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National Sexual Assault Conference 2012


on 5 September 2013

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Transcript of GPCASTE

Who to call:
Service providers & and law enforcement you have an existing relationship with

First meeting agenda:
Coordinate a mini training
What you & others are seeing
What victim’s services exist
Gaps in services/ what is needed
Next steps (role of the group)
Who else to invite?
Model for Your City

Service Provision
To identify and fill gaps in services (case reviews)

Law Enforcement
To target traffickers through a multi-jurisdictional task force model (operations & case reviews)
Work Groups
The Greater Portland Coalition Against Sex Trafficking and Exploitation is a multi-disciplinary team committed to ending sex trafficking and commercial sex exploitation in southern Maine by changing the public perception of the problem, building an effective on-the-ground response system, strengthening enforcement and prosecution of traffickers and exploiters, and ensuring quality services for survivors.
Catholic Charities
City of Portland Refugee Services
City of Portland Public Health—Needle Exchange
Cumberland County District Attorney's Office
Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic
Day One Street Program
DHHS- Child Protective
Family Crisis Services
Frannie Peabody Center
Homeless Voices for Justice
Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Maine Medical Center
Muskie School of Public Service
Pine Tree Legal Assistance
Preble Street
The Salvation Army
Sexual Assault Response Services of So. Maine
US Attorney's Office
Youth Alternatives Ingraham
The Greater Portland
Coalition Against
Sex Trafficking & Exploitation
First Meeting
Response to Domestic
Sex Trafficking
in a Small City
Trafficking in Southern Maine
State of Maine
Population 1.3 million

The Most Rural State in 2010

3 urbanized cities

(U.S. Census 2010)
City of Portland
City population 66,000
(U.S. Census 2010)

Greater Portland population 230,000
-almost 1/4 of Maine's residents

Visited by 3.6 million tourists annually
(City of Portland)
For Victim Services, in the first year of tracking numbers (2011):
Who we invited

Our agenda

The coalition was born
Our Mission
Challenges you might face
What Makes It Work
Outcomes (so far)
Awareness raised
Over 450 service providers, law enforcement and community members trained
Training received
Victims are being identified
More comprehensive victim services through shared clients
District II chiefs policy
Prevention education groups for at-risk populations
Poster/palm card campaign
Tim Ferris
Portland Police Department
Michelle Lauture
Community Policing Coordinator
Portland Police Department
LeaAnne Sutton
Assistant Attorney General
Cumberland Country District Attorney's Office
Millan AbiNader
Incarcerated Women's Advocate
Family Crisis Services
In 2012, the local homeless services interviewed

and girls
Sexual Assault worked with
female clients

Domestic Violence worked with
female clients

report being recruited by others to have sex with strangers in exchange for money.

report having been offered drugs in exchange for having sex with strangers.

More than 25%
report trading sex for money, drugs/alcohol or a place to stay.
We have 2-3 homicides in Portland each year.
In the last 2 years,
3 homicides
have been trafficking related.
Bridgton PD
Brunswick PD
Cape Elizabeth PD
Cumberland Country Sheriff's Office
Cumberland PD
Gorham PD
Falmouth PD
Federal Bureau of Investigations
Freeport PD
Homeland Security Investigations
Maine State Police
Portland PD
Scarborough PD
South Portland PD
Westbrook PD
Yarmouth PD
*MOU Signee
Education & Awareness
To provide educational outreach to at-risk groups, provide trainings for community groups and providers, and create and market media campaigns to raise awareness
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