Community Against Sexual Harm
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Organization Details

Programs

Description
In collaboration with City of Refuge, I-CAN, and Chicks in Crisis, our Healthy Women and Families program provides intense wrap around services for pregnant women who have been commercially sexually exploited. Services include obtaining a medical home, assistance with all appointments, linkages to partner agencies, preparation for the arrival of baby, and intense support of mom so she can become the mother she wants to be.
Budget
$45,000
Program Successes
This year we have helped 21 moms bring full-term, healthy babies home!
Description
In collaboration with Opening Doors, Inc., we provide holistic care to victims of human trafficking. Services include housing, drug treatment, case management, individual therapy, educational groups, and individualized support for up to 24 months.
Budget
$125,000
Program Successes
This program has been in operation since May 2016 and responds to the need for a flexible, individually focused approach to trafficking in Sacramento.
- Last year we have placed 28 women in emergency or transitional housing
- Helped 1 women return home to a safe environment out of California
- Assisted 9 women with permanent housing and aftercare
- Addressed outstanding health and wellness issues for 34 women
Description
CASH uses a peer-mentoring model to help victims of commercial sexual exploitation create a path toward a stable life. Peer mentoring is a process that allows a more experienced individual to encourage and assist a less experienced individual to develop their potential. CASH chose this model because it allows us to connect with victims of commercial sexual exploitation that have been stigmatized and often treated with contempt. Our peer-mentors have had similar experiences and are able to demonstrate a deep level of understanding.

Further, by helping another, our peer-mentors are strengthened as they continue their progress toward healthy and stable lives. During individual peer-mentoring sessions, specific harm reduction activities are developed and linkages to community resources are made. This is dedicated time that helps victims of commercial sexual exploitation plan for their future. For many, this is the first time they have been able to develop a plan that includes addressing aspects of their lives that have been kept in secret.
Budget
$35,000
Program Successes
Peer Mentoring is successful if participants achieve meaningful goals that improve their health, wellness, and stability. An example of the success is Dina. She came to CASH to participate in our diversion program. After graduating that program, she decided to continue to with a mentor so she could achieve her goals. Today, she is working full-time, meeting with a therapist to address past trauma, and reunifying with her daughter. Mentoring works!
Description
Our Outreach program takes us directly to women that need us the most - women currently on the streets or online unaware of help that is available to them. Our programming has been developed to reach a very vulnerable, hidden population. Our peer-mentors hand out small bags of hygiene products, CASH contact information, and health and community resources in person and link to helpful resources online. We devote time to outreach because we know that between 80 and 90 percent of women currently on the streets want a different life, they just can't see the path.
Budget
$20,000
Program Successes
In 2018, we made more than 250 contacts with women on the streets and 750 women online. We work with neighborhood groups, the business community, and social service agencies to meet women that are most in need of our programs and services.
Description
CASH conducts training and workshops about sexual exploitation and the harm it inflicts on individuals and the community to colleges, law enforcement, churches, community organizations, and business associations. We explain that prostitution is rarely an actual choice. Instead, it is an institution that perpetuates the victimization of marginalized women. We also do workshops at treatment facilities, homeless shelters, and transitional housing programs since substance abuse is intertwined with sexual exploitation. CASH peer-mentors address how sexual exploitation impacts the lives of women and how community resources and CASH services can help meet health, housing, and other basic needs. Unfortunately, without assistance regarding sexual exploitation, many extremely low income or homeless women that exit a substance abuse program will return to a life on the streets.
Budget
$20,000
Program Successes
We have provided community training to a wide variety of organizations, including faith-based institutions, service clubs, colleges, and professional groups. We have expanded the awareness of how commercial sexual exploitation impacts individuals and entire communities. We expect that greater awareness will help inform how we address all of the problems associated with commercial sexual exploitation.
Description
CASH operates a Center for Women for all women currently or previously involved in the sex industry. Our Center is a safe, judgment free space where women can come no matter their status with sex-work or drugs and alcohol. We offer food, hygiene supplies, clothes, and individual attention. Our peer mentors meet women wherever they are and work hard to create a foundation of safety and acceptance. This leads to the development of a trusting relationship cable of examining issues related to sexual exploitation, homelessness, poverty, violence, substance abuse, and lack of healthcare. Take a quick tour of our Center through the YouTube video link.
Budget
$50,000
Program Successes
Our Center for Women is open five days per week to provide easily accessible, free peer mentoring and case management to victims of sexual exploitation. About half of the women that come into our Center take advantage of individual peer-mentoring services to help them achieve their goals.
Description
RESET is offered by CASH in collaboration with the District Attorney's Office, the Office of the Public Defender, and Judge Rockwell as an alternative to incarceration. RESET provides education and access to desperately needed services for women involved in the criminal justice system. This model program is making measurable changes in the lives of commercially sexually exploited women in Sacramento.
Budget
$65,000
Program Successes
- In 2018, we graduated 65 women.
- 70% of those enrolled either graduated or are progressing toward graduation.
- 100% of graduates completed safety plans and demonstrated an increase in self-confidence.
- RESET had only a 5% recidivism rate last year.
- An example of success is Lena. After completing the course and working closely with her peer mentor on employment readiness skills, Lena obtained her very first job. She brought her first paycheck to court to show the judge!