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Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Program

donate-online-red.png Children and adolescents are being sold into a $150 billion annual market for sex and labor. This is happening globally, and domestically; in urban and suburban areas. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Atlanta, Georgia, is the No. 1 major hub of human and sex trafficking in the United States.

Devereux Georgia’s Residential CSEC Program provides sophisticated treatment for girls from around the country who have experienced emotional, physical and sexual trauma. In recent years, there has been a steady increase in referrals of girls who have been commercially sexually exploited. Girls who lived through the experience of being commercially exploited have very specific treatment needs that includes a protected living environment that provides a sense of sexual security and predictability, and treatment strategies designed to help these girls understand victimization and empower them to create a different life.

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Girls ages 10-21 years with a FSIQ 70 or above who meet the general admission criteria for the PRTF level of care (psychiatric disorder, failed treatment at a lower level of care, GAF below 40, require treatment in a structured setting with 24-hour nursing/medical services) are eligible for admission. Most common diagnoses include: PTSD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Mood Disorder and Substance Abuse Disorder.

Program Components

  • Gender and age specific housing units on a secure campus
  • Ackerman Academy, AdvancED-accredited school
  • Administration of the Child PTSD Symptom Scale and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, if appropriate
  • Administration of the SASSI 2, and referral to substance abuse treatment using the Cannabis Youth Treatment Program or Matrix Model, as appropriate
  • Weekly individualized therapy, group therapy 2-4 times weekly, activity therapy 3 times weekly, family therapy bi-weekly
  • CSEC group therapy utilizing STRIVE RESPECT Group Curriculum
  • Nursing/psychiatric services weekly to monthly, as needed


Yolanda P. Graham, MD
Yolanda Graham, MD, Devereux Georgia’s Medical Director, is board certified in general psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Graham received her medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed her residency and fellowship at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Graham has received national recognition for her treatment of sexually exploited children. Sought out as an expert in her field, she worked with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Children and Families to develop a statewide response to address the needs of child sex trafficking victims. The STRIVE RESPECT Group Curriculum was developed specifically for the treatment of sexually exploited children under Dr. Graham’s direction.