Commercially/Sexually Exploited Children (RECORDED)

Commercially/Sexually Exploited Children (RECORDED)

Journey of Transformation: Working with Commercially and Sexually Exploited Children

This program is a recording of the Live Seminar held on September 6, 2018. 
If you attended the live program; You cannot claim CLE for watching this recorded program.  


Every day in the U.S., including Hawaii, children and adolescents are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.  Currently, there is no true estimate of the number of victims in Hawaii, although reports of victims are on the rise.  Furthermore, identifying victims and survivors is a complex issue.  Any intervention, above all, should do no further harm to any child.  In 2015, Santa Clara County developed a county-wide response to commercially sexually exploited children.  In the first half the this forum, you will be introduced to the Santa Clara County model and hear about the scope of  commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children in the tri-county area, how they responded to the issue, their successful interventions as well as the challenges they encountered.  The integration of trauma, survival, resiliency, as well as harm reduction and trauma informed responses will be discussed.  Presenters will also discuss ways to identify and interview potential child victims of sexual exploitation.  

The second half of the forum will cover Hawaii's current response to commercially sexually exploited children.  Invited panelists include representatives from the Judiciary, Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii Prosecutors Office, U.S. Attorney's Office, and Trafficking Victim Assistance Program Hawaii.  Panelists will discuss their organization's involvement in identifying victims, sourcing needed services, education on the issue, and efforts to coordinate responses among agencies.  The forum will end with an opportunity for questions and answers.

Elisa Carias, 
Supervising Probation Officer with the Santa Clara County Probation Department
Elisa Carias, a Supervising Probation Officer with the Santa Clara County Probation Department, has been a leader in both her department and in the county's efforts on the issue of commercially and sexually exploited children (CSEC.) She is co-founder of the Santa Clara County CSEC workgroup, a multi-agency collaborative convened to address the multi-layered issues of CSEC within the county. During her 20 years with the Santa Clara County Probation Department, Elisa has channeled her passion to empower communities to participate in justice processes with enthusiasm.  

Elisa is highly regarded for her extensive knowledge and training in Restorative Justice Principles, Victim Rights and victim centered approaches. She is a trained mediator, family conference facilitator, and victim advocate. She has shared her expertise for 17 years by providing training in the area of victim rights and services, domestic violence, interviewing, and Peace Officer Core training. Elisa currently supervises the Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth and Victim Services unit. She received a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. She serves as aBoard Member of the California Association of Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC) and Silicon Valley Shop with a Cop. In 2015, she received the Crime Stoppers Outstanding Service Award for her work related to Human Trafficking.  

Erica Elliott, 
Program Manager for Sexual Assault, Prevention, and Sexually Exploited Minors at Community Solutions
Since 2012, Erica Elliott has served as the Program Manager for Sexual Assault, Prevention, and Sexually Exploited Minors at Community Solutions. She has extensive history working with survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner abuse and human trafficking. She has 18 years of experience working with child welfare and juvenile justice involved youth who have been impacted by trauma. In her 10 years of experience as a Senior Group Counselor for the Santa Clara County Probation Department, Erica integrated her knowledge of trauma informed practices in institutional settings. 

Erica is co-founder of the Santa Clara County CSEC Workgroup and has served as a leader in developing protocols, informing policies, and providing training's to professionals working with CSEC youth since 2011. Erica is frequently invited to present to professionals as well as community members about CSEC 101, best practices when providing services to CSEC youth, and engagement methods. Erica has a B.A. in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Jose State University. 

Robin Rivera,
 Founder & lead trainer of Light Warriors
Robin is a soul-centered leadership coach for women on a mission who are desiring to overcome past trauma & self-doubt. She is the founder & lead trainer of Light Warriors, a personal leadership training program designed from a survivor's perspective to prevent sex trafficking & exploitation of at-risk transitional age youth. She is a member & consultant for Runaway Girl, a team of survivor experts doing the ground work training law enforcement & service providers on CSEC awareness, protocol, & engagement. In addition, Robin speaks nationally on women's issues & the complexity of how to restore the mind, body, & spirit after facing incredible adversity. 

She is a certified life coach & registered yoga trainer which informs the way she conducts her trainings immensely. Whiling raising children, she received her B.A. degree in Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley, and is now a M.A. candidate in Consciousness & Transformative studies conducting research on feminine leadership traits. While at UC Berkeley, Robin was the recipient of the George Miller research scholarship where she was funded to conduct academic research on residential facilities regarding best practices for CSEC. For her leadership, advocacy, & scholarship, Robin has been the recipient of 37+ awards ranging from multiple State Senate recognitions to national organizations supporting radical feminine leadership such as the Chicana Latina Foundation, PG&E Bright Minds, & All-USA Academic Team partnered with Coca-Cola. She has served on multiple steering committees in California working to develop CSEC protocol. 

Lastly, Robin is currently a recipient of the Seeds of Hope award through the Lynch Foundation which allows her to extend her leadership & mentoring expertise to survivors of human trafficking who are working on professional projects & moving forward with their lives. It is her great honor to both combine her academic scholarship with her real life visceral experiences of transforming trauma into incredible freedom. Her mission is to spread the access to personal freedom to as many people as possible while courageously continuing her journey of self-actualization. 

Duration: approximately 3 hour

Credit: This seminar qualifies for 3 CLE Credit. 
Cost: $50

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