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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 time is right for Californians to come together and review, rethink, reframe, and redesign how California responds to human trafficking. There is a critical need to align systems and programs and create critical infrastructure to provide and fund a comprehensive system of prevention and intervention.

The H.E.A.T. Institute is an innovative research-based think-tank, bringing together leaders from multiple state and local systems to create a unified and comprehensive system of support to respond to and prevent human exploitation and trafficking. In 2015, the Institute will focus specifically on CSEC.

unifying child welfare, education, criminal justice, health & non-profits

The Institute established a Blue Ribbon Commission chaired by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, which consisted of leaders from child welfare, education, criminal justice, health, and the nonprofit sector. The commission will convene six regional information summits throughout the state to learn how communities understand and are responding to CSEC. They will focus on reviewing best practices and new research; assessing strengths, gaps, and needs; and developing visionary and strategic policies and protocols for a more effective trauma-informed response to human trafficking. Commission members will consult survivors of CSEC and content experts throughout the process.

Learn more: H.E.A.T. Institute Proposal (PDF)

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