CSEC Action Project Approved by Council
The California Child Welfare Council voted unanimously to approve the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Action Project yesterday.The Action Team is tasked with helping to implement recommendations in four priority areas:
1. Prevalence and Identification
2. Specialized Services
3. Prevention and Training
4. Multi-System and Data Coordination
YMAP President Patrick Gardner and other members of the CSEC Workgroup developed the Action Project which builds on research from the Council’s report, “Ending the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Call for Multi-System Collaboration in California”.
Co-Chair for Action Team Announced
Diana Dooley, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, also announced that Council member Leslie Heimov, Executive Director of Children’s Law Center of California, will be her co-chair on the Action Team.
Heimov, who runs the nation’s largest child advocacy law firm, recently testified at Senator Leland Yee’s CSEC Informational Hearing, and presented at this years California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth (CMHACY) Conference on sexual exploitation of foster youth. Heimov’s law firm, with offices in Sacramento and Los Angeles, provides legal representation to foster youth, many of whom are CSEC victims.
Now that the project is approved, leadership of the Action Team will seek out Committee members, to include state and local government agency leaders, direct service providers, advocates, court representations, CSEC survivors, youth, and other stakeholders. The team will also set a date for its first meeting and begin strategizing about funding for the project.
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