Activism in San Diego

By: Linda Adams and Catherine Farmer

ACTION Network, San Diego Youth & Community Services

  • Although it is federally funded, action is taken on a community level
  • Focus on both commercial sex/labor exploitation
  • Work with victims from the age 12 to 17 (homeless or went missing)
  • Training for law enforcement, social service and health care providers
  • Outreach through awareness campaigns
  • Provide social services (eg. Emergency shelters, day drop centers, on-site medical clinics, mental health counseling)

Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC)

  • 60+ government and nonprofit agencies
  • United States and Latin America
  • Trafficking Emergency Hotline
  • work with volunteers
  • projects and services for victims, law enforcement, community
  • purpose: to “bilaterally prevent and intervene in the commercial and sexual exploitation of women and children while advocating for all exploited persons.”

California Against Slavery

  • California Against Slavery
  • Non-profit and non-partisan citizen group
  • Focus on both sex trafficking and forced labor
  • Raise awareness by hosting events
  • Enact change on a legislative level by enacting state laws
  • Sponsored Prop 35 (Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act) which passed in 2012
  • Longer prison terms for traffickers
  • Convicted traffickers to register as sex offenders
  • Require all sex offenders to disclose internet accounts
  • Increase fines in order to pay for survivors’ services
  • Mandate two-hour trafficking training for law enforcers
  • Protect victims in court
  • Remove the need to prove force in order to prosecute child sex traffickers


  • Faith-based organization
  • Comprehensive and uniquely designed long-term recovery program for sexually exploited young women
  • Long-term, safe housing in a compassionate environment
  • Learning center: high school education, college preparation, tutoring, life skills and employment readiness
  • Rehabilitation: psychotherapy, groups, and support to heal from the trauma of the sex trade
  • Case management : access to social, medical and support services



  • ACTION Network, San Diego Youth & Community Services

  • Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition

  • California Against Slavery

  • GenerateHope