Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

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Get to Know a Grantee: Center for Youth Services
On the occasion of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, NCHYF spoke with Valerie Douglas, Director of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs at the Center for Youth Services (CYS) in Rochester, New York. A FYSB Runaway and Homeless Youth program grantee for more than 20 years, CYS operates the Safe Harbour program, which provides services and advocacy for youth survivors of human trafficking and youth at risk of being trafficked.

New Publication Reveals Judges' Evolving Attitudes on Child Sex Trafficking
A new publication from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) documents an evolution taking place in the juvenile justice system — from considering trafficking victims to be criminals to understanding that they are victims in need of trauma-informed care and services.

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Youth Homelessness and Trafficking: A Conversation with NRS’s Susan Frankel
Runaway and homeless youth remain vulnerable to labor and sex trafficking for a variety of reasons. On the occasion of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, NCHYF spoke with National Runaway Safeline CEO Susan Frankel about factors contributing to this dangerous overlap—and what can be done about it.

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Partner Highlight: OTIP Takes Comprehensive Approach to Combat Human Trafficking
The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families (NCHYF) spoke to Office of Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) Director Katherine Chon about the overlap between homelessness and human trafficking, OTIP resources available, and how professionals serving these communities can work together to help all young people.

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Get to Know a Grantee: Project Oz
This month, we feature Project Oz in Bloomington, IL. In addition to their BCP, MGH, TLP, and SOP grants from FYSB, Project Oz has a special TLP grant to help them implement housing for survivors of human trafficking. In commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Lisa Thompson, Project Oz Executive Director, discusses the overlap between runaway and homeless youth and trafficking-survivor services.

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Voices From the Field: Malika Saada Saar
The founder and executive director of The Rebecca Project, in Washington, DC, talks about changing the common misconceptions about sexually trafficked youth, and how youth workers can lead the way.