SlaveFree Madison to host discussion of 2011 COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN: Dane County Needs Assessment

The Dane County Coordinated Community Response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CCR-CSEC) was co-founded in 2010 by Project Respect, SlaveFree Madison, and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault to improve and build services for sexually exploited children in the Dane County community.

The report of this assessment will be released shortly. The report's two authors will discuss their findings during the February SlaveFree Madison meeting
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Covenant Presbyterian Church (map)
326 South Segoe Road
Madison, WI

All those interested in the issue of the commercial sexual exploitation of children are invited to participate. No prior registration is necessary.  A SlaveFree Madison business meeting follows from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Guests are welcome to sit in.

Background of the Study

In 2011, the CCR-CSEC undertook a community needs assessment funded by the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, Violence Against Women Program. The objective of the study is to strengthen the existing service delivery system for commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) by developing appropriate services that addresses this particular kind of sexual trauma. This baseline study focused on interviewing agencies that may currently encounter victims of CSEC; collecting existing data on the identification, availability of services and training; and, collecting anonymous case studies that identify victim needs.

The numbers of CSEC victims in Dane County are hard to quantify. This study is a first attempt to measure the extent of the problem in our community. Since none of the agencies surveyed are required to identify and collect data on CSEC within their systems, there is no reliable number to report.

Utilizing methodology developed by Shared Hope International, during the summer of 2011, interviews were conducted with representatives from fourteen Dane County agencies and organizations that were likely to have contact with CSEC victims. By state and federal law, CSEC victims are victims of child sex trafficking.

Report Authors

Shira Rosenthal Phelps is the Project Coordinator at Project Respect. Project Respect works with survivors of prostitution, sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Shira also works for the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Violence Prevention Specialist, focusing on sexual assault and dating/domestic violence on campus. Shira has worked to end violence against women for over 10 years and is a UW Law School alum. Currently, Shira serves on the board of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health and sits of the Dane County Commission on Sensitive Crimes.

Jan Miyasaki serves as the Director of Project Respect, a program that works with survivors of prostitution, sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.  She provides leadership to the Dane County Commercially Sexually Exploited Children committee. Additionally, Jan serves on the State of Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance Human Trafficking Committee, the Dane County Coordinated Community Response-Sexual Assault team and lectures in the UW-Madison Ethnic Studies Department. Jan holds a law degree from Marquette University.