The California Child Welfare Council is inviting survivors of sexual exploitation to join the ranks of its Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Action Team, specifically as members of its advisory board.
The 10-person advisory board will provide input to the larger action team as well as other stakeholders regarding policy serving exploited and at-risk youth. Topics will include identification of and services for sexually trafficked youth, prevention and intervention strategies, training curriculum for professionals working with this population and more.
“Survivor voice is critical to the development of sound policy,” said Leslie Starr Heimov, co-chair of the action team and executive director of Children’s Law Center of California.
“The Action Team is grateful for the opportunity to institutionalize survivor leadership in the form of an Advisory Board. This groundbreaking board will shape and drive state policy impacting CSEC and at-risk children. The Action Team is seeking candidates who represent a diversity of identities, perspectives, and experiences from across California. We are excited to work together, in a deliberate and thoughtful way, to inform practice and improve outcomes for children,” Heimov said.
The CSEC Action Team is co-chaired by Secretary Diana Dooley of California’s Department of Health and Human Services, and staff support is provided by the National Center for Youth Law and Children’s Law Center.
The deadline to apply to join the advisory board is April 8, 2016. Access the application here.