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The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Web page provides information on any type of sexual activity involving a child in exchange for something of value, or promise thereof, to the child or another person or persons.

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Program is administered by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and provides information to support awareness, identification, and prevention education of commercial sexual exploitation of children. Additional information about the CSEC Program can be found on the CSEC Summary Page External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Human Trafficking

“Human Trafficking is a global issue that has not only made its way to our state and region, but also to our public schools. This initiative brings awareness about human trafficking directly to the classroom, and educates school staff about how to identify victims of trafficking. These resources can help a child who is being trafficked and hopefully, prevent a child from falling victim to human trafficking.”
–Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction


Assembly Bill 1227, (Bonta) Human Trafficking Prevention Education and Training Act.

On October 7, 2017, Governor Brown signed groundbreaking legislation making California the first state to adopt human trafficking prevention education training for teachers and students. Sponsored by 3Strands Global Foundation (a PROTECT coalition founder), the Human Trafficking Prevention Education and Training Act amends California Education Code (EC) Section 51934 of the Health Education Framework for grades seven through twelve to require human trafficking prevention education in public schools. This legislation also amends EC Section 51950 to require the continuation of training for school district personnel regarding human trafficking beginning January 1, 2018.

Additionally, Assembly Bill 1227 amended Section 16524.7 of the Welfare and Institutions Code to include local educational agencies to the list of those who may be included in the multidisciplinary team serving commercially sexually exploited children and youth. Further the bill added the county office of education as a mandated participant in the development of an interagency protocol for counties who have opted-in to the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Program as outlined in Senate Bill 855.


Prevention Organized to Educate Children on Trafficking (PROTECT)

PROTECT consists of three nonprofit organizations who have joined together in the fight against human trafficking. These nonprofit organizations are listed below:

  • 3Strands Global Foundation
  • Frederick Douglass Family Initiative
  • Love Never Fails

The joint mission is to reduce the vulnerability of children by identifying and preventing human trafficking using a standardized trauma informed education curriculum and systematic delivery methodology. This collaborative has developed materials to allow fifth, seventh, ninth, and eleventh grade teachers to incorporate the topic of human trafficking into their annual educational calendar. For more information about PROTECT, visit the PROTECT Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

Protect Partners

3Strands Global

A nonprofit organization established to combat human trafficking through education, reintegration and engagement initiatives. They are empowering a global community to combat human trafficking through their growing network of government and law enforcement agencies, individuals, organizations, corporations and nonprofits all working together. For more information about 3Strands Global Foundation, visit the 3Strands Global Foundation Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

Frederick Douglass Family Initiative (FDFI)

FDFI formed the Trafficking-Free Community (TFC). The TFC project aims to reduce the vulnerability of children to the crime of sex trafficking and other forms of human trafficking through a combination of classroom curricula, educator training, and the coordination of community resources. Each phase of the project, in a first-of-its-kind study, will be measured and evaluated in order to provide a clear understanding of how prevention and early intervention initiatives, geared toward youth, can impact the incidence of human trafficking in communities. For more information about FDFI, please visit the FDFI Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

Love Never Fails

An organization dedicated to the restoration, education, and protection of those involved or at risk of becoming involved in domestic sex trafficking. The site includes information on education, mentoring, housing, search and rescue, community activism, workforce development, legal services, case management, and more. For more information about Love Never Fails, visit the Love Never Fails Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

A21 Campaign

The A21 exists to abolish injustice in the 21st century. A21 is a nonprofit organization who believes that we can end human trafficking together. The A21 Campaign educates about and provides resources for ending human trafficking, which is a form of modern-day slavery. Human trafficking fuels the growth of organized crime, undermining health, safety, security, and the basic needs of humanity. Educating the next generation about the dangers and reality of human trafficking is key to abolishing this abomination. For more information about the A21 Campaign, visit the A21 Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Blue Campaign

The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice. For more information on the Blue Campaign, visit the DHS Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. Since 1984, NCMEC has served as the national clearinghouse and resource center for families, victims, private organizations, law enforcement, and the public on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. For more information about the NCMEC, visit the NCMEC Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

The Human Exploitation and Trafficking Institute

The mission of the Human Exploitation and Trafficking (H.E.A.T.) Institute is an innovative research-based think tank, bringing together leaders from multiple state and local systems to create a unified and comprehensive system of support to respond to and prevent human exploitation and trafficking. The H.E.A.T. Institute is to develop an effective, comprehensive, collaborative, and regional response to human trafficking of all forms; to provide tools, education and community engagement to change societal, legal and institutional approaches; and to support victims and hold their offenders accountable. For more information about the H.E.A.T. Institute, visit the HEAT Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

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Last Reviewed: Monday, October 21, 2019