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

Alameda County H.E.A.T. Watch Tip Line:
Office of the District Attorney, Alameda County
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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Alameda County Girls Saturday Program is a 12-week educational and counseling program for girls involved in CSEC who have an opportunity to dismiss any related charges upon their successful completion of the course. Curriculum is designed to meet the specific needs of this population, and include such topics as an overview of the juvenile justice system, healthy relationships and decision making, understanding their the culture surrounding the “life”, and assistance in achieving their dreams. Agencies involved in the implementation of the Girls Saturday Program include:

  • Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
  • Alameda CountySuperior Court
  • Alameda County Probation Department
  • Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR)
  • JPG Consultants
  • The Child Abuse, Listening, Interviewing and Coordination Center(CALICO)

Additional partners providing counseling, mentorship, case management, life skills, employment training, and other services include (but are not limited to):

  • Alameda County Public Defender's Office
  • Alameda County Social Services Agency
  • Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
  • Highland Hospital
  • Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY)
  • West Coast Children’s Clinic (WCC)

Girls Court establishes a gender-specific approach to girls entering the juvenile justice system, and consists of CSEC’s and other minors who are in need of more wrap-around services and closer supervision. Girls Court began in May 2011 and takes place at the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center, where it is staffed by the same Public Defender, District Attorney, and two alternate Judges in order to provide consistency and sensitivity for the girls coming through. Girls Court also acts as a referral source for the Diversion Program, of which the same individuals involved in the court process, follow the minors through their education and life skills training course.