National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children opened in 1984 to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. NCMEC provides services, resources, and technical assistance to child victims of abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star "Polaris" that guided slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the US and globally. By successfully pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (see above), conducting trainings, and providing vital services to victims of trafficking, Polaris Project creates long-term solutions that move our society closer to a world without slavery.
National Children’s Alliance
National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). Formed in 1988, NCA has been providing support, technical assistance, and quality assurance for CACs, while serving as a voice for abused children for more than 25 years.
“Project Intersect is an initiative of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). The Network is dedicated to the provision of high quality mental health services to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in Georgia. Through this initiative, treatment services are provided to youth who have been commercially sexual exploited and training is available to therapists interested in serving youth that have been commercially sexually exploited.”
Project Gold (Kristi House)
“Kristi House’s Project GOLD provides outreach and services to children exploited in sex trafficking to help them escape dangerous lives at the hands of traffickers and predators.”
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a national organization that provides “crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.”
Shared Hope International
Shared Hope International was founded in 1998 when US Congresswoman Linda Smith traveled to the brothel district in Mumbai, India where she witnessed the brutal exploitation and sexual slavery of women and children. Shared Hope International strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. Shared Hope envisions a world passionately opposed to sex trafficking and a committed community restoring survivors to lives of purpose, value, and choice one life at a time.
Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, who had been sexually exploited as a teenager, GEMS has helped hundreds of girls and young women, ages 12–24, to exit the commercial sex industry and develop their potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support, and viable opportunities for positive change.
Darkness to Light
“With affiliates in all 50 U.S. states and 16 international locations, D2L provides individuals, organizations, and communities with the tools to protect children from sexual abuse. To date, the D2L network of 6,000 authorized facilitators has trained over 500,000 parents, youth serving professionals, and organization volunteers in D2L’s award-winning Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention program.”
The Enough Abuse Campaign
The Enough Abuse Campaign, a grassroots movement to prevent child sexual abuse, is gaining momentum across the country. Developed in Massachusetts, the Campaign has been adopted by New Jersey and Maryland and has now been launched in New York, Nevada and 25 counties in California. The campaign provides adults and communities with the knowledge and skills needed to put an end to the silence around child sexual abuse.
Stop It Now!
Stop It Now is a nonprofit organization that helps prevent the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families, and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed.
MaleSurvivor is a leader in the fight to improve the resources and support available to male survivors of all forms of sexual abuse in the US and around the globe. Male Survivor is a community built upon a unique foundation of respect and mutual partnership between survivors themselves and the professionals who work with them.
Prevent Child Abuse America
Prevent Child Abuse America is an organization that works to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children by building awareness, providing education, and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort.
CDC – Rape Prevention and Education Initiative
“The RPE program provides funding to state health departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. RPE grantees work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, including state sexual violence coalitions, educational institutions, law enforcement entities, rape crisis centers, community organizations and others to guide implementation of their state sexual violence prevention plans.”
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center
NSVRC is an information and resource center on all aspects of sexual violence.
NSVRC special collection on child sexual abuse prevention www.nsvrc.org/projects/child-sexual-assault-prevention/preventing-child-sexual-abuse-resources
National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
“The Coalition was formed as a means for coordination and collaboration among a wide variety of organizations and individuals committed to prevention. The Coalition remains committed to prevention and to work together as a field of like-minded leaders with a unified voice in the field to advance our work collectively.”
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
“The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is an international, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse. Through research, education, and shared learning ATSA promotes evidence based practice, public policy and community strategies that lead to the effective assessment, treatment and management of individuals who have sexually abused or are at risk to abuse.”