Advocacy for Sexually Exploited Children
- Field of Interest:
Founded in 1992, the Alliance for Children’s Rights (Alliance) protects the rights of impoverished, abused and neglected children and youth by providing free legal and social services and promoting systemic solutions. Using pro bono consultants, it has helped finalize 14,000 total foster care adoptions, provided legal services to support foster youth and families, and provided transition-age foster youth services to help them become self-sufficient adults. The Alliance participates on the California Child Welfare Council’s Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Action Team to develop recommendations to better support commercially sexually exploited youth and those at risk. It also worked with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office to provide civil legal services as part of a diversion program to offer sexually trafficked youth supportive services in lieu of criminal charges. Since 2013, the Alliance has provided advocacy for 237 sexually exploited youth.
The Advocacy for Sexually Exploited Children program provides outreach to foster youth at risk of exploitation and helps commercially sexually exploited children build new lives with pathways to independence, educational attainment, and quality employment opportunities.