and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.
Listen to KQED forum here.
This coming Monday, August 8th, California lawmakers will vote on legislation that stops authorities from treating victims of child sex trafficking like criminals. We need your help to get this off the Assembly Floor and to the Governor’s desk.
SB 1322 (Mitchell) precludes victims of childhood commercial sexual exploitation from being arrested and charged with prostitution and related loitering. This bill is consistent with federal law and reflects a recognition of the harmful effects of arresting victims of child sex trafficking, including further trauma, disconnection from community and school, and burdensome criminal records. (Click here to learn more.)
Dear WestCoast Community:
The CA Assembly Public Safety Committee passed Senator Holly Mitchell’s bill, SB 1322, with a vote of 6 -1 yesterday. SB 1322 gives children immunity from prostitution charges. Thank you for taking the time to make calls to members of the Public Safety Committee to let them know there is no such thing as a child prostitute. As Senator Mitchell asserts:
“California currently allows for criminalization of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) victims by charging them with crimes committed while being victimized. Under current law a victim can be detained in juvenile hall and prosecuted for prostitution. This is not an effective or ethical response to this growing epidemic.”
Thanks to the Assembly Public Safety Committee, we are one step closer to ensuring that sexually exploited youth receive the same protective response that we provide for all other victims of child abuse.
The bill will be heard next on the Assembly Floor. If approved, SB 1322 will go to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. We will let you know how you can support the bill as it moves forward.
Thank you again to Senator Mitchell and the Assembly Public Safety Committee for your commitment to supporting sexually exploited youth.
Policy and Communications Director