Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)What is CSEC?
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is a form of modern day slavery that exists both in the United States, and internationally. CSEC perpetrators use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to force women, men and children to engage in commercial sex against their will. Under federal law, any minor under the age of 18 years induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking—regardless of whether or not the trafficker used force, fraud, or coercion.How to ReportTo report suspected commercial sex trafficking of minors, please refer to the LAUSD Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Requirements Policy BUL-1347.2
Cadre of ConsultantsPurpose
In 2015, the Los Angeles Unified School District joined a national movement to increase awareness of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). The Board Resolution “Not in our Schools, Not in our Communities” initiated a campaign to provide CSEC awareness and prevention trainings throughout L.A. Unified. CSEC awareness education aims to prevent and address CSEC by increasing knowledge among L.A. Unified staff, students, and families, and ensuring appropriate, timely response to support those at-risk or involved in CSEC. CSEC is a fast growing criminal enterprise throughout the world. Los Angeles holds the regrettable position of being one of the highest markets for the commercial sexual exploitation of children, prompting the LAUSD to take a proactive measure to protect our students and our communities. While no one is truly safe, youth in out-of-homecare placements (foster, homeless, camp returnee) are significantly over-represented as vulnerable targets for commercial sexual exploitation.
In response to the Board Resolution “Not in our Schools, Not in our Communities,” the Division of Student Health and Human Services developed a multidisciplinary Cadre of Consultants who facilitate CSEC awareness trainings for staff in secondary schools throughout the District. Additionally, all LAUSD personnel receive CSEC training through an updated policy and biannual mandated Child Abuse Awareness Trainings, which includes CSEC scenarios.
As a District priority, the Cadre of Consultants began implementing a series of trainings at school sites in the spring of 2017. The Cadre will continue to provide trainings throughout the District until all secondary schools have been trained.
The Cadre of Consultants is also available for consultation and professional development at school and work sites. If you have any questions or need consultation, please contact your Local District CSEC Cadre Lead.
CADRE OF CONSULTANTS, LEAD TRAINERS
NORTHEAST NORTHWEST EAST Linet Danoukh Rachel Coates-Campbell WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Valeska Cosci Diana Vasquez Marcia PriceObjectives
The District is committed to optimizing the academic engagement and success of all students. Toward that end, the District recognizes that community, familial, and personal trauma and stressors can create barriers to school engagement.CSEC awareness trainings conducted by the Cadre of Consultants will support identification of suspected victims of sex trafficking and following established protocol for the mandated reporting of child abuse to law enforcement and the Department of Children and Family Services. Additionally, the trainings will serve to increase awareness of:• Prevalence of the commercial sexual exploitation of children• Sex trafficking risk factors and warning signs• Recruitment tactics of sex traffickers and peer recruiters• Myths about victims and abusers• Local resources for victimsFor additional information, please contact:
La Shona Jenkins, LCSWCoordinatorFoster Youth Achievement Program
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- Academic Support and Achievement Program
- A-G Diploma Program
- Commerical Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
- Foster Youth Achievement Program (FYAP)
- Group Home Scholars Program
- Homeless Education Program
- Juvenile Hall/Camp Returnee Program
- Student Discipline and Expulsion Support Unit