U.S.A.

GEMS


 
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GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services) was set up in 1998 with the aim of empowering girls and young women who have experiences sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking so that they can find a way out of the commercial sex industry. GEMS provides survivors with transitional housing, training, and trauma-informed services. Through their educational initiative, they help women engage or reengage in the educational process, obtain their high school diploma or GED and succeed in post-secondary education or vocational training. Every year, 400 girls and young women receive direct services from GEMS. About 1,500 girls are reached via preventive programs, and over 1,300 professionals (including social workers and police officers) receive training about commercial sexual exploitation and girls’ rights.


 
 
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