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 Girls Education & Mentoring Services


In 2009, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  awarded Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, Inc. (GEMS) a cooperative agreement to provide training for Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces and their affiliates. Because of its success and recognition, GEMS was once again awarded in 2012.  Using the highly rated Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Community Intervention Project curriculum, GEMS will conduct five regional trainings for ICAC Task Forces and their affiliates in order to increase their capacity to effectively combat interrelated forms of commercial sexual exploitation of youth, including Internet-facilitated crimes against child victims and sex trafficking in the United States.

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. GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been commercially sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.

In order to conduct the five regional ICAC trainings, GEMS is identifying ICAC Task Forces that are interested in hosting a GEMS’ ICAC training in their city. Host ICACs will help GEMS organize the logistical details of the training, and will also share relevant information related to CSEC in their region. Conducted as a 3 day train-the-trainer institute for 50 participants, this training equips participants with the necessary skills to train their constituencies on CSEC-related issues. 

Length of programs: GEMS courses for the ICAC Task Force generally last 2 to 3 days.
Prerequisites: Courses do not require a prerequisite.
Max Class Size: GEMS courses are usually part of a conference or taught at a specified location. Therefore the size of the class is determined by the venue.
Target Audience: GEMS courses are targeted at law enforcement, including parole/probation officers, investigators, detectives and prosecutors who are ICAC Task Force and Affiliate members.
How to Register: To register for a GEMS course, see the course schedule below and click on the hyperlink in the class column for the course you wish to register for. You may also contact Deanna Green, Training Logistics Coordinator, via emai:; or by phone: (212) 926-8089 ext 57.

 Course Information

The main course that GEMS offers the ICAC Task Force is entitled, Child Victims in the Commercial Sex Industry - Examining the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (CSEC/DMST). This course examines the commercial sexual exploitation of children and domestic minor sex trafficking. Click here to learn more about this course.

 Contact Us

For more information, contact Deanna Green, Training Logistics Coordinator, by email or by phone: (212) 926-8089 x57.

 GEMS Training Schedule - Click the Link Under "Class" to Register

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