H.E.A.T.Watch – Stop Human Exploitation and Trafficking

Alameda County H.E.A.T. Watch Tip Line: 1-510-208-4959.
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Community Education, Engagement, and Collaboration

H.E.A.T. Watch challenges businesses and communities to open their eyes and ears, WATCH, and take ACTION to keep children safe from exploitation.

Critical building blocks to combat CSEC include:

  • Raising community awareness about the CSEC epidemic.
  • Dispelling myths and misconceptions that perpetuate this form of child abuse.
  • Teaching individuals to recognize and report exploitation.

Community members become essential and invaluable partners when they are informed that CSEC is child abuse and are taught to recognize and report it. Law enforcement can only be in so many places at one time, and the CSEC problem is too big for anyone agency to tackle alone.

“We are educating and engaging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open and tell us what they see on the street every day – in essence they are our Neighborhood Watch for human trafficking,” says Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley. “Sadly, many victims of human trafficking are children. It’s important to recognize that these children are all of our children, and they can be rescued when someone pays attention, and takes action.”

To report suspected child commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking:

Requests for anonymity will be honored. “Give us the details and we will do the rest,” says DA O’Malley.

For more information, check out our H.E.A.T Watch Toolkit or read our brochure.