HRC Evaluates Bay Area Efforts to Support Youth at Risk of Exploitation and Trafficking

August 15, 2021

Family and Me logoThe Human Rights Center's Health and Human Rights Program has just completed the first evaluation of the Family and Me (FAM) Program's efforts to develop a new model of home-based foster care for youth who are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation. Co-authored by Health and Human Rights Program Director Julie Freccero and Researcher Joanna Ortega, the report provides concrete recommendations to improve youth outreach and engagement, foster caregiver training and recruitment, and partner coordination, many of which have already been incorporated into the program model and are being implemented by partner organizations. Partners include the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Freedom Forward, Family Builders, Huckleberry Youth Programs, and WestCoast Children’s Clinic. Over the next year, HRC Health and Human Rights Center staff will continue to work hand-in-hand with these community-based partners to improve and further develop a model of foster care for youth impacted by commercial sexual exploitation that can be replicated statewide.

Read our first evaluation of the FAM pilot program here.