WMU: State Reimagines How to Support Youth Survivors of Sex Trafficking; Upcoming Health Equity Conference

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WMU: State Reimagines How to Support Youth Survivors of Sex Trafficking; Upcoming Health Equity Conference

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New Resource:

California Rethinks How to Best Work with Sex-Trafficked Youth

Chronicle of Social Change – 3.12.18

Together with providers across the state, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is looking at how to design more supportive, trauma-informed placements for commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). For the past several years, the state has worked to improve identification of and services for sex-trafficked youth. Many experts point to a lack of sufficient placements as one of the biggest barriers to serving survivors. Others call attention to a lack of mobile, accessible services, as well as services individualized to fit a young person’s particular needs.

“When we actually sit down and talk to a young person, we may find that the basic needs [for the young person] are very different than what an adult says,” said Carly Devlin, an intervention services coordinator for Huckleberry Youth Programs, which works with sex-trafficked young people. “To create a system of care around this is going to take a lot of different strategies.”

Upcoming Events:

California Reducing Disparities Project: Advancing Mental Health Equity Statewide Conference
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network – 4.10.18

This conference will focus on policies, practices, and strategies to improve mental health and wellness across California’s communities of color, limited English proficient communities, and the LGBTQ community. Mental health advocates, providers, consumers, and other community partners are encouraged to attend.

Hosted by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, the event will take place on April 10, 2018 at the California Endowment in Los Angeles. Click here to register.

Webinar: Supporting College Success for Youth and Young Adults with Lived Experiences in Foster Care

Pathways RTC – 4.3.18, 10am – 11am PT / 1pm – 2pm ET

This webinar will highlight programs to help young adults, particularly those with mental health stressors and foster care experience, achieve educational success. The online presentation is open to incoming and current college students seeking resources in their educational communities, as well as providers, researchers, and youth advocates.

Register here.


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