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JuST Response State System Mapping Report: A Review of Current Statutes, Systems, and Services Responses to Juvenile Sex Trafficking

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dc.contributor.author Shared Hope International
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-06T21:33:29Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-06T21:33:29Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Shared Hope International (2015). JuST Response State System Mapping Report: A Review of Current Statutes, Systems, and Services Responses to Juvenile Sex Trafficking. Vancouver, WA: Author. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://sharedhope.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/JuST-Response-Mapping-Report-Final-web.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2635
dc.description.abstract While there is growing recognition at the federal, state and local levels that youth caught in the commercial sex industry are victims of exploitation rather than willing participants in criminal activity, in the 15 years since the Trafficking Victims Protection Action (TVPA) of 2000 was enacted, the majority of state prostitution laws have remained at odds with the federal definition of a juvenile sex trafficking victim. Only recently have state agencies that regularly interact with juvenile sex trafficking victims begun to screen the youth they serve for possible commercial sexual exploitation,3 and even when victims are screened, staff may lack the training to accurately identify trafficking. Yet another barrier arises when victims are identified but appropriate services are not available, leaving overburdened state agencies with an impossible task of connecting a victim to services that do not exist, or the multiple individuals and agencies working with this population are left to develop protocols in silos, resulting in victims touching multiple systems with no coordinated response. These types of barriers and challenges have both negatively and positively impacted the discussion of how states should respond to juvenile sex trafficking victims. While increased understanding of the impact of trauma on juvenile victims has generated pressure to develop solutions, there is a lack of clear agreement on best practices in responding to this population, leaving states without clear guidance on how to develop a system that avoids re-traumatization while addressing the unique needs of individual victims. This lack of guidance may prompt states to avoid developing a response until best practices are identified; however, a wait-and-see approach leaves the urgent and extensive needs of this victim population unaddressed. Enacting laws intended to protect victims without a deep understanding of the implementation challenges risks undermining the purpose of those laws, or risks establishing laws that are never put into practice. On the other hand, if states allow the complexity of the issue to deter action, vulnerable youth will continue to face the trauma of exploitation and punishment through the delinquency process instead of having access to critically needed services. (Author Introduction) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Shared Hope International en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject CSEC en_US
dc.subject sexual exploitation en_US
dc.subject policy en_US
dc.subject law en_US
dc.subject prostitution en_US
dc.title JuST Response State System Mapping Report: A Review of Current Statutes, Systems, and Services Responses to Juvenile Sex Trafficking en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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