"Their stories are of deprivation and alienation. They have been beaten and branded, sexually assaulted again and again day after day, whose understanding of caring, support and love is as twisted as the minds of the pimp who owns them. These stories result in children whose sense of survival demands that they view everyone with distrust, suspicion and defensiveness. Supporting them means getting past the aggression and anger, not hearing, or at a minimum not being personally offended, by the "F bombs", and to see the child for who she or he is, a child who has survived unimaginable trauma."
Maria Hernandez, Former Presiding Juvenile Court Judge
CSEC STEERING COMMITTEE
The CSEC Steering Committee is chaired by Orange County Social Services Agency - Children and Family Services and the Presiding Juvenile Court Judge. The purpose of the committee is to bring together the agencies and organizations working with children and youth affected by commercial sexual exploitation and to work in finding better solutions to address the challenges that youth and caregivers face, as well as preventing those who are at risk to this very hard and real issue that we face today.