Human Trafficking/CSEC Prevention & Intervention Services
Ocean’s Harbor House provides prevention, intervention, advocacy, and community awareness services for Ocean & Monmouth County youth who are at risk for or involved in Human Trafficking or Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).
Ocean’s Harbor House has joined the fight against Human Trafficking in collaboration with our community partners: Prevent Child Abuse NJ, My Life My Choice, I AM, CAASE, & Boston GLASS. In response to growing trends in our region, we have focused on 4 pillars of service to help combat the exploitation of our youth: Prevention, Intervention, Advocacy & Community Awareness.
“Education and knowledge of trafficking in persons among all members of society are key to beating human traffickers.”- Dr. Saisuree Chutikul
All of our residential and out-client staff are regularly trained in identifying and providing services to youth who are at risk of or involved in human trafficking.
We are certified to provide 4 prevention programs that are all focused on empowering our youth through knowledge and skill to help them stand up against sexual exploitation.
My Life My Choice
My Life My Choice is an 8-10 week group for youth ages 12-21 who identify as female. In “My Life My Choice” you will learn about healthy relationships, staying safe and standing up against sexual exploitation/violence.
Empowering Young Men
Empowering Young Men (EYM) is 5-week group for youth ages 14-21 who identify as male. By participating in EYM you will discuss masculinity, consent, violence, exploitation, and how they affect you, your peers and your community. The goal of EYM is to educate and empower our young men so that they can help cut down on the demand for sexual exploitation.
I Am Clinical Toolkit
I Am Clinical Toolkit is a 10 session one on one program for youth of all genders ages13-21. There are 2 versions for this program, one for those at risk of becoming traffickers and another for those at risk for becoming trafficked. In I AM you will discuss and learn about: Building Self-Esteem, Healthy Relationships, Setting Personal Goals, Living Beyond Expectations, Taking a Stand Against Sexual Violence, Challenging Harmful Media Messages, & Identifying and Using Available Resources
LGBTQ and CSEC
LGBTQ and CSEC is a one-time workshop for LGBTQIA+ focused support groups/programs. This program is for youth ages 13-21 of all genders. The goals of this program are to increase critical thinking and decision-making skills, to learn about gender identity and sexual orientation and to learn about red flags, risk factors and resources for CSEC.
Intervention & Advocacy
Currently, Ocean’s Harbor House offers free counseling, case management and court advocacy services for Ocean County youth ages 10-17, through our Family Crisis Intervention Unit. For more information see their page here.
If you live in Monmouth County and are looking for similar services, see the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County here
Community/School trainings are available for those who are interested in learning more about Human Trafficking and how you can help to stop it. The training includes 4 goals: 1) to provide a basic understanding of human trafficking, 2) to understand risk factors that contribute to DMST, 3) to learn how to identify, engage and serve CSEC and at-risk youth and 4) to learn about what community resources are available.
Blue Campaign- Ocean’s Harbor House participates in the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign every January as a part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please see our volunteer form.