Training and Technical Assistance


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GEMS’ training team works with organizations to customize trainings that are relevant to the staff and the young people with whom they work. Participants of GEMS’ trainings receive skills and knowledge immediately applicable to their role as a CSEC and domestic trafficking responder.

GEMS’ OJJDP Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Community Intervention Project (CCIP) Train-the-Trainer curriculum provides a comprehensive overview of CSEC, including the following:

  • Understanding trauma bonds/Stockholm Syndrome
  • Identification of victims
  • Investigating CSEC
  • Best practices in programming and prevention
  • Counseling techniques for commercially sexually exploited (CSE) youth
  • Conducting assessment and intake with CSE victims
  • Criminal behaviors and market forces: supply, demand, motivation
  • Federal and local laws
  • Best practices in investigation and defense
  • Appropriate interviewing for victims and perpetrators
  • Models for court-based interventions

GEMS’ innovative Victim, Survivor, LeaderTM (VSLTM) curriculum moves organizations past the CCIP “CSEC 101” curriculum and into specialized service provision with a survivor empowerment/leadership focus, which is at the heart of all of GEMS programming. The VSLTM curriculum is based on two foundational principles that shape and guide all of GEMS’ work: survivor leadership and Transformational Relationships, which are vital for effective youth development, particularly victims of CSEC.  In this curriculum we examine:

  • The Six Core Values of GEMS Programming

Gender Responsive

Trauma Informed

Developmentally Grounded

Strengths Based

Social Justice Oriented

Culturally Competent

  • Developing Transformational Relationships
  • Victim, Survivor, Leader Model
  • Inter-agency Response
  • Survivor Leadership and Survivor-Informed Programming

Training Lengths: GEMS is committed to providing trainings that meet the host agency’s time limitations and needs. The sustainable and intensive Train-the-Trainer method prepares staff to facilitate trainings on their own and requires a three-day commitment from the requesting organization. Multiday trainings, which are between 2 and 3 days, examine CSEC and domestic trafficking closely as well. Finally, GEMS’ short trainings range between 3 and 8 hours, introduce the issues of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking, and are reserved for agencies within NYC.

Who are GEMS trainings for: Direct service providers, law enforcement, community health professionals, social workers, youth care staff, child welfare staff, prosecutors, legal aid/public defenders, family court officials, family law attorneys, school counseling and medical staff, 911 responders, and first responders



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Our Technical Assistance program provides working knowledge and troubleshooting opportunities directly from GEMS’ supervisory direct service staff, with specific time and resources allocated to agency-specific solutions. It is completely adaptable to the needs of your agency and/or team, and can be conducted both on-site and remotely, depending on your needs and location.

Issue-specific technical assistance has addressed the following topics:

  • Designing CSEC-specific housing programs
  • Designating shelter beds for CSE youth
  • The role of youth development and survivor leadership in programming
  • Designing a drop-in center for CSE youth
  • Running groups for CSE youth
  • Designing effective survivor-led advocacy campaigns
  • Staffing

GEMS’ Victim, Survivor, LeaderTM (VSLTM)  training curriculum is the centerpiece for service provision technical assistance, which we provide both on site and remotely via conference calls and webinars to address community-specific challenges and barriers associated with serving victims of CSEC.

GEMS provides on- and off-site community response technical assistance, on- and off-site service provision technical assistance, and site visits (see below for more information on site visits).

Who is GEMS’ technical assistance designed for? Social service agencies, child welfare agencies, detention for youth facilities, runaway/homeless youth organizations, youth transitional housing programs, rape and sexual assault providers (service and medical), schools, first responder units, domestic violence service providers, and organizations serving girls and young women.

Please note: Technical Assistance recipients must have completed GEMS CSEC 101 & 201 Trainings


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