The San Francisco Mayor's Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking Releases
Third Annual Human Trafficking in San Francisco Report
Huckleberry’s Director of Programs & Community Development, Mollie Brown, (second from left) at City Hall for the release of the SF Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking Report.
The Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking recently released its   Third Annual Human Trafficking in San Francisco Report , compiling information and data from 18 agencies from calendar year 2016.

Huckleberry’s Director of Programs & Community Development, Mollie Brown, spoke at the April 5th release event at City Hall, detailing Huckleberry's work with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) through the Huckleberry Advocacy & Response Team (HA&RT) .

 Formed in 2016, HA&RT in collaboration with Child Protective Services (CPS), SFPD, the District Attorney, and the Probation Department, provides immediate, trauma-informed, 24-hour crisis intervention and stabilization services to commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). HA&RT case managers link trafficked youth to emergency shelter, individual, group and family counseling, primary and reproductive health care, safety planning, vocational and educational services and ongoing support to facilitate a transition to a stable living situation.  

Highlights of the Anti-Human Trafficking Report Include :
• 114 cases of youth categorized as “at risk”, “suspected”, or “known” for commercial, sexual exploitation in SF and 65 youth were known to be commercially, sexually exploited.
• 88% of CSEC youth are cisgender girls and women, 2.5% are transgender girls and women, 1.5% are cisgender boys and men, and 8% are transgender boys and men.
• Minors make up 24% of identified trafficking survivors and individuals under age 25 make up 74% of survivors.
More highlights of the report are on Huckleberry's website and the full report may be found here
Huckleberry's PROJECT READY receives multi-year grant from the
CA Board of State and Community Corrections
(pictured: Huckleberry Staff)

The CA Board of State and Community Corrections Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program has awarded substantial funding totaling $446,000 to Huckleberry's Project READY !

Project READY (Reconnecting, Educating, and Achieving Dreams for Youth) ensures that 8th graders with behavioral or truancy issues successfully transition to high school. A key component of the new, two-year grant will be program evaluation - measuring student success in school and social emotional learning.

Recognizing the impact that early intervention and prevention programming can have on a youth’s life, Huckleberry's Project READY, has partnered with Willie L. Brown, Jr. and MLK Middle Schools in San Francisco to identify youth who could benefit from intervention services to improve their academic outcomes and social emotional learning.  

The principle behind Project READY is that academic support and social emotional learning/ development delivered through intensive one-on-one case management and groups, combined with parent support and education, can improve outcomes for youth exhibiting risk factors . The program works with youth from the summer before 8th grade through the first semester of 9th grade.

To date, 100% of Project Ready participants have successfully transitioned to high school.
Huckleberry's Spring Benefit - Thursday May 3 at 8 pm
Huckleberry Youth Programs
3310 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Can't make it to the event on May 3? You can still support Huckleberry by making a