Alameda County D.A. Office Proclaims January 2013 Human Trafficking Awareness Month (January 8th - February 12th).
“Our H.E.A.T. Watch blueprint guides other communities in their effort to combat exploitation in their neighborhoods. This is more than geographic regionalization; this must be an organization of community partners cooperating for one common goal. We extend an invitation to our surrounding counties to participate in H.E.A.T. Watch, and join our local, regional and national efforts to combat human trafficking,” says Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.
Child Quest International (CQI) is proud to be a part of the Bay Area H.E.A.T. Watch Coalition (BAHC). H.E.A.T. Watch combines five successful strategies that protect CSEC victims, enhance efforts to investigate and prosecute their traffickers, and stop human exploitation and trafficking.
The five components of H.E.A.T. Watch are:
- Community Education and Collaboration
- Law Enforcement Training, Intelligence Sharing, and Coordination
- Prosecution of Offenders
- Engage and Enlist Policy Makers, Legislators & Community Decision Makers
- Coordinated Delivery of Essential CSEC Services For Stabilization
H.E.A.T. Watch is a joint effort of several agencies, disciplines, and individuals, facilitated by A.C.D.A.O. leadership. Under the H.E.A.T. Watch umbrella, the District Attorney, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Non-Government Victim-Advocates, Probation, Courts, Social Services, Businesses, and the Community, partner to combat human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). H.E.A.T. Watch supports an effective response by all those who interact with children who are victims of and/or are at-risk for commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). By joining forces, H.E.A.T. Watch strives to address all aspects of CSEC, including providing victimized youth with resources they need to be safe and grow healthy and strong, by reaching out to those who can help rescue and protect them from abuse and by holding those who exploit them accountable.
CQI will be addressing this issue throughout the month on our blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments and comeback for our next post on Human Trafficking and CSEC.
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