LA County Specialized Bureau for Commercial Sexual Exploited Children (CSEC)
LA County CSEC connects victims with support services, specialized advocates, and can help provide temporary housing if needed. The unit works in collaboration with law enforcement and other CSEC survivor organizations to support those who have been identiﬁed as being trafﬁcked or are at risk of being trafﬁcked.
The needs of exploited youth are multiple and complex, and require intensive support and trauma informed care and interventions, as well as consistent, caring adults in their lives with whom they are able to trust and connect with throughout their journey towards healing and recovery and beyond.
The vast majority of these youth have experienced abuse and neglect early on and come from families that have struggled with violence, various forms of trauma, poverty, mental health challenges, and intergenerational abuse and/or neglect.
Serving this population of youths requires a great amount of collaboration and partnerships among county partners, community-based organizations, survivor advocates, law enforcement, faith-based community, foster parents, human trafficking task forces, schools, parents, and the youth themselves.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has been at the forefront of the cause and continues to provide strong leadership and oversight of all CSEC initiatives being implemented in LA County.
GIVE – MENTOR – LOVE Foundation works in partnership with LA County CSEC in meeting the following needs of society’s most vulnerable children and youth – those that are victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation, a severe form of child abuse.
Working together, we envision that more of these youths will be able to heal, recover and thrive.
Our partnership makes it possible for us to:
ZOE Los Angeles, a division of ZOE International, is a worldwide non-proﬁt organization ﬁghting human trafﬁcking through prevention, rescue, and restoration.
ZOE has built a short-term residential therapeutic program (STRTP) in Los Angeles County for female youth who have been rescued from the sex trade, giving them holistic care to meet their needs. GIVE – MENTOR – LOVE Foundation supports the youth they rescue from human trafﬁcking in LA County by meeting the following needs for these victims:
- Providing urgent and essential basic needs
to aid in recovery, emotional and therapeutic care including clothing, beds, cribs, baby items, toiletries, and more.
- Mentoring through one-on-one activities
that teach life and social skills not typically learned in a group home setting, as well as mentoring some girls beyond emancipation.
- Assist with increasing awareness
Off the need for people to become resource parents and mentors for our youth impacted by exploitation.
- Develop transitional housing
In a supportive environment that will empower youth to increase self-sufficiency and workforce readiness.
In addition, the following are some of the items we supply at activities or gifts for holidays and special occasions so that these girls can experience the small comforts enjoyed by others their age:
Learning Works is a charter school for traditionally underserved, high-risk students in grades 6-12 who have withdrawn from or are in danger of withdrawing from mainstream education.
Learning Works excels at helping students who were never going to get their high school diploma attain it. Of the 350+ students in Pasadena and Boyle Heights they serve, 71% are Hispanic, 22% are African American, 4% are White and 3% are other.
Together we assure these youths opportunities that help them become happy, independent, thriving adults.
The youth served by Learning Works are called “at-risk”, but they are in fact “in-crisis” or have already demonstrated a behavior or condition that exceeds at-risk, such as becoming pregnant, dropping out of school, being homeless, or entering the juvenile delinquency or foster care system. Learning Works is truly the only hope these students have for an education like the education received by other students in public, comprehensive or private schools. Learning Works also partners with Homeboy Industries in Boyle Heights.
GIVE – MENTOR – LOVE Foundation works in partnership with Learning Works in meeting the following needs of these students who have been discarded.
- Hands-on mentoring and financial support
for Learning Works graduates so they can continue on to higher education or trade school and secure employment.
- Student needs
such as food, diapers for babies, school supplies, transportation allowances and more.
- We help remedy physical and emotional barriers
so they can move beyond social anxieties to help them thrive.
- Enrichment activities
through fieldtrips as wells as arts and gardening programs.