CSEC Advocacy Course

A course to help you understand the unique needs of commercially sexually-exploited children (CSEC) and provide them with the highest level of care


“My goal is to leave you hopeful that we can make a difference together, and to empower you to be the best advocates”


At A Glance

The Saving Innocence & Casa CSEC Advocacy ECourse is an in-depth, online training specifically for professionals and volunteers working to provide supportive services for commercially sexually-exploited children (CSEC.)


Learn how to identify a victim & a recruiter


Understand the  impact of commercial sexual exploitation


Learn how you can become a place of safety & make a meaningful difference

“Kids are the best teachers but it’s unfair to expect someone who has suffered so greatly to have to teach you about their experience. We’ve invite you to instead learn from our 10 years of working directly with exploited youth.”

Amber Davies



01: Overview

This overview is provided during the introductory portion of the e-course. Please review the introductory letter and follow along with the corresponding video for helpful information as you start your learning experience.

02: Defining Human Trafficking

To find solutions we must first clearly define the problem. This chapter is replete with definitions, statistics, and an in-depth look at our nation’s human trafficking epidemic. Here we will lay the foundational information needed to develop impactful strategies to help youth in need.

03: Victim Identification

It’s not enough to know. We must act. But how can we act unless we understand pathways to entry? In this chapter, we will be equipped to identify youth who are vulnerable to human trafficking and those who may currently be being exploited.

04: Buyers, Traffickers & Recruitment

Chapter Four may be tough to digest but it is vital! Gaining insight into manipulation and recruitment tactics is another tool in our toolkit that will help us support and protect the youth we are serving.

05: Safety, Planning, Engagement & Advocacy

Safety planning is a key element to providing effective support to victims of human trafficking. To do so we must acquire skills advocacy and engagement skills.

06: Core Competencies & Understanding Trauma

This chapter is designed to aid us in developing core competencies and ensure that our support is trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive.

07: Impact of CSE & Empowerment

Trauma impacts people differently and the severity of trauma can also have profound impact. Survivors of human trafficking need unique empowerment opportunities and caring adults who avoid the use of power and control.

08: Supervision & Provider Care

We will conclude this training with a much needed discussion about cultural humililty and how to honor our own hearts as we steward the lives we’re entrusted with. This chapter addresses the natural phenomemons of vicarious trauma and burnout.

+ Also Included

Panels featuring experts in Law Enforcement, Probation, and Child Welfare

First Hand Accounts From Survivors

Clips from the award-winning documentary about CSEC, “Sex + Money: A National Search For Human Worth” including first-hand accounts from survivors, traffickers and buyers across the United States

Some of the best training I have received of any kind.

I just finished the CSEC training. I was very impressed how they built on the online training and reinforced/augmented with mini-lectures, videos and classroom exercises. Some of the best training I have received of any kind. Also much of it was very applicable to any case, CSEC or not."

Pat M.


Graded Assessment Included

Not only does the course come with a follow-along workbook, but there are also graded questions after each chapter. Test your knowledge and give yourself the opportunity to get certified.

Meet Your Trainers

Jasmine Edwards
Senior Lead Case Manager, Saving Innocence

Jasmine Edwards currently serves as Senior Lead Crisis Case Manager with Saving Innocence supporting the First Responder Protocol program. In her position, Jasmine manages crisis response and intensive case management for youth who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation. Jasmine also coordinates services to meet the child’s needs, assisting with aftercare placement, providing an ongoing relational connection, offering support to the child’s family, and acting as a liaison between clients and the many court processes they are required to participate in. As Senior Lead Case Manager, she conducts all intakes with all referrals and assigns the case managers that best fit their needs. Also carrying a caseload, Jasmine meets with her clients weekly, to both create a sense of permanency with the youth and to help them navigate their recovery journey. 

Oree Freeman
Speaker, Advocate & Survivor


Oree is an award winning advocate, trainer and survivor leader in the movement to end human trafficking. In 2015 Oree was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Orange County by the Orange County Register. She serves on the California CSEC (Commercially Sexually Exploited Children) Advisory Board and is a talented & spirited speaker who trains, FBI, law enforcement, prisons, colleges and hospitals all across the nation to become more effective in helping prevent and eliminate human trafficking. This is in addition to the individual girls she meets with in Juvenile Hall, hotels, and on the streets to free them from their enslavement. 

Leah J. Albright-Byrd
Speaker & Activist

Leah J. Albright-Byrd is a compelling activist, author, and artist who is known for her gift of storytelling. Whether by song, speech, or authorship, Leah uses her experience with the trials and triumphs of an intentional healing journey to help others gain freedom from the effects of trauma.

As a part of her passion for healing, Leah founded Bridget’s Dream in 2011; it was an organization that provided services to child and adult survivors of human trafficking. She served as the Executive Director for five years and became a national voice for the cause. Her advocacy work led to opportunities for lobbying and promoting legislative change. Eventually she also began appearing on television and radio shows to educate and inspire the public. Leah was honored to be featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, BET News, Being Mary Jane, was the subject of an Emmy-award winning interview in 2013 and has received congressional honor for her contributions to the fight against human trafficking.

Amber Davies, MSW, LCSW
Senior Director of Clinical Programs, Saving Innocence

Amber is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked at Saving Innocence since 2014. Her professional experiences include being a therapist for foster youth, supervising juvenile offenders, pregnant teens, and leading outreach programs with at-risk youth. She began working in a group home in 2003, where she first encountered children who had been commercially sexually exploited. She was a professor of social work education at Azusa Pacific University prior to Saving Innocence, and she has managed teams locally and abroad. As a part of Saving Innocence, Amber oversees a team of advocates and a Foster Family Agency.

As a part of Saving Innocence, Amber has trained and consulted on working with CSEC youth for local, state, and national providers. She has testified for the Los Angeles County HEAT Institute Regional Summit on Human Trafficking, trained on safety planning at the CSEC Convening through the CSEC Action Team, has paneled at the Preventing and Addressing Child Trafficking (PACT) Conference, and is an active committee member of the statewide CSEC Action Team. She has been a part of the Judicial Council’s Domestic Violence Forum in San Francisco to help inform how the judicial system handles CSEC cases, and presented at many conferences throughout the nation.


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What an insightful and wonderfully executed training!

Your dedication to this important societal crisis is truly shepherding others!"

Erin J.


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