The Middlesex CAC's TRACE (Team Response Against Child Exploitation) Program is a collaborative response to the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in Middlesex County. TRACE was created to encourage CSEC-involved youth to feel safe, break ties with their exploiter, and seize opportunities to regain control of their lives and futures.
Our CSEC Coordinator is a trained FI who will promptly coordinate a multidisciplinary team (MDT) response when there is a concern or report of a CSEC-involved youth. Given the complex histories of these youth, the MDT can include child protection agencies, outside providers, medical professionals, survivor mentorship program representatives, multiple jurisdictions, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities. As indicated, our CSEC Coordinator will conduct a forensic interview and work with the MDT to assess risk and safety and ensure the youth has access to medical and mental health care, substance abuse treatment, mentors, and advocates.
By fostering creativity in our MDT response, the TRACE Program strives to enhance our efforts to identify and hold those who sexually exploit and traffic youth accountable.