Presenters will address commercial sexual exploitation, including the risk factors faced by commercially sexually exploited victims from their adolescence into adulthood, social stigmas and false stereotypes, and the numerous impacts of the commercial sex industry on victims.
About the Presenter:
Jenia Brown is the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) in New York City. She conducts trainings and provides technical assistance for legal professionals, law enforcement and social service professionals on the issues of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and domestic trafficking. Jenia received a B.A in Sociology from DePaul University and a M.A in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University. She has spent years working in sectors such as juvenile justice, child welfare, education and grassroots movement projects which have inspired the drive to prevent and address the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of youth.
Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd in response to an overwhelming need for services for girls and young women at risk for commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking who were being ignored by traditional social service agencies. GEMS’ programming is gender responsive, trauma informed, developmentally grounded, strengths based, social justice oriented, and culturally competent. GEMS’ founding principles reside in survivor leadership and transformational relationships. GEMS’ services are based on the needs and interests of survivors and the agency’s programming is developed based on survivors’ ideas, input, and expertise. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.