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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 will be available for registration on 4/1/14.

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.