Oakland Unite 2018-2019 Strategy Evaluation: Crisis Intervention for Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth

Oakland Unite 2018-2019 Strategy Evaluation: Crisis Intervention for Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth

Published: Oct 18, 2019
Publisher: Oakland, CA: Mathematica
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Associated Project

Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Violence: Evaluation of Oakland Unite

Time frame: 2016-2020

Prepared for:

City of Oakland

Authors

Mindy Hu

Natalie Larkin

Michela Garber

Key Findings

Within the report, we identify best practices for supporting CSE youth:

  • Develop a shared definition and validated method to identify CSE youth
  • Take a trauma-informed approach to services
  • Assess CSE youth’s readiness for change and tailor services to their needs
  • Take a long-term, flexible approach to services
  • Provide a reliable, stable relationship with a caring adult
  • Employ providers with expertise in CSE or lived experience
  • Help youth rebuild family and community ties

Oakland Unite aims to interrupt and prevent violence by focusing on the youth and young adults in Oakland who are at highest risk of direct exposure to violence, violent victimization, and active involvement in violence. Oakland Unite administers grants to community-based organizations through a diverse set of strategies and sub-strategies to accomplish this goal. The commercially sexually exploited youth (CSE youth) intervention offers funding for services that support youth at risk of or experiencing commercial sexual exploitation. It aims to help survivors meet their immediate needs for safety and be connected to resources to aid them on their path to healing and stability. This 2018–2019 strategy evaluation report provides an in-depth analysis of the implementation of the CSE youth intervention sub-strategy and its role in the local policy context.

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