human trafficking


Hundreds of Trafficked Girls, Thousands of Child Welfare Referrals

In Los Angeles, 85 percent of the youth picked up by law enforcement in sex trafficking raids have a history with child protective services, according to a new report that provides details on how the county serves exploited youth in the wake of new California laws.

Ricardo Rodriguez


Time Spent on Me Wasn’t Wasted

Ricardo Rodriguez is a 26-year-old San Diego resident and former foster youth who balances a job in tech with volunteer work and entrepreneurial pursuits. Thanks to his relentless drive and support from key sources, his life has turned out far different from previous expectations.


Brothers Reunited: Five Hopeful, Fraught Days Inside America’s Immigration Crisis

Yordi, 20, is wan after a harrowing escape from horrors in his home country, Honduras. It is mid-July. He sits in a corporate ICE detention facility in rural Folkston, Georgia, staring into a computer screen that connects him to his 29-year-old brother Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman, thousands of miles away in Seattle.


Brothers, Separated by Violence and Trump Immigration Policy, May Be Reunited Soon

In the age of “zero tolerance,” even the family members of America’s most dedicated citizens aren’t protected. Take the case of a 28-year-old American citizen from Honduras named Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman and his little brother Yordi.


How to Scare a Predator: Neutering the Sex Industry One Buyer at a Time

Much of the advocacy and public health response to commercial sex and exploitation is focused on the victims, the majority of whom are female. But there is another way to address the issue, and that is to reduce demand by intervening with the pursuers of paid sex, a group almost entirely made up of men.


Judge John Romero, Jr. Joins National Committee on Sex Trafficking of Children

New Mexico’s Judge John J. Romero, Jr. has accepted an appointment on the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States. In this role, outlined in the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014, Romero will advise the Attorney General, the Secretary of the U.S.


    The Real Lesson from the Fall of R.I.S.E.: Group Homes Don’t Work

    The great filmmaker Costa Gavras, known for making “political films” such as “Z” and “The Confession,” once said: “The issues in politics are not complex, even though politicians tell us so in order to convince us of the politicians’ importance … and to keep us from criticizing them.”


    Complexities of Sheltering Sexually Exploited Youth Result in Closure of San Mateo Group Home

    In foster care most of her life, 17-year-old Amber* finally found a little stability at R.I.S.E. House. After cycling through 35 foster and group homes, she developed relationships at R.I.S.E. and was poised to graduate from high school.


    A ‘Soft’ Landing for Human Trafficking Victims

    Last week, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors voted in favor of refurbishing the “soft room,” a space that the Sheriff’s Department uses to interview and offer services to victims of human trafficking.