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 SDCOE Helps Collect Items for Victims of Sex Trafficking

​A collaborative effort between the San Diego County Office of Education and North County Lifeline recently brought in 1,536 helpful items for local victims of sex trafficking.

The items included toiletries, canvas bags, and baby wipes. If purchased separately, the items would have cost more than $3,000.

The collection drive, which wrapped up in March, was part of Project Life, an advocacy program that works with girls who have been victims of sex trafficking to provide case management and mental health services.

"The donations to our Project LIFE program here at North County Lifeline will help sustain basic needs that current victims that we encounter and the survivor that we serve are in need of to help provide basic needs resources," said Crystal Anthony, a coordinator and case manager with Project LIFE.

Photo: Aida Hairston, Rosalina Herrera, and Gabriela Baeza of San Diego County Office of Education's Girls Support Services show off the donations received through the Project LIFE effort.