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Los Angeles Law Enforcement First Responder Protocol for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children
What We’ve Learned: A Six Year Review

The Los Angeles County Law Enforcement First Responder Protocol for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (the Protocol) was first launched in 2014, with the goal of ensuring that when youth are identified as experiencing or at risk of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE), law enforcement, county agencies, and community-based advocates provide quick, coordinated, service-based responses rather than arresting children or other punitive responses. This report, “What We’ve Learned: A Six Year Review,” presents data from the first six years of implementation of the Protocol, from August 14, 2014 to August 14, 2020. Notably, the report highlights the large overlap with the child welfare system, with 95% of youth identified through the Protocol having a prior child welfare referral.

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