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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health wants to bring awareness to this issue and stand by the victims of this crisis.

Human trafficking can take many forms, including coerced labor, involuntary domestic servitude, child soldier recruitment, or prostitution. And unfortunately, this practice all too often involves children.  

Sex trafficking in the U.S.

The most common form of modern day slavery is sex trafficking – and no country is immune.  

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is a global scourge with very serious impact in the U.S. In fact, the FBI estimates more than 100,000 American children, 98 percent of whom are girls, are being trafficked in the U.S. today. 

About Devereux’s CSEC program

Devereux is one of the few behavioral healthcare organizations providing sophisticated treatment for youth from around the country who have experienced emotional, physical and sexual trauma. 

We are the provider of choice, nationwide, in supporting trafficked childhood victims on their path to healing, meeting their unique needs through trauma-informed, evidence-based clinical therapies, delivered in a compassionate and supportive environment. The program is currently available in our Georgia, Florida and Pennsylvania centers, and we are working to introduce the program in other Devereux locations. 

Spreading awareness

Devereux National Executive Director for Mental Health Dr. Yolanda Graham is acknowledged throughout the field for her work with this special population of youth. She consulted on the development of our CSEC-specific curriculum, which includes the following therapeutic services:

  • Holding individual and group components that focus on activities and discussions related to self-esteem, emotion regulation and a detailed understanding of sexual exploitation
  • Enabling youth to “tell their story” in a safe, shame-free setting
  • Instilling skills to develop safer and healthier lifestyles
  • Assisting with substance abuse treatment, recovery from trauma, and the development of a relapse prevention plan 

“Victims of commercial sexual exploitation face physical, emotional and psychological wounds as a result of the trauma they endure,” said Dr. Graham. “This month is an excellent opportunity to spread awareness, support these victims and educate the public on how to identify and prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of children.” 

Click here to learn more about Devereux’s CSEC services. Click here to learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.

  

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Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health leaders Senior Vice President of External Affairs Leah Yaw and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Clark were featured in a recent issue of the Family Focused Treatment Association’s newsletter - FOCUS. The topic: launching an organizational rebrand.

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