Special L.A. Court Hopes to Better Serve Young Victims of Sex Trafficking
Los Angeles County leaders are expected to release funds tomorrow to support a dedicated courtroom for child welfare system-involved young people who have been victims of sex trafficking. The county’s Board of Supervisors will vote on Tuesday to execute an agreement with Children’s Law Center of California for $250,000 to cover the costs of running the courtroom, named the Dedication to Restoration through Empowerment, Advocacy, and Mentoring (DREAM) court, at Edelman’s Children’s Court in Monterey Park for one year.
Taking Action to Protect Sexually Exploited Children
For as long as anyone can remember, children who are bought and sold for sex have either been ignored or, when they do catch our attention, arrested and incarcerated–and then released right back into the streets.
Screening Tool Helps Identify Sexually Exploited Minors
By the time youth are referred to WestCoast Children’s Clinic for mental health services to help them heal from commercial sexual exploitation, it has likely been going on for years. Despite their having interacted with child welfare, juvenile justice, school, or health care systems, for many of these youth, the fact that they are being trafficked, or sold for sex, has gone unnoticed by professionals in a position to help them.