Relationship Violence and Sexual Exploitation

As we continue to learn more about the reasons young people may be sexually exploited, some researchers say Native American young women may be particularly at risk.
The young woman first contacted Bellefaire JCB, a social service agency in Cleveland, complaining of a toothache. Later, she returned because she’d received a card about the organization’s trafficking program from the team that responded to her call.
A number of studies have shown the challenges that youth in foster care have in establishing healthy romantic relationships. Experiencing abuse and neglect can hinder their ability to connect with others. Youth in foster care also lack role models to give them a picture of what healthy interactions look like.
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, an opportunity to join the White House in raising awareness about these abusive practices.
The Department of Justice's Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation will fund projects that support public safety, victim services and crime prevention improvements for Native American and Alaska Native governments.
End Child Prostitution and Trafficking-USA offers funding for organizations that work with sexually trafficked youth. Grants can be requested for youth who have been victims of sex trafficking and need health or medical services.
At a recent community symposium on the commercial sexual exploitation of young people in Dallas, the audience witnessed an unrehearsed demonstration of just how far the city has come in its approach to combating trafficking.
Certified yoga instructor Casadi Marino teaches others how to achieve yoga's benefts, but her expertise extends beyond the mat. Working at the Regional Research Institute for Human Services, she has studied the effects of yoga on mental health.
The Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program aims to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance for adult and youth victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
For people in the runaway and homeless youth field, it's the million dollar question: What makes a young person more or less likely to run away or leave home and become homeless? If we knew the answer, perhaps we could end youth homelessness entirely.
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