The Los Angeles County of Commercial Sexual Exploited Children (CSEC) unit 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 our 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 have 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 L.A. 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 have been victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation, a severe form of child abuse.
ZOE Los Angeles, a division of ZOE International, is an international 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, 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:
In addition, we provide the following gifts either at activities or for holidays and special occasions, so that these girls can experience the small comforts enjoyed by others their age:
A large variety of items are given at many activities, like make-up and skin care products; hair supplies; costume jewelry; journals, books and magazine; back packs and school supplies; summer items like sunglasses, beach bags and beach towels; art supplies and crafts; sewing lessons with items to make things they can keep; cooking classes offering cookbooks and aprons; bedding, comforters and pillows; and much, much more.
Learning Works is a charter school for traditionally underserved, high-risk students in grades 6-12 who have withdrawn or are in danger of withdrawing from mainstream education. Learning Works excels at helping those students who were never going to get their high school diploma attain it, and serves over 350 students in Pasadena and in Boyle Heights. Seventy-one percent of their students are Hispanic, 22% African American, 4% White and 3% Other. There students are 19% English Learners, 13% Special Education, and 99% eligible for National School Lunch Program. 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, homeless or entering the juvenile delinquency or foster care system. Learning Works also partners with Homeboy Industries in Boyle Heights.
Learning Works is truly the only hope these students have for an education like the education other students in public comprehensive or private schools receive.
GIVE-MENTOR-LOVE Foundation works in partnership with Learning Works in meeting the following needs of these students who have been discarded.
Together we assure these youths opportunities that help them become happy, successful and independent adults.
GIVE – MENTOR – LOVE is a Foundation of dedicated professionals serving LA County youths and young adults in-crisis, at risk, homeless or in foster care, and victims of Human Trafficking.
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