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Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

Planning and Training

The Seattle Human Services Department, in conjunction with the Seattle Police Department, the Seattle City Attorney's Office and other partners, to form the Seattle-King County Sexual Exploitation Response Network (Seattle-KCSERN). The Seattle-KCSERN is developing a coordinated response protocol to improve victim identification and referrals, and enhance support for survivors and their family. This enhanced coordinated response effort is in partnership with the Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking (WAshACT) to enhance support services and perpetrator accountability.

The Seattle-KCSERN has been meeting since June 2012 to review various (local, regional and national) model protocols and to develop a coordinated system response that is tailored to the City of Seattle's existing resources, services, geography and identified needs and gaps. The client-centered approach of the protocol, which focuses on (1) enhancing collaboration between law enforcement and service providers and (2) improve wraparound victim services, are largely built upon two years of work by the Seattle Human Services department to research into the issue and collect feedback from survivors, providers, and criminal justice professionals. A report highlighting the findings is the Seattle Human Services Department's Report - Ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation: A Local Coordinated Response Assessment and Strategic Framework Addressing Sex Trafficking of Minors in Seattle King County - released October 2012.

For more information: Contact Lan Pham, Sr. Planning and Development Specialist (OOC) at lan.pham@seattle.gov.

Upcoming Trainings

The Seattle Human Services Department believes that awareness raising and skill building are two important steps to ending commercial exploitation. We are offering the following trainings and workshops at an affordable cost for all who are interested. The trainings are not offered as a series and are most appropriate for first responders, system and human services providers.

Upcoming trainings:

PROSTITUTION AND ADDRESSING THE DEMAND
with Peter Qualliotine/Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS)

DATE: Monday, September 22, 2014
TIME: 9:00am-4:30pm; Registration at 8:30am
LOCATION: 2100 Building (Community Room B), 2100 - 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
COST: $20 Non-refundable. Morning coffee and a light lunch will be provided. For more information please call 206-233-3852.
TO REGISTER: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X97MWLR
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 15, 2014, at 5pm. Space is limited!

The training will focus on 3 components - (1) reframing the issue of prostitution, (2) addressing the demand, and (3) focusing on the relationship between the prostituted person and his/her pimp/trafficker.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Examine gender socialization as a means to understanding the practice of prostitution
  • Identify risk factors that increase one's vulnerability to being prostituted
  • Juxtapose the concept of Men's Entitlement with that of Men's Accountability
  • Explore the relationship of prostitution to other forms of gender-based violence including micro-aggressions through the framework of the Sexual Violence Continuum
  • Understanding normative Male Sexual Identity as an identification with dominance that is inconsistent with the notions of equality and gender justice.
  • Evaluate the findings of the 2011 study: "Comparing Sex Buyers with Men Who Don't Buy Sex."
  • Be aware of the language of the sub-culture of prostitution
  • Understanding several common different types of pimping
  • Recognize the similarity of the relationship of the "boyfriend pimp" of the prostituted person to that of intimate partner violence
  • Explore the issue of trauma bonding as it relates to the practice of prostitution

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LEGAL FRAMEWORKS AND SYSTEMMATIC RESPONSES TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
with Leslie Briner of Notes on the Ground Consulting

DATE: Friday, October 17, 2014
TIME: 9:00am-4:30pm; Registration at 8:30am
LOCATION: Seattle Municipal Tower, 16th floor, Conference Room 1600, 700 5th Ave, Seattle WA 98104
COST: $20 Non-refundable. Morning coffee and a light lunch will be provided. For more information, call 206-233-3852.
TO REGISTER: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HVFYQPM
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 3, 2014 at 5pm. Space is limited.

Description: This unique course is designed for legal professionals, service providers, students and community members who are interested in the rapidly changing landscape of prostitution, trafficking and commercial sexual abuse laws and policy. This course will explore federal statues and examples of Safe Harbor laws that are being implemented at the state level. This training will also explore the application of legal frameworks of legalization, regulated decriminalization, criminalization and the Nordic Model through case studies of countries that have adopted such frameworks.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand the purpose and application of the current WA State and federal statutes
  • Become familiar with the concept of Safe Harbor laws and how they are being developed and implemented in key states
  • Explore legal frameworks being used internationally to regulate or shift legal responses to prostitution and trafficking
  • Explore critical awareness of personal and societal beliefs and biases about people who participate in the sex trade

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PROSTITUTION, EXPLOITATION AND SEX WORK: Navigating Multiple Frameworks
with Queer and Trans Youth with Shannon Perez-Darby of the Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse

DATE: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
TIME: Registration at 8:30am, 9am-12pm
LOCATION: 2100 Building (Board Room), 2100 - 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
COST: $15 Non-refundable. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 206-233-3852.
TO REGISTER: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HVKQNZD
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 13, 2014 at 5pm. Space is limited.

Description: This unique course is designed for legal professionals, service providers, students and community members who are interested in the rapidly changing landscape of prostitution, trafficking and commercial sexual abuse laws and policy. This course will explore federal statues and examples of Safe Harbor laws that are being implemented at the state level. This training will also explore the application of legal frameworks of legalization, regulated decriminalization, criminalization and the Nordic Model through case studies of countries that have adopted such frameworks.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Understanding youth self-determination and its relationship to sexual exploitation
  • Centering the experience of LGBT Youth
  • Understanding more about the various frameworks used to address the experiences of LGBT youth who trade sex for money
  • Exploring the overlaps in these frameworks to help find common ground in the hopes of better supporting LGBT youth in the sex trade

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ENDING SEXUAL EXPLOITATION: Male Allyship Workshop
with Peter Qualliotine of Organization for Prostitution Survivors

DATE: Monday, November 3, 2014
TIME: 9:00am-12:00pm; Registration at 8:30am
LOCATION: 2100 Building (Room A); 2100 - 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
COST: $15 Non-refundable. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 206-233-3852.
TO REGISTER: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HVJKKXB
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 24, 2014 at 5pm. Space is limited.

Description: The CSE - Male Allyship Workshop is designed to critically explore men's role in ending commercial sexual exploitation and other forms of violence against women through a 3-hour presentation, discussion and small group exercises. The purpose is for attendees to better understand the root of violence and exploitation of women and identify concrete steps that they can take to work toward ending violence against women, as advocates and allies.

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TRAUMA, PTSD, AND THE SEX TRADE:
A Training for Therapists and Mental Health Providers with Leslie Briner of Notes on the Ground Consulting

DATE: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
TIME: 9:00am-4:30pm; Registration at 8:30am
LOCATION: 2100 Building (Board Room), 2100 - 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
COST: $25 Non-refundable. Morning coffee and a light lunch will be provided. For more information, call 206-233-3852.
TO REGISTER: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HVGB5RP
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 8, 2014 at 5pm. Space is limited.

Description: This unique training is an advanced offering for those with previous clinical training. During this course, participants will receive in depth knowledge about the prevalence of harm, violence and trauma experienced by sexually exploited people and the specific effects of this trauma. Participants will learn about an integrative recovery model as well as how evidenced based interventions, such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, are used with this population.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Explore the specific effects of harm, violence and trauma experienced in the sex trade
  • Familiarize participants with the relevant research on this topic, focusing on the prevalence and presentation of Complex PTSDh
  • Learn and practice useful interventions based on an integrative model of recovery
  • Explore strengths and resiliency of people who have been sexually exploited
  • Explore critical awareness of personal and societal beliefs and biases about people who participate in the sex trade

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Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.