GEMS provides a spectrum of continuous and comprehensive services to address the needs of commercially and sexually exploited girls and young women. Commercial sexual exploitation is intrinsically linked to racism, poverty, gender-based violence, and the criminalization of youth. All these factors are an integral part of any discussion, advocacy work, or direct service programming that involves sexual exploitation. All of GEMS survivor-led programs are based on our philosophy and values that each girl and young woman is deserving and needs support and services to treat the trauma and violence she has experienced. GEMS’ programming is developmentally grounded, culturally competent, gender responsive, social justice oriented, strengths based, and trauma informed, and founded on the formation of transformational relationships between GEMS’ members and staff. GEMS believes in a multifaceted, holistic approach to the issue of sexual exploitation.
GEMS services include the following programs:
Transitional Independent Living
Alternative to Incarceration
Family Court Advocacy
Make a Referral
To refer someone to a GEMS program, please fill out the referral form here.
Please note that a referral should only be made if the individual is aware of the referral and has reviewed the specific services that GEMS provides. You will be notified if the referral is accepted or not. Our Program Director will contact you regarding next steps and initial appointments.
For questions on GEMS programming, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.