Los Angeles Trying New Tactics to Help Children, Many in Foster Care, Who Are Sexually Trafficked

Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew grew up in the foster care system in Los Angeles, where she lived in 14 different group homes, most of which featured various levels of abuse. Her experience showed her how children, in a system built to protect them, often face life-endangering risks that often go unnoticed by the public . . .

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Sexual Exploitation Victims Urged to Come Forward, New Anti-trafficking Envoy Says

Susan Coppedge was recently confirmed as the new director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in the U.S. Department of State, with the rank of ambassador-at-large. The State Department, in addition to country ambassadors, has several ambassadors-at-large who deal with specific issues, including counterterrorism and global women’s issues.