We need services and programs for children who have been prostituted, because metro-Atlanta has become a national hub for the prostitution of adolescent girls, with the trafficking of girls from across the state and across the nation becoming an ever-increasing problem. Right now, child-victims are sent to Youth Detention Centers (YDC) because enough appropriate services do not exist.
During this year's Georgia legislative session, one of ICM's proudest accomplishments was helping win inclusion of $560,000 for a Regional Assessment Center for prostituted adolescent girls. The center opened in June with 12 beds and already has a waiting list. On average, one girl a week is referred for help.
Now the $560,000 you helped secure for the Regional Assessment Center is frozen. Without action the program will run out of funds in 3 months.
Because of the state budget shortfall, the Regional Assessment Center is one of the programs being recommended for elimination.
In September the Governor will decide what state program cuts become final. We have a small window of opportunity to raise concerns about cutting 100% of 2009 funds for this critical program.
The Regional Assessment Center needs your help.
- Write or call Governor Perdue to restore funding for the Regional Assessment Center.
- Call, write, e-mail or visit with your senator and representative in the Georgia General Assembly.
- Write or call the members of the Joint Committee on Child Sexual Exploitation.
Information on making these contacts can be found here.
More information on the sexual exploitation of children in Atlanta can be found here.