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Human Trafficking of Children

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Resources and support for children in San Diego County

The federal Department of Homeland Security and Department of Education report trafficking victims can be adults and youth of all genders, U.S. citizens, or foreign nationals. Human trafficking can involve school-age youths, particularly those made vulnerable by unstable family situations, or who have little or no social support. The children at risk are not just high school students – studies show that the average age a child is trafficked into the commercial sex trade is between 11 and 14 years old.

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) supports school district offices, parents, and community-based agencies in issues related to human trafficking of children by providing training, staff development, technical assistance, and consultation.

Community-Based Student Referrals for Services

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Mara Madrigal-Weiss
Executive Director,
Student Wellness and School Culture
858-298-2068

Charisma De Los Reyes
Project Specialist,
Student Wellness and School Culture
858-298-2098

Olga Hernandez
Program Clerk,
Student Wellness and School Culture
858-298-2146

Violeta Mora
Project Specialist,
Student Wellness and School Culture
858-298-2099

Amanda Holt
Administrative Assistant III,
Student Wellness and School Culture
858-298-2075