Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority issues National Survey of Residential Programs for Victims of Sex Trafficking
As the former Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, I continue to provide links to the excellent research conducted by the staff of that hard-working state agency. Recently, the authority published a report on a National Survey of Residential Programs for the Victims of Sex Trafficking. Sex trafficking is an important national issue where victims, at times, become offenders in the criminal justice system. This blog has previously addressed the issue at /2/post/2013/02/illinois-criminal-justice-information-authority-report-on-a-residential-program-for-sex-trafficking-victims.html and /2/post/2011/06/post-title-click-and-type-to-edit.html.
The latest ICJIA report found that nationally, 33 residential programs operate exclusively to address sex trafficking victims. Two of those facilities operate in Illinois. The vast majority of the programs provide services mainly to female, minor victims of sex trafficking.
Almost a third of the residential programs are located in California and 28 states have no residential programs nor plans to open such facilities.
In order to address a national problem, it is important to have the knowledge of the extent of current services as well as their location. Once again, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is ahead of this important issue. The staff should be commended on its excellent work.
The full report may be found at https://icjia.state.il.us/public/pdf/ResearchReports/NSRHVST_101813.pdf
Lori G. Levin
Attorney at Law
180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601