LATO Teen Prevention Project
The LATO Teen Prevention Project was created in 2015 to raise awareness about Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), in the Greater Philadelphia area. This prevention project has been designed for use within schools, as well as community groups and governmental agencies whose work with children might include alerting teens to the red flags associated with being lured into CSEC. LATO is committed to helping teens decrease their vulnerability.
Children 12-17 are among the most vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation and there are roughly 286,886 students between the ages of 12-17 who attend 287 middle and high schools in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The prevention presentation includes the screening of “In Our Backyard: Keeping Our Children Safe From Human Trafficking” and a discussion guided by one of our trained facilitators. A trauma based professional training will be offered to the school’s or other agency’s personnel. This training will enhance effectiveness in identifying teenage victims of human trafficking, and will address the needs of teens dealing with the traumatizing effects of sexual exploitation. It also supplements continuing education for mandatory reporting.
If you are working with middle school or high school students, are a community based organization providing after-school programs to adolescents, or are a youth-focused organization that can benefit from this presentation, please contact us.