San Diego Youth Services STARS (Surviving Together, Achieving and Reaching for Success) program empowers survivors ages 13-24 to leave sexual exploitation and trafficking by providing emotional support to develop their inner strengths, improve their self-esteem and identify their dreams. We promote healing through relationships and a sense of community through our client-centered, trauma-informed services.
Last year, STARS helped 189 survivors of human trafficking and provided 42 community trainings.
- Services help to identify goals and create support around recovery from trafficking, physical and mental health, independent living skills, and increasing self-sufficiency.
- Support includes detention outreach, court representation and advocacy, health appointments, applying for benefits, housing, obtaining legal documents, enrolling in school, job searching and exercise.
- Referrals and connection to mental health care, school, health, drug and alcohol treatment, and housing.
Therapy and Mental Health Services
- Individual and family therapy for all minor victims of human trafficking (labor and sex) and adult (18-24) survivors of domestic sex trafficking.
- Referral and connection to mental health care either through STARS or a partner agency.
- Services while the survivor is in custody depending on location, including emotional support, advocacy and establishing goals and a support plan upon release.
STARS Survivor Support Group
- Weekly support group.
- Drop-in structure for young women who need a flexible group structure without an attendance policy.
- Counseling and peer support on topics like relationships and boundary setting, recruitment, vulnerabilities, commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking, safe coping, self-esteem, health, trauma, recovery and goal setting.
Peer Support Services
- Utilizing lived experience, the Peer Support Partner offer a voice, perspective and validation to survivors and helps improve social functioning, reduce substance use and improve the overall quality of life.
- Training on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Sex Trafficking. Training is tailored to the requesting party’s needs.
Desiree Pavlik (619) 993-8050 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm
Local Resource Guide:
Our newly updated and comprehensive listing of local resources for survivors of commercial exploitation of children (CSEC) and sex trafficking.
– Resources for CSEC and Human Trafficking Survivors
– Recursos Para Sobrevivientes De Trata De Personas Y CSEC