Coalescing efforts and Collaboration - Fighting the Commercial Sex Exploitation of Minors (CSEM)
Service delivery to human trafficking survivors is convoluted and complex. Restore Corps facilitate a quarterly CSEM (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors) Collaboration Workgroup for the purposes of creating a community-wide three circled coalition to intervene, prevent, liaise and advocate for juvenile victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Shelby County.
Launched in 2017, the CSEM working group in Shelby County collaborates together to identify at risk and exploited youth, and devise creative ways for intervention and prevention.
A three-circled approach promises to comprehensively combat juvenile sex trafficking by obstructing on-ramps to exploitation and providing immediate, accessible off-ramps to individuals already victimized. The three circles include the CSEM Intervention/Prevention Coalition, providing immediate services to victims at the point of intervention, the CSEM Liaison Coalition, providing secondary services to victim, and communicating needs assessments to the Intervention/Prevention Coalition, and lastly, the CSEM Advocacy Coalition, providing advocacy services and promoting prevention efforts to curb demand and empower vulnerable youth.
The CSEM Workgroup plans to add an additional layer of transparency and collaboration in the spring of 2022. Key workgroup members will join a monthly multi-disciplinary team meeting to consult on active juvenile cases in the spring of 2022.