YOUNG SURVIVORS OF SEX TRAFFICKING ORGANIZE IN NYC
On Saturday June 26, 2010, from 12 – 4:00 pm, Girls Educational Mentoring Service (GEMS) will host the 5th annual New York State End Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Day in Central Park (Merchant’s Gate Park 59th Street entrance). The event will honor survivors as well as educate the public on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. The 5th Annual NYS End CSEC Day is being organized by the GEMS Youth Outreach Team, survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking who serve as leaders in the movement and advocate for their peers at the local, national and international level including through the NY State Legislature, US Congress and the United Nations. The day will include featured speakers and fun activities such as games, contests, and Double Dutch to engage and educate attendees who support survivors and those who wish to learn more about the issue of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.
As the only organization in New York City and the largest in the nation specifically designed to provide services to domestically trafficked and sexually exploited girls and young women, GEMS launched New York State End CSEC Day in 2005 at the height of their advocacy for the passage of the Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act, landmark legislation that provides sexually exploited children under the age of 16 with comprehensive services in lieu of prosecution and incarceration. End CSEC Day is both a celebration of survivor voices and survivor leadership and a call to awareness and action to end the trafficking and exploitation of children and youth in NY state. “Through community outreach and organizing events such as End CSEC Day, survivors are utilizing their voices and power to make <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />New York State a better place for their peers,” says Rachel Lloyd, the Founder and Executive Director of GEMS.
“Commercial sexual exploitation has been an area that many people find challenging to deal with. End CSEC Day provides an opportunity for the public to engage and have fun as well as become educated about commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. It also creates a positive environment for girls to interact with the people who support them,” says Sheila, a GEMS Outreach member and event organizer.
For more information on attending the 5th annual New York State End Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Day, contact Muhammida El Muhajir 718.496.2305.
For more information about GEMS, visit www.gems-girls.org.
The 5th Annual New YorkState End Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Day Saturday, June 26, 2010, 12 – 4:00pm
Central Park (Merchant’s Gate Park 59th Street entrance)