Saturday, February 26, 2011

MISSSEY: Motivating, Inspiring, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth


Basic Information
Alameda County, CA
Founded in 2007
501(c)3- nonprofit status
25 collaborators
5 members on Board of Directors
4 Co-founders

Contact Info:
For training: training@misssey.org
(p): 510-267-8840
Nola Brantley

Vision Statement: We envision a world where children are protected and free from sexual exploitation.

Mission Statement: to respond to the needs of CSEC through advocacy, specialized treatment, and recovery services, education, training and data reporting. 
Ten employees include: 1) executive director, co-founder, operations and finance manager, co-founder, 3) case manager, 4) resources specialist, 5) development director, 6)SPA peer educator, 7) volunteer coordinator, 8) youth advocate, 9) training coordinator, 10) administrative assistant.
          In 2008, they only had 2 paid staff members and 2 volunteers (where did this funding come from, or is the assumption that the above 10 are paid wrong)

The organization uses a 6-point platform to help its clients[i]:

1. That Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) to be recognized as victims instead of criminals. CSEC are victims of sexual child abuse in the form of sexual exploitation, not child prostitutes.

2. That education and awareness to be brought to the issues surrounding CSEC. The commercial sexual exploitation of children occurs in many forms including child prostitution.

3. That a comprehensive service model and crisis center is established for CSEC. CSEC deserve and need specialized treatment, as well as non-judgmental, maternal, and innovative services provided by a youthful with relevant life experience.

4. That CSEC to be provided with services focusing on their healing and recovery. Creating a permanent record of a child's sexual exploitation through media or any other means further exploits the child.

5. Seeks a national movement initiated that recognizes the issue of CSEC, which will require law enforcement, the juvenile justice system, and social services to respond to CSEC as victims instead of criminals. CSEC are victims of physical, mental, and psychological abuse as well as sexual abuse, and need protection regardless of their ability to cooperate.

6. That the sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation of children are serious criminal offenses against a highly vulnerable population. We want serious consequences imposed on anyone that sexually abuses or commercially sexually exploits children, especially involving child or teen prostitution.


SACEY (Sexually Abused and Commercially Exploited Youth)
-       Three types of services
o   Advocacy

o   SPA (Safe Place Alternative)
§  Open M-F 2pm-6pm
§  Therapeutic services
§  Life skills development
§  Self-sufficiency training
§  Recreational  activities
§  Education, financial literacy
§  Clients offered monthly schedule of activities, crafts
·         Family style dinners for holidays, gifts
§  Case management
·         M-F from 9am-6PM
·         Works with ages 11-18
·         Works with child and family, if applicable, to ensure safety
·         Focuses on clients effort and accomplishments
·         Typical cases lasts from 1-3 years
§  Resource specialist
·         M-F 9-6PM
·         Services ages 18-21
·         Give clients resource survey in order to determine what resources  would be suitable/helpful
·         Works one on one (client and resource specialist)
·         Includes working on college applications, financial aid, resumes, cover letters, employment, public benefits
·         Also help with concrete needs, such as basic needs, bus passes, hygiene products, gift cards for food

o   Crisis response assessment
Also do data reporting, where they work with schools and clinics to develop reports and data on CSEC

MISSSEY Community Collective (MCC): crucial body of community members responding to the survivors of CSEC.

Survivor Leadership
-       Starting in summer of 2011
-       A 9 month training providing leadership to MISSSEY clients
-       Able to seek employment in MISSSEY after
-       MISSSEY is looking to internally grow their staff


Funding:
-       Monetary donations from public
-       Tangible donations
-       In 2008, 93% of their funding came from Oakland Measure Y initiative
o   Funds case management and advocacy services
-       The other 7% comes from the EBCF
o   Funds staff and the plan outlined in their 2008 strategic management
-       Others potential funders: Hancock-Carton Fund, East Bay Community Foundation, Alameda County Family Justice Center
-       Groves' Foundation
-       Goodsearch
-       (They wish to educate and create better informed grant makers and foundations in CSEC in order to increase funding for this issue)

Why located in CA?
-       “ According to California’s statewide report, Human Trafficking in California, California’s ‘extensive international border, its major harbors and airports, its powerful economy and accelerating population, its large immigrant population and its industries’ makes California a ‘magnet’ for people who commercially sexually exploit and abuse children.” (MISSSEY Statewide and National Advocacy Plan 2)

In their report, MISSSEY points out a sweet spot for an entrepreneur: “one of the biggest gaps in services is the current lack of placement options for domestically trafficked children who have been commercially sexually exploited.” (MISSSEY Statewide and National Advocacy Plan 4)




[i]http://misssey.org/about.html

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