Advocacy for Sexually Exploited Children

The Alliance supports and empowers foster youth who are victims and survivors of child sex trafficking.

What is sexual exploitation?

Studies estimate that 50-98% of youth victimized by the commercial sex trade are or have previously been involved with the child welfare system. The Alliance works closely with the Los Angeles County child welfare and juvenile justice systems to support and empower system-involved youth who are victims of child sex trafficking. We do this by ensuring youth have access to the educational, medical and transitional support needed to build independent and healthy lives free from trafficking and exploitation.

Learn More

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking and you need help, call or text the Human Trafficking Hotline – 24/7 confidential help and info: 1.888.373.7888 or text “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733.

STAR Court
The Succeeding Through Achievement and Resilience (“STAR”) Court is a collaborative, victim-centered court in the Los Angeles Superior Court Juvenile Division that supports youth on probation who are victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. The Alliance partners with the STAR Court to provide civil legal advocacy, primarily focused on re-connecting youth to education. In 2015, over 60% of youth in the STAR Court who were high school seniors graduated, a number that is higher than the graduation rate for the general foster care population.

Los Angeles District Attorney’s FIRST Step Diversion Program
With the recognition that children who are sold for sex are victims, not criminals, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office created the First Step Diversion Program to provides youth with supportive services in lieu of criminal charges. The Alliance works closely with the District Attorney’s office to provide civil legal advocacy for youth who are in the First Step program.

Policy Reform
Since 2013 the Alliance has participated on the California Child Welfare Council’s Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Action Team. The CSEC Action Team was charged with developing recommendations for counties across the state to better support and serve commercially sexually exploited youth and those at risk. In 2015, the California Department of Social Services distributed the CSEC Action Team’s work to counties across California, including a Model Interagency Protocol Framework and a CSEC Practice Guidance Toolkit.

The Model Interagency Protocol Framework includes:

CSEC Practice Guidance Toolkit includes:

Additional Information
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking and you need help, call or text the Human Trafficking Hotline – 24/7 confidential help and info: 1.888.373.7888 or text “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733.

Los Angeles Programs Serving Victims of Trafficking:

Recent News: 

Alliance staff attorney Allison Newcombe honored with CSEC Champion Award by LA Probation Department

NPR Interview: Should Victims of Sex Trafficking Be Locked Up to Keep Them Safe?

LA Times: L.A. County supervisors debate whether to lock up at-risk foster youth

LA Times: L.A. County plans court to help child prostitutes

San Francisco Chronicle: Juvenile Justice System treats victims as criminals

Los Angeles Magazine: Gone Girls: Human Trafficking on the Home Front

Los Angeles Daily News: Prostitution in Los Angeles: Court gives girls in sex trade a second chance

ColorLines: L.A. Girls and Women of Color Demand to Be Heard Amidst My Brother’s Keeper

La Opinion: Inocencia robada: A los 12 años ya vendía su cuerpo