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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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Supporting Victims

The HEAT Watch puts victims first. This philosophy lies at the root of Alameda County District Attorney’s Office nationally recognized record of success of rescuing victims and holding their exploiters accountable. Our close partnership with and effective coordination of service providers ensure linkages to essential services for victim safety, stabilization and recovery. Our team takes a victim-centered approach, recognizing that these victims are particularly vulnerable and must be supported at every stage in the investigation and prosecution of these cases. Essential services are provided from point of first contact, and continue through the court process and beyond. HEAT Watch strives to address HEAT on a comprehensive and holistic basis by providing victims with resources they need to be self-sufficient and safe, by reaching out to those who can help identify, rescue, and protect them from abuse, and by holding those who exploit them accountable.

The District Attorney’s Office, through HEAT Watch, has created several innovative and effective programs, tailored to victims of child sex trafficking, as well as those at risk. One program that provides invaluable information and aftercare for exploited youth is SafetyNet, a weekly, multi-disciplinary case review of sexually exploited minors and at-risk youth following initial involvement with the Juvenile Justice System. This prevents victims from falling through the cracks that often exist. A second program is Girls Court, which is a dedicated judicial proceeding that follows victim centered protocols and offers alternatives to sexually exploited minors, involved in the Juvenile Justice System. Recognizing a gap in aftercare and youth development, the District Attorney’s Office created a third program, the Young Women’s Saturday Program (YWSP). YWSP is a 16-week Program that covers a wide range of issues. Participants in YWSP are young women who have been sexually exploited or are at-risk for exploitation. YWSP provides the youth with advocacy, case management, and life skills training to assist these young women to become self-reliant and self-assured, and move to a life that is free of exploitation and focused on a positive and healthy future.

SafetyNet

Convened and facilitated by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office (ACDAO), SafetyNet meetings are designed to provide an immediate response to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in Alameda County. The purpose of these multi-disciplinary team meetings is to ensure victim safety for youth at the moment of their identification and throughout their potential interface with any system.

Young Women’s Saturday Program

The Young Women’s Saturday Program (YWSP) was originally developed by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in 2011 as a component of diversion or probation for girls ages 15-18 who are CSEC (Commercially Sexually Exploited Children) or at-risk for such exploitation. The YWSP also works with youth referred from the community, including schools and through other participants.

Girls Court

The goal of Girls Court is to intervene at an early stage in the judicial process, identity those who are being trafficked or at-risk for being trafficked to ascertain their particular needs, and provide wrap around services. Girls Court was established in 2011 as a gender-responsive approach to addressing the unique challenges faced by girls in the juvenile justice system.