A California Multidisciplinary Juvenile Court: Serving Sexually Exploited and At-Risk Youth: Specialized Court for Sexually Exploited Youth

Liles, B. D. ,
Blacker, D. M. ,
Landini, J. L. ,
Urquiza, A. J.
Year Published: 2016
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Behavioral Sciences and the Law
Volume: 34

Issue: 1
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Special Issue: Understanding and evaluating the testimony of child victims and witnesses in the legal system

The commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) affects thousands of youth in the United States each year. In California alone, 1,200 youth were identified as victims of sexual exploitation from 2010 to 2012. Traditionally, the approach to addressing CSEC has been to arrest youth for prostitution and/or ignore its existence. Sexually exploited youth often become involved in the juvenile justice system and present with unique challenges and needs. In the last 20 years, there has been a national movement to implement more victim-centered approaches to CSEC. In this article, the authors review recent public policy and community responses related to the needs of CSEC youth involved in the juvenile justice system. They use a case example from Sacramento, CA, to illustrate the key components, innovations, multidisciplinary collaborations, and challenges of creating a specialized court. Modified Author Abstract.

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