Training and Technical Assistance
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
Social Justice Oriented
- Developing Transformational Relationships
- Victim, Survivor, Leader Model
- Intra-agency Response
- 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
Technical assistance activities are highly customized to meet the needs of the organization. It is structured to build the capacity of organizations and institutions providing specialized services to commercially sexually exploited girls and young women.
Technical assistance is a cost effective way to facilitate the creation of innovative solutions to your organizations needs and those they serve. It may be added to other services or provided as a stand alone service.
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
- Running groups for CSE youth
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.