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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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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. This includes but is not limited to youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system, social services, other government agencies, law enforcement, and/or community based agencies as either being at risk for or a victim of human trafficking. The participating agencies are the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office, Alameda County Probation Department, Bay Area Legal Aid, Bay Area Women Against Rape, Behavioral Health Care Services, East Bay Children’s Law Offices, MISSSEY, Oakland Unified School District, Project Permanence, Social Services Agency of Alameda County and West Coast Children’s Clinic.

The goal for these strategic case reviews is to:

  1. Develop immediate and ongoing safety plans for identified youth
  2. Determine the current safety status of the identified youth
  3. Review extent of youth’s previous or current human trafficking victimization
  4. Ensure immediate and ongoing stabilization of youth
  5. Confirm whether youth was previously referred to CSEC specific services
  6. Refer to immediate crisis counseling and/or other necessary services

Expected outcomes from this endeavor include:

  1. Enhanced safety and well-being of all CSEC victims identified in Alameda County
  2. Coordination of an effective multi-system response and services for CSEC victims on a local and multi-jurisdictional level
  3. Identification of best practices for law enforcement and other child serving professionals responding to CSEC
  4. Evaluation of efforts to contribute to the youth’s short and long-term safety and success

SafetyNet Research and Statistics

In addition to serving as an interagency meeting to share information about at-risk and victims of child sex trafficking, SafetyNet also maintains data on the youth discussed at the meetings. Two recent studies conducted by the DA's Office used interviews with participating agencies to better understand the efficacy of the program.

SafetyNet's two research papers, Examining SafetyNet and SafetyNet’s Sustained Impact on Improving the Lives of Minors, are available in PDF format.

Additional statistics on SafetyNet are in the Initiatives section.