Citrus Helping Adolescents Negatively Impacted by Commercial Exploitation (CHANCE) Pilot Study: Progress Report
Armstrong, Mary Johnson, Melissa Anderson, Rene Landers, Monica Dollard, Norin
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute.
The problem of human trafficking, including the trafficking of children, has received extensive public attention in recent years. In the United States, there is a growing awareness that considerable numbers of children who are trafficked come from the child welfare system. Thus, child welfare systems are recognizing an emerging demand to develop programs that can respond to the unique needs of this population. Due to its strongly tourist-based culture and economy, Florida is a magnet for sex trafficking, and Miami has been identified by the FBI as one of the nation’s thirteen High Intensity child prostitution areas. Citrus Helping Adolescents Negatively Impacted by Commercial Exploitation (CHANCE) is a pilot treatment program being implemented in Miami-Dade County, Florida to address the unique mental and behavioral health needs of youth who have been engaged in commercial sexual exploitation. The University of South Florida (USF) has been contracted to conduct an evaluation of the CHANCE pilot program that examines program fidelity and youth outcomes. This progress report presents preliminary findings on youth currently enrolled in the CHANCE program.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING; SEXUAL EXPLOITATION; CHILDREN