Kristi House A Safe Haven

Commercially sexually exploited victims (CSEC) are those children who have been forced into prostitution and sexual abuse by adults. Sex traffickers and predators who have exploited children in the sex traffic trade comprise a significant criminal component in the Miami/Dade and Monroe County metroplex, and the parameter of the abuse grows each year. To combat this exploitation, and provide corollary services to children who have been identified as victims, Kristi House was born in Jerry Jacobs of Miami, FL’s community.

Dedicated to Kristi, a 9-year old victim of sexual predation by a stepfather who gave birth to his child at age 10, Kristi House arose from the awareness her case brought to system officials of the depth of the problem in their area. At the time of Kristi’s plight, there was no encompassing case coordination nor were there mental health services for victims like Kristi. There was an urgent need for a multidisciplinary team to address the needs of child victims and their non-offender parents, and a haven of safety where victims could break the conspiracy of silence surrounding these horrific crimes. Jerry Jacobs of Miami, FL applauds this have.

CSEC victims can reach out to the Project Gold project of Kristi House, which provides outreach into the community where Jerry Jacobs of Miami, FL lives. GOLD, Girls Owning Their Own Lives and Dreams, brings legal, mental health and health services together services together under the auspices of the Kristi House emergency shelter for sexually exploited girls. GOLD also places traffickers and exploitation under a spotlight, as Kristi House trains professionals to recognize and identify sexual exploitation and create timely intervention strategies. Kristi House was pivotal in the passage of the Florida Safe Harbor Act of 2013, establishing exploited children as victims, not perpetrators.

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