The Bridge Continuum of Services for Sexually Exploited Youth
This year in Seattle, 300–500 girls and boys will be bought and sold.
YouthCare's Bridge Continuum is their best way out. It provides specialized services to youth and young adults who have experienced (or are at risk of experiencing) sexual exploitation. These specialized services include case management, emergency shelter, long-term housing, education, employment training, and access to mental health and chemical dependency counseling.
In addition, YouthCare operates the Bridge Collaborative in partnership with Auburn Youth Resources and Friends of Youth. Community Advocates provide case management, support, and resources and referrals to sexually exploited youth across King County. To reach a Community Advocate for 24/7 referral and services for youth and young adults ages 12-24, please call (855) 400-CSEC or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program was established through a historic partnership led by the City of Seattle and including municipal and county authorities, health professionals and other service providers, foundations, and private donors. This community collaboration is supported by Stolen Youth, Seattle Public Schools, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the Seattle Police Department, and local juvenile justice systems.
YouthCare has also trained hundreds of community members, law enforcement officials, government employees, service providers, and others on how to identify, respond to, and engage victims of sexual exploitation. For more information about training opportunities, please contact the Sexual Exploitation Training Coordinator at (206) 204-1408.
The Bridge Continuum is named for Jon Bridge and Justice Bobbe Bridge (retired), both tireless advocates for children’s welfare. It began operation in May 2010.