In 2009, responding to an alarming increase of sexual exploitation in Alameda County, BAWAR implemented a new program to address the needs of both commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) and adults.

BAWAR’s Sexually Exploited Minors program provides 24-hour crisis stabilization to all survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. Through community education, we work to humanize and de-stigmatize the voices and experiences of survivors.

Our violence prevention program is made possible through a grant from the City of Oakland’s Human Services Department, Oakland Unite Programs.

  • 24-hour crisis response
  • 10 weeks of individual peer counseling for sexual assault
  • Advocacy
  • Court accompaniments
  • In-custody visits
  • Detention-based education
  • Care kits (which may include toiletries, books, clothing, etc)
  • Referrals / information
  • 24-hour crisis hotline
Some Statistics about Human Trafficking:


  • Human trafficking is a global industry of $32 billion.

  • 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. (UNICEF)


  • 300,000 children in the USA are at risk of sexual exploitation. (USDOJ)

  • An estimated 199,000 incidents of sexual exploitation of children occur in the United States each year. (Shared Hope International)


  • Of 486 youth identified in Alameda County as at risk for or already involved in commercial sexual exploitation from January 1, 2011 to March 20, 2015, it was found that:

    • 86% had juvenile arrest history.

    • 79% had a runaway history

    • 56% had drug use history

    • 40% were currently in custody or had been in custody of Social Services.

    • 22% had a family criminal history

    • 29% had mental health challenges.

  • 80% of reported human trafficking cases in California occurred in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego. These are three areas that experience the most human trafficking in the US.


  • On any given night there are more than 1500 homeless youth in Oakland.

  • Oakland, CA is a thriving underage sex market, and is the epicenter of a trafficking triangle between San Francisco & Contra Costa counties.

  • 46% of all prosecuted human trafficking cases in California came from the Alameda County District Attorney’s office.

The SEM Program’s clients come predominantly from communities of color. The mission of the SEM program is systems change by creating a trauma-informed, survivor -centered approach which decriminalizes youth of marginalized communities.

SEM Program Contact Information

Program Manager

Arieana Castellanos


Kati Torres-Garcia

Chiarra Duncan-Perry

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