CSE-Response.org - Unifying the Response to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

This resource, a collection of resources for community-based agencies and investigators to better serve the complex needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and was developed in partnership with community leaders and Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) directors. It is a joint project between National Children’s Alliance and the Midwest Regional CAC, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention (OJJDP).

It is our hope that CAC directors will use the resource, in partnership with their community, to understand and explore the unique needs of child sexual exploitation investigations. The resource features leaders from across the country and from a variety of disciplines and includes a video series on a variety of topics including; the role of an MDT in responding to child sexual exploitation cases (CSEC), victim identification, legal considerations; resources to respond to the needs of exploited children and their caregivers; and features of promising programs to help victimized children in place at Children's Advocacy Centers. The resource also includes articles, fact sheets, and protocol examples related to responding to child sexual exploitation in your community.

Acknowledgements

Our sincere thanks goes to the following individuals:

Laurel D Edinburgh, APRN, CNP, is the Associate Clinical Director at the Midwest Children’s Resource Center. For a decade, Laurel has created and refined assessment protocols to identify sexually abused runaways. She founded and now directs the Runaway Intervention Program. Since RIP’s inception, Laurel has been involved in multiple research projects and have published and presented the programs short-term outcomes. She also served as a co-investigator for SARYVC an international research project examining risk, resiliency, and stigma in sexually abused teens.

Kelly Kinnish, Ph.D.,is the Clinical Director at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, a Child Advocacy Center serving sexually abused and traumatized youth in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been with the Georgia Center since 2007 and has over 20 years working with maltreated and a-risk youth in research, clinical, and administrative capacities. Dr. Kinnish is also the Director of Project Intersect, a SAMHSA-funded initiative of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The focus of Project Intersect is the implementation of trauma-focused evidence-based practices to meet the complex mental health needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children. Project Intersect provides clinical services to CSEC-identified clients at the Georgia Center and also supports the training of a network of providers throughout the state of Georgia to serve commercially sexually exploited children and adolescents utilizing trauma-focused evidence-based practices. She received her PhD in Psychology (Clinical-Child), from the University of Utah and completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the University of Miami (FL).

Susan Goldfarb, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. is the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC) in Boston, MA.   In 2004, the CAC initiated the Suffolk County Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition, a multidisciplinary collaboration with the goals of improving services and safety for commercially exploited youth and increasing accountability of the adults who exploit them.  SEEN has developed “Responding to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC): Guidelines for a Multidisciplinary Intervention” and has identified and assisted over 1000 exploited and high risk youth in the Greater Boston community.  In 2011, together with the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, SEEN spearheaded Safe Harbor legislation in Massachusetts to ensure that child victims of commercial sexual exploitation receive services and are not treated as criminals. Susan received a BS in Psychology from Brown University, and MSW from the Boston University School of Social Work.   She serves as Chair of the Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition.

Trudy Novicki, became the Executive Director of Kristi House, Inc. in February 2003.  Before joining Kristi House, Trudy was a Chief Assistant State Attorney for the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office.  She began her employment with the State Attorney in 1978 after graduating from Vanderbilt Law School.  During her years as a prosecutor Trudy specialized in complex litigation.  As Chief Assistant, she supervised the Sexual Battery/Child Abuse Unit, the Forensic Interview Unit, and served on various boards relating to child abuse, including the Interagency Task Force for Sexually Abused Children, the Florida Committee for the Establishment of a Sexual Predator Protocol Handbook, and the Kristi House Advisory Board.  She has served on the adjunct faculty of the University of Miami Law School since 1989 and is a faculty member of Florida International University. Trudy, mother of five children, was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dawn Thompson, MA, has been an Educator with special needs populations and has worked for Kristi House, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Miami Dade County for 16 years and is currently the Assistant Executive Director. She has designed programs and develops presentations on topics of Sexual Abuse, Reporting, Boundary Safety, Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Harassment, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and more recently Children and Traumatic Stress. Currently the program provides presentations to thousands of Miami Dade students, parents and community agencies annually. In addition to her Education and Outreach work she has guided the agency through accreditation, expansion of therapeutic and case management services, quality assurance and supervises Staff training and the Volunteer Program.

John Pizzuro, MA, is a Lt. in the New Jersey State Police, and is the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Commander for the State of New Jersey. his 22 years of experience in the New Jersey State Police has provided him with a unique perspective on human behavior, and a deep understanding of the pressure that is experienced by law enforcement, their families and the public.

