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

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1(888) 373-7888
Alameda County H.E.A.T. Watch Tip Line: 1(510) 208-4959
Office of the District Attorney, Alameda County
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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The HEAT Institute

Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion, as well as false expressions of love, caring and attention to compel victims to engage in commercial acts of sex, or enslave people for labor services by use of force, or debt bondage, against their will.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) involves the sexual exploitation of minors for economic profit. It includes trafficking for sexual purposes, forced prostitution, sex tourism, mail-order bride trade and early marriage, pornography and stripping, and performing in sexual venues.

HEAT Institute Theory of Change believes a robustly sustained comprehensive safety net produced from courageous and smart policy can prevent California’s vulnerable youth from becoming victims, and can assist CSEC who were minors and are now young adults, to heal and recover.

What is the H.E.A.T. Institute?

The Human Exploitation And Trafficking (H.E.A.T.) Institute identifies innovative approaches and educates multiple systems how to better prevent and respond to different forms of human trafficking. The H.E.A.T. Institute works collaboratively across multiple disciplines to strengthen on-the-ground efforts in California, particularly in Alameda County. The H.E.A.T. Institute makes available highly skilled staff and taps into the expertise of its Blue Ribbon Commissioners. These Commissioners are leaders, fighting against human trafficking and working to improve outcomes of victims of this heinous crime. As such, many Blue Ribbon Commissioners are responsible for several breakthroughs in California legislation and practices. . The H.E.A.T. Institute abides by the principle of engaging survivors to use their lived experiences to improve systems-changing work, and the H.E.A.T. Institute partners with such nationally renowned groups as Futures Without Violence, Shared Hope International and HEAL Trafficking.

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County. The work of H.E.A.T. Institute was seeded with funding from the James Irvine Foundation’s Leadership Award granted to District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in 2014 for her pioneering work in combating human trafficking nationally, statewide and locally.

From October 2015 through April 2016, the H.E.A.T. Institute convened seven regional summits and received testimony from hundreds of practitioners, survivors, policy makers and advocates to better understand the current state of California’s infrastructure used to prevent and combat human trafficking. Approximately 1200 people attended.

At the time of the summits, Shared Hope International had assigned California a near failing grade in its 2014 Protected Innocence Challenge report card. By the end of the Summits, in 2017, California had improved its grade to a "C." Some of the robust discussions and ideas presented at the summits led to the approval of new legislation to better protect the rights of minor-age victims. The topics covered in each summit were unique and rarely duplicated to help underscore and elevate the complexity of human trafficking, and the multiple systems needed to stop this crime and heal the layers of trauma which affects its victims.

As an epilogue to the regional summits, the H.E.A.T. Institute has produced comprehensive trauma-informed protocols for law enforcement agencies and emergency departments of local hospitals in Alameda County. Additionally, tools and resources to enable additional health care providers including mental health practitioners and others who interface with child victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation have also been aided by investments from the H.E.A.T. Institute. Please go to the resources section to access these tools.

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To learn more please contact the H.E.A.T. Institute Coordinator at 510-891-8901.