GEMS combats sex trafficking

Rachel Lloyd, founder of GEMS

Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the nation’s largest organization empowering girls and young women, ages 12-21, who have experienced sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS helps these young women exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth. GEMS’ vision is to end the commercial exploitation and trafficking of children. We believe that all young women have great beauty and worth, and the potential for future success. The voices and experiences of youth survivors are integral to the development and implementation of all GEMS’ programming.

History
I came to the U.S in 1997, a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation as a teen and began missionary work with adult women exiting prostitution. While working with adult women in correctional facilities and on the streets, I observed the overwhelming need for services for young women at risk for sexual exploitation who were being ignored by traditional social service agencies. It became clear that specialized services were essential for this disenfranchised population.

From a one-woman kitchen table project, GEMS has grown to a nationally recognized and acclaimed organization and now is one of the largest providers of services to commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked youth in the US. GEMS advocates at the local, state and national level to promote policies that support young women who have been commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked.

Services

GEMS supports and empowers young women and girls who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and provides a continuum of services including:

• Street Outreach
• Court Advocacy and Alternatives to Incarceration Program
• Comprehensive Case Management
• Individual Counseling
• Education, Recreational and Therapeutic Groups
• Youth Employment and Leadership Training
• Transitional & Crisis Housing
• Referral Services

At GEMS, we use a holistic trauma-informed treatment model in our programs to address girls and young women’s complex needs throughout their transition and development. We believe that all young women have great beauty, worth and the potential for future success. The voices and experiences of youth survivors are integral to the development and implementation of all GEMS programming.

Rachel Lloyd, GEMS founder and executive director is a nationally recognized expert on the issue of child sex trafficking in America, and played a key role in the successful passage of New York State’s groundbreaking Safe Harbor Act for Sexually Exploited Youth, the first law in the country to end the prosecution of child victims of sex trafficking. Her trailblazing advocacy is the subject of the critically acclaimed Showtime documentary “Very Young Girls”, the upcoming memoir “Acceptable Victims” (Harper Collins), and a feature film currently in development at Participant Productions and Lifetime Networks.

source: http://www.thedailytell.com/2010/01/gems-combats-sex-trafficking/

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  1. Please write in English If I can’t read it I won’t post it.

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    CJaye

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