Family Court Advocacy

GEMS’ Family Court program is a component of GEMS legal advocacy efforts to provide defender-based alternative sentencing services and support for girls under the age of 18 who are survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and are involved in family court within the boroughs of New York City on matters related to prostitution, correlating arrests, PINS petitions, and child protective concerns. GEMS legal advocacy staff are most often asked to intervene in the following family court proceedings: delinquency, person in need of supervision (PINS), and child protective cases that concern the Administration for Children’s Services.