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Frequently Asked Questions

GEMS FAQ

1. I want to help raise awareness about this issue. What can I do?

Join the Girls Are Not for Sale  page on Facebook to learn more about different ways you can help raise awareness in your area.

2. How do I make a referral?

If you are a family member, survivor, victim, or are concerned for a girl or young women in your life and live in New York State, please fill out the Victim Referral Form on our website.

3. How can I get involved with GEMS?

Visit our Get Involved page for more information on how to make a difference in your area. At this time, due to capacity issues, we are not accepting volunteer applications.

4. Does GEMS have any locations in my area? If not, is there an agency in my area doing work similar to what GEMS does?

GEMS’ offices are located in New York City, and the agency serves girls and young women in New York State. There are agencies around the country that provide services to victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Please see a full list of these organizations here.

5. I’m trying to make a donation to your organization, but I can’t find your address on the website. What do I do?

To keep the lives of our girls and young women safe, we cannot display the GEMS’ address online, including on our website. If you do not feel comfortable making an online donation, please contact Bindu Balan, Development Director, at 212.926.8089 x 59 or bindu@gems-girls.org for more information.

6. How can I start a program like GEMS in my area?

Please refer to our list of service providers here to find out if there are any agencies already doing similar work in your community. We encourage you to reach out to these agencies and see if they are willing to accept donations of services, goods, or financial support.

7. How do I request training from GEMS?

Please check out the GEMS  Training Overview to determine the right training for you and your workplace. Then, fill out the Training Request Form.

8. Can I interview a survivor?

Due to the nature of our work, we cannot compromise the identities of the girls and young women we serve. If you would like to speak to a staff member, please contact Jessica Trudeau, Program Director, at 212.926.8089  or jessica@gems-girls.org

9. Can I visit the agency?

As stated above, our anonymity is extremely important to ensuring the safety of our members and site visits are limited to group facilitators who are established GEMS partners.

10. I would like to donate a portion of my company’s profits to GEMS. How do I set that up?

For more information on how you can develop a partnership with GEMS, please contact Bindu Balan, Development Director, at 212.926.8089 x 59 or bindu@gems-girls.org.

11. What is the difference between the Home, Nonprofit/High School, and University/Corporation DVD rates?

If you are an individual hosting a screening at home, or sharing it with friends and family, you qualify for the Home Rate. If your nonprofit organization or high school is interested in utilizing the film for educational or training purposes, you qualify for the Nonprofit/High School rate.  And if your company or university would like to use Very Young Girls for training or as a part of your course’s curriculum, then you qualify for the University/Corporation rate.

12. I want screen of the documentary Very Young Girls. How do I get a copy? Do I need to pay a fee or get permission to screen the film?

You can purchase a copy of Very Young Girls at the GEMS shop (please see above for the version of the film you qualify for). By purchasing the DVD from GEMS, you do not have to pay a fee or ask permission to screen it. If your school/organization requires written permission from GEMS, we can provide that for you—please contact Bindu Balan, Development Director, at 212.926.8089 x 59 or bindu@gems-girls.org.

13. How do I request a speaker? Can someone from GEMS travel to my event?

If you are interested in having a GEMS representative attend your event and live in the New York City/Metropolitan area, please fill out the GEMS Speaker Request Form, and a member of the staff will contact you to discuss staff availability.  Please allow two weeks for your request to be processed.  If you are a service provider, please visit our Training & Workshops page to see a list of various types of trainings that we offer.

14. What is CSEC and domestic trafficking?

The commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and domestic trafficking is defined as:

  • The sexual abuse and remuneration in money, goods, or services, or the promise of money, goods, or services to the child or a third person or persons.
  • An element of organization and/or intent and/or the context of the commercial sex industry.
  • A child who is treated as a commercial and sexual object.
  • A form of violence against children.
  • Trafficking within the United States.

15. I’m doing a research project on CSEC and domestic trafficking/human trafficking/etc. Can GEMS help me with this project?

The Research & Resources section is designed to aid you in your research and provide answers to most of the frequently asked questions we receive related to projects and papers on commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.