The San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (C.A.S.E.) is a partnership of public and private entities who have joined together to develop resources in the county to educate, prevent, intervene and treat victims of sexual exploitation. The CASE goal is to coordinate services tailored to the characteristics and circumstances of these children, train law enforcement on investigation and detection, educate the public and create awareness to protect children from abuse and exploitation.
Since that initial meeting in March 2009, much has been accomplished. The Department of Behavioral Health obtained state funding under the Mental Health Act and CASE now has four paid full time staff providing direct services to these children. There is a funded coordinator, social worker, probation officer and behavioral health clinician all working with sexually exploited minors in the dependency and delinquency courts. CASE team leaders from the Sheriff’s Department
, District Attorney
, Public Defender
, Children’s Network
, Children & Family Services
, Behavioral Health
, Probation Department
and County Schools
meet monthly to determine how best to utilize existing resources to maximize the provision of services across the county.
Since the inception of CASE in 2009, approximately 4,000 law enforcement and community members have been trained about the plight of trafficking in San Bernardino County. CASE team members have also provided services and resources to approximately 75 young people who were victims of sexual exploitation.
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