The commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) occurs when a young person under 18 exchanges sex for anything of value (money, food, clothes…etc.) and it is illegal.
The majority of youth in CA experiencing commercial sexual exploitation have had experience with the foster care system. Youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately impacted by commercial sexual exploitation. Other known vulnerabilities include homelessness, compromised immigration status, and a history of sexual abuse.
About Our Panelists:
Carly Devlin, Program Director, Huckleberry HART – Carly Devlin has led the Huckleberry Advocacy and Response Team (HART), Huckleberry’s program for youth experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, since its beginning in 2016. In addition to managing direct practice efforts, Carly has provided trainings to a variety of organizations and participated in city and statewide discussions around the issue of creating policies and programs to best support vulnerable youth.
Camille Bailey, FAM Program Director, Freedom Forward – Camille Bailey, LCSW, is a multi-faceted advocate with over a decade of experience working with system-involved young people and families. She is Director of the FAM program (Family & Me), a pilot program designed to provide family-based care to youth who have experienced exploitation, including additional training and support for caregivers.
Jennifer Daly, Senior Attorney, Legal Services for Children – Jennifer Daly is leading LSC’s Legal Advocacy for Commercial Sexual Exploitation Foster Youth Project. As part of the project, she is a member of San Francisco CSEC Steering Committee and Prevention Workgroup. Her work is centered on both direct representation of children and advocating for broader policy change on behalf of foster youth.
This is a FREE event however, donations of any amount are welcome.
A gift of $100 to Huckleberry Youth Programs provides one hour of individual counseling services for a young person who has experienced abuse and neglect, homelessness, community violence, or other types of trauma. To make a 100% tax-deductible donation, please visit www.huckleberryyouth.org.