Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
Since 1975

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

November 13 Program Agenda

"Understanding Human Trafficking"

Lita Mercado, Program Director for Community Service Programs, Inc.


Thursday, November 13, 2014


8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Networking & Introductions
8:25 - 9:30 a.m. - Program


Alpert Jewish Community Center, Senior Room
3801 E. Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815

EALB will provide 1 CEU to MFTs/LCSWs in attendance (free to EALB members, $10 for non-members).
Approval No. PCE 4131

Contact info:, 949-250-4058 -

Lita MercadoLita Mercado, Program Director for Community Service Programs, Inc. (CSP) is responsible for the oversight of the Human Trafficking Program, the Family Violence Victim Services Unit, and the Victim Assistance Program's administration and grants management. She has a master’s degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminology and has over thirteen years of experience in the anti-violence movement. Ms. Mercado has had the privilege to sit on the Advisory Counsel for Peace Over Violence, the Board of Directors for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), and the Chair of the CALCASA Women of Color Caucus-South. Ms. Mercado had a lead role in the grant writing team responsible for securing funding for the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force's, Enhanced Collaborative Model.

This is an overview on the dynamics of human trafficking including legal definitions, case examples, victimology, and best-practice response models. Participants will gain insight into the strategies used by perpetrators to force, coerce, and manipulate vulnerable women, men, and children for the purposes of profiting from their involuntary labor and/or sexual exploitation and assault.
The presentation will represent the experience and expertise of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) which has provided supportive services to 266 victims of human trafficking between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. The mission of the OCHTTF is to address labor trafficking, sex trafficking, and related crimes as a body of agencies modeling a collaborative effort. The task force is designed around a victim-centered approach to address protection, prosecution, prevention, and comprehensive victim services through partnership building with stakeholders. The multidisciplinary collaboration between law enforcement, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, and the community aims to leverage different agency functions and expertise.
The OCHTTF is led by the Anaheim Police Department, Community Service Programs (CSP), the Huntington Beach Police Department, and The Salvation Army.

Click for the OCHTTF "Human Trafficking Victim Report: 2014" This report includes victim data, the influence of law enforcement, and outlines a victim service evaluation to show the extent of success the clients are experiencing within the program.

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