Child trafficking is the human rights issue of our time. We know it happens elsewhere, but do you know that there are 500 or more girls and boys, being bought and sold in King County? The problem is growing, and the internet is making detection, protection, and prosecution even harder. We must intervene on their behalf.
In 2015 StolenYouth raised over $820,000. The impact of these funds are already being felt:
The Board of StolenYouth is deeply humbled by your generosity and commitment to standing with us in the fight against child trafficking. Our third luncheon was incredibly successful, surpassing totals from the first two years as well as our expectations. We are grateful for your partnership and support; without it we could not support services for trafficked youth or research and prevention efforts.
We are thrilled to share with you the organizations and work that our grants will support in the coming year. We are especially excited to welcome a new organization to our coalition, Seattle Against Slavery.
- YouthCare's Bridge Program grant ensures that The Bridge Continuum of Care for Sexually Exploited Youth continues to strengthen community capacity across King County to provide trafficked children and youth with safe housing, case management, and critical services.
- The Center for Children and Youth Justice (CCYJ), led by Justice Bobbe Bridge, will receive a grant to oversee the completion of a statewide data collection tool on commercially sexually exploited children and youth that will prove instrumental in identifying root causes, systemic trends, and successful intervention methods.
- Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) grant money will be used to expand core services for survivors, support groups, hire an additional youth advocate, and support the successful Men's Accountability programming.
- Business to End Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) received a grant for providing state wide trainings to hoteliers and businesses to increase the identification and prevention of trafficking victims and to reduce the demand for prostituted youth.
- Seattle Against Slavery (SAS) will use its grant to implement an innovative high school curriculum in King County schools, specifically designed to educate young men about the harms of prostitution and to enlist them as allies in the fight against youth sexual exploitation.
The work of these organizations is truly life saving and we are proud to support them. Together, we are making a difference and affecting system-wide changes in our community response to youth trafficking. We are excited to see our impact deepen in the coming year.