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County of Santa Clara to Host Public Forum on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

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The Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and the Office of Women’s Policy are inviting the public to a forum focused on Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in Santa Clara County. 
Representatives from the District Attorney, Public Defender, Probation Department and San Jose Police Department
Representatives from local organizations Community Solutions and Bill Wilson Center
Monday, April 14, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
County of Santa Clara Government Center
70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA
Board of Supervisors Chambers
Free Public Parking is available at San Pedro and at the “C” lot, across from County building, at First and Hedding Streets.
In a recent report, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences indicate that every day in the United States, and in Santa Clara County, children and adolescents are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.  According to the Institute for Medicine, estimates range from 1,400 to 2.4 million victims nationwide, although there is no true estimate of these crimes in the United States. 
Because all but two of the victims identified in Santa Clara County have been girls, the Commission on the Status of Women seeks expert testimony to better understand and address this challenging issue, to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone, especially children.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Carla Collins, SCC Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5142/5152
Posted:  April 9, 2014