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Combating and Preventing Sex Trafficking of Black Girls: Promising Practices in Education and Mentoring

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October 2022
Publication Series

This final video in a three-part series discusses the promising practices in education and mentoring, including restorative programming, equitable policies, trauma-informed responses, assessments to measure effectiveness, and other related topics; the video also includes a conversation with representatives from The Mentoring Center’s EMERGE Program.


This video features a conversation with Randa Powell and Micah Jones from The Mentoring Center’s EMERGE Program, which provides an alternative education program designed for Black and other girls of color who have been involved in the juvenile-legal or foster care systems. The video provides information about an evaluation report produced by The National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI), stating that EMERGE successfully implemented strategies to repair Black girls’ bonds with school and restore a commitment to their educational success, and that EMERGE implemented promising strategies to build pathways to college and employment for system-impacted Black girls. The video challenges viewers to explore four questions: how they create safe spaces in their organizational programming; what restorative programming means to their organizations; what trauma-informed practices they would model for other programs; and when considering the effectiveness of their policies, procedures, and equitable practices, what assessments are in place to measure their successes or shortcomings. The three-part video series is presented by Youth Collaboratory, which works to prevent and reduce the victimization of Black girls who are vulnerable to sex trafficking by expanding the skills of program providers and other stakeholders who share the goal of preventing the trafficking of Black girls. The video series covers topics based on the emerging trends and promising practices for prevention and early intervention for Black girls who are either at risk or currently experiencing sexual exploitation or domestic sex trafficking.

Date Published: October 1, 2022