Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) works with girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking in New York. GEMS provides survivors with home, board, and structure resulting in hundreds of young women and girls aged 12–24 exiting the cycle of sexual slavery and embracing futures full of opportunities. GEMS is the only organization in New York State that specifically targets the underserved population of Americans who are victims of sex trafficking and exploitation.
GEMS empowers survivors who have been subjected to the physical and psychological abuse of the growing crime of sex trafficking. The organization works with government on legislation, and is instrumental in the growth of anti-trafficking laws in New York State. GEMS also provides training to police, teachers, hospital workers and others on how to recognize a victim of human trafficking.
GEMS produces incredible material that raises awareness, such as the feature length film "Very Young Girls" and the book "Girls Like Us" written by GEMS's founder, Rachel Lloyd.