The EAST Project provides programming and services for victims of human trafficking across Massachusetts, primarily focusing on children who have been commercially sexually exploited. This program acts as a roadmap, adapted to each participant’s needs.
Embracing change. Acknowledging self-worth. Surpassing obstacles. Transcending circumstances.
A holistic approach Giving youth access to the necessary preparation for success
We provide training opportunities for all COMPASS staff to raise awareness about risk factors for trafficking and to effectively work with impacted youth.
We offer a 10-week prevention program for girls aged 12-18 to support them in a variety of community settings to develop and strengthen their skills and raise awareness of high-risk behaviors.
COMPASS Staff are trained in the my life my choice curriculum
COMPASS partners with My Life My Choice, a nationally renowned organization which employs a comprehensive approach to end the sexual exploitation of girls and help them reclaim their lives. Their goal is to increase victim identification and improve provider response to exploited youth.
COMPASS staff have access to the following trainings offered by My Life My Choice:
UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING TO VICTIMS OF COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
ADVANCED CLINICAL TRAINING: DEVELOPING SKILLS AND STRATEGIES
PREVENTING THE COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF ADOLESCENT GIRLS
Creating opportunities is the first step towards systemic change.
COMPASS partners with My Life My Choice for staff training and support with the goals of:
- Expanding the number of staff trained in a foundation curriculum to raise awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC)
- Providing a holistic, proven prevention program for at-risk adolescent girls
- Increasing the number of staff certified to facilitate the prevention programs
COMPASS is a partner in the Lowell Ending Trafficking of Youth (LET YOUTH) project, launched by the Center for Hope and Healing, that provides comprehensive services to address the needs for safety, security, and healing to all minor survivors of human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking, in Greater Lowell areas.
COMPASS is a partner of the Worcester Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Task Force, spearheaded by YOU, Inc. This task force is an association of 23 Worcester County-based organizations committed to protecting the County’s exploited youth and raising awareness about risk factors for exploitation.