Alameda County District Attorney's Office
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

Meet DA Nancy E. O'Malley

DA's Office National Conference on Human Trafficking a Resounding Success

From June 13-15, 2012, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office hosted the Bay Area's first National Conference addressing the epidemic of domestic minor sex trafficking. The Conference, entitled "Plan 2 Act: the 2012 National Human Exploitation and Trafficking (H.E.A.T.) Watch Conference", brought together a capacity crowd of over 450 prosecutors, law enforcement and community practitioners from throughout North America for three days of intensive training, education and problem solving.

Speaking at the conference were national experts in the field, as well as notable speakers such as United States Congresswoman Jackie Speier, US Attorney – Northern District of California Melinda Haag, award-winning investigative journalist Julian Sher, survivor “T” Ortiz and actress/activist Jada Pinkett Smith.

Attendees left the 2012 National H.E.A.T. Watch Conference having established a network of new contacts in the field, and armed with a comprehensive tool kit containing useful literature and training materials to help combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children in their community.

“Through our collective hard work, we have made significant strides towards changing the dialogue around this issue,” says District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley. “The way commercially sexually exploited children are seen and treated across the state of California is changing for the better due to our efforts in rewriting laws and educating policy makers. Children are seen as victims of child abuse, and their exploiters and purchaser are treated as child abusers in the criminal justice system.”

“We hope our attendees from the 2012 National H.E.A.T. Watch Conference will return to their own communities and tailor some of the lessons and strategies they learned in ways that suit their own community. Ultimately, we aim to encourage the dialogue and action to continue in many different counties around the nation.”

The DA’s Office staged the event in partnership with The Sage Project and Shared Hope International.

What we’re doing to combat the sexual exploitation of children in Alameda County

Alameda County District Attorney’s Office created a pilot project in 1994 to address and enhance services for sexually exploited youth, as well as to prosecute the adults who were exploiting them. Since that time, Alameda County has been a leader in building awareness and creating collaborative programs among all disciplines intersecting with commercially and sexually exploited minors.

In 2010, the District Attorney, in partnership with Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, introduced ‘H.E.A.T. Watch’, a 5-prong blueprint. Under this umbrella, Alameda County and other communities have built their effective responses to rescuing and restoring our children, and holding their exploiters and purchasers accountable for abusing children for sex. Prior to the introduction of H.E.A.T. Watch, the commercial sexual exploitation of children was a subject largely unknown to people in our community.

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Posted on Jun 22, 2012