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IOM site visit to Boston College

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Donna Gavin and Lisa Goldblatt Grace

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the U.S. held a Boston site visit at the William F. Connell School of Nursing on Friday, March 23.

The site visit was a part of U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention request that the Institute Of Medicine and the National Research Council's Committee on Law and Justice study commercial sexual exploitation of children and sex trafficking of minors in the United States. The study will examine current approaches to addressing the problem at the local, state, and federal levels and investigate the causes and consequences of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors for both victims and offenders.

Once the study is complete, the committee will make recommendations that will inform future policy and practices within law enforcement, human services, and health care agencies.

The purpose of this Boston Site Visit was to:

  • Hear community perspectives and experiences on meeting the needs of children and youth affected by CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) and sex trafficking
  • Highlight innovative approaches and services in the community (including those that are tailored to the needs of high-risk populations)
  • Discuss barriers or challenges in providing services to CSEC and how those issues are addressed
  • Identify the critical features, relationships, and settings required to address CSEC and sex trafficking

On Tuesday, March 27, Sergeant Detective Donna Gavin will be back at Boston College as a part of the Forensic Nursing Speaker Series to give a talk titled ‘Hidden in plain view: Understanding child sex trafficking and exploitation.

Pictured: (l-r) Sergeant Detective Donna Gavin of the Boston Police Department Human Trafficking Unit; and Lisa Goldblatt Grace director of My Life, My Choice