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The Hidden Crisis: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Girls
Date:10/21/2008

, PhD, YWCA USA's CEO. "We need to raise national public awareness about this hidden crisis. We also need more preventive services that can shield girls from all forms of sexual abuse, including commercial exploitation."

Other speakers included: Lois Lee, founder and president of Children of the Night in Los Angeles (http://www.childrenofthenight.org); Rachel Lloyd, founder and executive director of Girls Education and Mentoring Services (GEMS) in New York City (http://www.gems-girls.org); and Shaquana Blount, a survivor and outreach worker for Girls Education and Mentoring Services.

The briefing was held in cooperation with U.S. Reps. Loretta Sanchez and Ginny Brown-Waite, co-chairs, Violence Against Women Task Force, Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, and Reps. Thelma Drake, Carolyn Maloney, and Deborah Pryce, co-chairs, Congressional Caucus on Human Trafficking.

For more information, read the YWCA's 2008 Trafficking in Women Fact Sheet at http://tinyurl.com/5lqbsz and Commercial Exploitation of Children, published by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2007, at http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/215733.pdf?tr=y&auid=4129408.

YWCA USA is a national not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to social service, advocacy, education, leadership development, and racial justice. Its mission is the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism. Established in the United States in 1858, the YWCA is the oldest and largest national women's organization, and celebrating its 150th anniversary. Through its nearly 300 affiliated local YWCAs and its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the YWCA serves 2.5 million women and girls each year. Globally, the YWCA USA is a member of World
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