Proactive Outreach for the Health of Sexually Exploited Youth

Project Overview (PDF)

9th Funding Cycle Development Award

Project Start Date: January 1, 2014
Project End Date: December 31, 2015
Award Amount: $158,276

Project Goal Statement: The goal of this project is to improve the identification and treatment of youth involved in human trafficking by developing policies and procedures to improve and provide comprehensive health and mental health care throughout Milwaukee.

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  Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Children's Mental Health Services - Wraparound Milwaukee
Additional Community Partner Organization Names:

  • Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office
  • Rethink Resources
  Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: Wendi Ehrman, MD, Department of Pediatrics
Additional Academic Partner: Tia Medley, APN, Department of Pediatrics

  Project Progress Summary Reports:
  Affiliated Web Pages:
  Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Outreach Materials/Events
    • Developed a resource guide, project website and protocol for contacting agencies when trafficking is reported
    • Conducted round table discussion on the needs of youth who have been sexually exploited
    • Presented early identification, risk factors and information on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) to middle and high school students and staff
    • Presented  community resources to parents and children at a Community Learning Center
    • Participated in co-panelist presentation for Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing
    • Developed and distributed a resource book for survivors of trafficking and over 2,000 resource cards for teens
    • Developed medical protocols and algorithms for Human Service Workers, Specialized Care Coordinators and Crisis Stabilizers
    • Conducted numerous educational presentations and information sessions reaching over 500 medical, mental health and social service providers
    • Interviewed for and quoted in Health Progress, the journal and online publication of the Catholic Health Association of the US
    • Participated in interviews for publications in The Guardian and Milwaukee Magazine
  • Presentations
    • Participated in co-panelist presentation on CSEC at MCW
    • Conducted webinar presentation titled “Missed Opportunities: The Medical Response to Sex Trafficking of Minors”
    • Panel presentation at MCW
    • Workshop presentation at the North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology annual meeting
    • Presented at the Reviving Justice Conference
    • Presented at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Grand Rounds
    • Conducted workshop at the National JUST Conference
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