GEMS empowers girls and young women, ages 12-24 to exit the commercial sex industry to develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.
A vote for GEMS will help support victims of commercial sexual exploitation by paying for things like counseling, clean clothes, and legal help.
Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation. GEMS provides a variety of programs that help its members get back on their feet. GEMS’ survivor-led programs build self-esteem and confidence, focus on prevention, and provide direct intervention in crisis situations.
A bulk of GEMS efforts are focused on helping their members negotiate day-to day independence like providing group therapy, housing options, and enrolling members in their educational initiatives. Additionally, GEMS provides legal advocacy and support for women who have been sexually exploited and arrested for prostitution-related crimes.
Equality Now works with grassroots organizations around the world to curb the commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls. By working with legal systems, Equality Now hopes to change how sexual exploitation is criminalized. Their ultimate goal is to pull the blame off of the victims and push it onto the traffickers.
Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation. GEMS offers a variety of programming that helps their members restore self-esteem and confidence.
Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTN) works to stop demand for child sex trafficking through awareness, advocacy and action. Their work helps find traffickers and the people that exploit children for sex, to expose the identities of these criminals to law enforcement for prosecution.