Becky League, is the Executive Director of the Family & Children’s Place Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center in Louisville, KY and the Family & the Family & Children’s Place Child Advocacy Center in New Albany, IN and a satellite CAC in Jeffersonville, IN.  Becky has been a forensic interviewer for 11 years with over 4,500 interviews conducted in all arenas and has provided expert testimony across various court jurisdictions. She is a licensed clinical social worker in KY and IN since 2008 and has provided mental health crisis work with homicidal/social youth and youth at risk of hospitalization and of losing placements, sexually reactive children, and trauma focused work with youth and their families, and other youth related mental health issues.   Becky has worked with MDT’s for 11 years and is involved in the work of sexually exploited children by serving on various local and state task force groups and committees.

Disclosure Statement

It is our intent that any potential conflict should be identified openly so that the listeners may form their own judgments about the presentation with the full disclosure of the facts. It is not assumed any potential conflicts will have an adverse impact on these presentations. It remains for the audience to determine whether the speaker’s outside interest may reflect a possible bias, either the exposition or the conclusions presented.

Planning committee members and presenter(s) have disclosed they have no significant financial relationship with a pharmaceutical company and have disclosed that no conflict of interest exists with the presentation/educational event.

Points of view or opinions expressed in this course are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of OJJDP or the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Unify Our Response
Resilience
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Unify Our Response
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Open to view video. This resource explores the unique needs of child sexual exploitation investigations and what Children’s Advocacy Centers should consider when responding to this population. This resource is brought to your through a collaboration between the National Children’s Alliance and the Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. Leaders within the CAC movement can be integral in the development and implementation of CSEC programs at Children’s Advocacy Centers.
The CAC Approach to CSEC
ADDRESSING HUMAN TRAFFICKING
The following video series is intended as a resource for CAC Directors. The video series was designed to be shared with MDT Members, Stakeholders, and Community Supporters. It is our hope that CAC Director’s will use the resource, in partnership with their community, to understand and explore the unique needs of child sexual exploitation investigations. The series features leaders from across the country and from a variety of disciplines. Topics include; the role of an MDT in responding to child sexual exploitation cases (CSEC), victim identification, legal considerations, and provides foundational information for Children’s Advocacy Centers to consider when responding to this population. Videos can be watched individually or as a collection.
The CAC Approach to CSEC
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Open to view video. Understand the critical role of a MDT response to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children; specifically to sexual human trafficking.
Overview and Identification of CSEC
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Open to view video. Define methods for identifying and screening CSEC victims.
Developing a CSEC Protocol
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Open to view video. Developing a CSEC Protocol specific to Human Trafficking.
Legal Considerations: Safe Harbor Laws
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Open to view video. Understand what Safe Harbor legislation is, and how to access information regarding their particular jurisdiction’s Safe Harbor Law.
Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM) as it Relates to CSEC
CSEC Protocols specific to Child Pornography/Abuse Images
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Open to view video. Watch this video conversation and build your understanding of the key components to a protocol for child pornography/abusive images investigations.
Beyond Images
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Open to view video. How to support families through the victimization of sexual abuse images.
When Images Hurt: How to understand, respond, and find hope for your child
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Open to download resource. Study, download, and print this guide for caregivers of children victimized by child pornography/abusive images to answer some of their most pressing questions.
Child Pornography Protocols Framing Tool
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Open to download resource. The below listed suggested Child Pornography protocols are to be used as a guide when developing your local jurisdiction protocols and should not be viewed as all encompassing. This guide was developed as a part of a resource from NCA’s Collaborative Workgroup on CSEC cases specific to Child Pornography and Exploitation.
HEAL THE HURT
HEAL THE HURT
Draw inspiration and strategies from Child Advocacy Centers serving commercially sexually exploited children. At the core of the highlighted programs you will find Multidisciplinary Teams who have developed and expanded services to meet specific investigation and treatment needs in their community. We hope you will be inspired to explore the interventions as your work to address the commercial sexual exploitation of children in your own community.
Runaway Intervention Program
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Open to view video. Created in 2006, the Runaway Intervention Program (RIP) is a joint effort among Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Midwest Children’s Resource Center, Ramsey County Community Human Services, and other community partners to identify and address the needs of young runaway girls.
SEEN Project
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Open to view video. Support to End Exploitation Now Coalition (SEEN Coalition) is a groundbreaking program that partners more than 35 public and private agencies who believe that only genuine collaboration can yield positive outcomes for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC).
Project Gold
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Open to view video. Kristi House’s Project GOLD provides outreach and services to children exploited in sex trafficking to help them escape dangerous lives at the hands of traffickers and predators.
Project Intersect
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Open to view video. The principal goals of the project are to identify evidence-based intervention(s) that effectively engage and treat the mental health needs of CSEC youth, deliver high-quality treatment services to CSEC-identified clients utilizing these evidence-based practices, and train therapists in Georgia in these practices to create a network of providers to serve CSEC clients.
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Becky League

