On July 8, many professionals and concerned citizens gave testimony to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension. One such individual was Jeneé Littrell, an assistant principal within the Grossmont Union High School District in San Diego, CA. For the past 6 years, much of Mrs. Littrell’s focus has been on the issue of child sex trafficking.
Partnered with local law enforcement, child welfare, and social services, Mrs. Littrell has spearheaded a program that deals with four major components:
- Increased staff awareness and education on the indicators and the nature of the crime of child sex trafficking
- Increased parent/student awareness of the risks and realities of trafficking
- Clearly articulated district policy and protocol for identifying suspected victims or responding to disclosure from a suspected victim
- Strong working partnerships with law enforcement, child welfare, probation, and social service agencies
Mrs. Littrell stressed that school systems across the country need to be trained on identification and response to the crime. “In many cases,” she states, “the adults on campus are the last responsible adults to touch these young people’s lives before they are victimized or lost to this crime.
You can download and read a transcript of Mrs. Littrell’s full testimony by clicking on the PDF link below.