Becky League is the Family & Children’s Place Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center in Louisville, KY and the Family & the Family & Children’s Place Child Advocacy Center in New Albany, IN and a satellite CAC in Jeffersonville, IN.  Becky has been a forensic interviewer for 11 years with over 4,500 interviews conducted in all arenas and has provided expert testimony across various court jurisdictions. She is a licensed clinical social worker in KY and IN since 2008 and has provided mental health crisis work with homicidal/social youth and youth at risk of hospitalization and of losing placements, sexually reactive children, and trauma focused work with youth and their families, and other youth related mental health issues.   Becky has worked with MDT’s for 11 years and is involved in the work of sexually exploited children by serving on various local and state task force groups and committees.

Dawn Thompson

Dawn Thompson, has been an Educator with special needs populations and has worked for Kristi House, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Miami Dade County for 16 years and is currently the Assistant Executive Director. She has designed programs and develops presentations on topics of Sexual Abuse, Reporting, Boundary Safety, Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Harassment, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and more recently Children and Traumatic Stress. Currently the program provides presentations to thousands of Miami Dade students, parents and community agencies annually. In addition to her Education and Outreach work she has guided the agency through accreditation, expansion of therapeutic and case management services, quality assurance and supervises Staff training and the Volunteer Program.

John Pizzuro

Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

John Pizzuro has 24 years, experience from the New Jersey State Police and in that role is The Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In addition, to running a task force and overseeing 70 affiliate law enforcement agencies. John Pizzuro has successfully investigated, managed and supervised; Internet Crimes against Children, child exploitation, fraud involving non-profit and financial institutions, bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, organized crime, racketeering, homicide, terrorism, international narcotics and human trafficking.

As a result this extensive investigative experience has provided him with a unique perspective on human behavior, and a deep understanding of the pressure that is experienced by law enforcement, their families and the public. 

John Pizzuro is certified as a Master Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and has an M.A. in Human Resource Development and Training. He frequently speaks to organizations and audiences on the stress that impacts the law enforcement community. John Pizzuro teaches about personal development, leadership, technology, communication and high impact performance. He inspires, motivates, and empowers audiences to transform their lives by altering their thinking.

Susan Goldfarb, M.S.W., LI.C.S.W.

Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC)

Susan Goldfarb, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. is the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC) in Boston, MA. In 2004, the CAC initiated the Suffolk County Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition, a multidisciplinary collaboration with the goals of improving services and safety for commercially exploited youth and increasing accountability of the adults who exploit them. SEEN has developed “Responding to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC): Guidelines for a Multidisciplinary Intervention” and has identified and assisted over 1000 exploited and high risk youth in the Greater Boston community. In 2011, together with the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, SEEN spearheaded Safe Harbor legislation in Massachusetts to ensure that child victims of commercial sexual exploitation receive services and are not treated as criminals. The Safe Harbor provisions were included in Massachusetts’ human trafficking law enacted in February 2012. SEEN is included in the Administration for Children & Families list of emerging practices to protect exploited youth, the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare’s first list of programs serving this population and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report, Blueprint: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Sex Trafficking of Girls. In 2014, SEEN, in partnership with the My Life My Choice Program @ JRI and the MA Department of Children and Families, was awarded a five-year HHS grant which includes providing training and technical assistance to support CACs across Massachusetts in developing CSEC MDTs.

Ms. Goldfarb received a BS in psychology from Brown University, and MSW from the Boston University School of Social Work. She has been a licensed independent clinical social worker since 1988. She was chair of the Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking Implementation Committee of the MA Interagency Human Trafficking Task Force and serves as Chair of the Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition.

Trudy Novicki

Trudy Novicki, became the Executive Director of Kristi House, Inc. in February 2003. Before joining Kristi House, Trudy was a Chief Assistant State Attorney for the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office. She began her employment with the State Attorney in 1978 after graduating from Vanderbilt Law School. During her years as a prosecutor Trudy specialized in complex litigation. As Chief Assistant, she supervised the Sexual Battery/Child Abuse Unit, the Forensic Interview Unit, and served on various boards relating to child abuse, including the Interagency Task Force for Sexually Abused Children, the Florida Committee for the Establishment of a Sexual Predator Protocol Handbook, and the Kristi House Advisory Board. She has served on the adjunct faculty of the University of Miami Law School since 1989 and is a faculty member of Florida International University. Trudy, mother of five children, was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.