Understanding and Responding to Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Friday, April 10, 2020
, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM
Understanding and Responding to Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Suzanne Rea, LICSW
Audrey Morrissey

This training is a blueprint for service providers working with vulnerable and exploited youth to prevent commercial sexual exploitation and re-victimization.

Through more than 15 years of offering groundbreaking programs and trainings, as well as survivor-led mentoring to exploited youth, My Life My Choice has amassed extensive experience and knowledge. We continue to pioneer best practices for prevention.

During this training you will learn: strategies for starting conversations with sexually exploited youth; how to develop trauma informed clinical programming for exploited youth and; how to understanding and responding to victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the local and national picture of commercial sexual exploitation of children.
  • Describe how to recognize a pimp and common recruitment tactics used to groom youth
  • Describe the impact of commercial sexual exploitation on the mind, body and soul
  • Utilize the Stages of Change Model in working with CSE youth
  • Describe his/her role in identifying victims and responding to disclosures



Suzanne Rea has been working with underserved youth and their families for over 10 years across the US in residential and community-based settings. She currently works as a Clinical Supervisor at Wayside Youth and Family Support Network and oversees the clinical care of adolescents in residential programs. She specializes in working with youth who have been commercially sexually exploited and dedicates her career to improving how these youth are viewed and treated by the various systems that impact their lives.


Prior to joining Wayside, Ms. Rea worked as a Reunification Counselor at a residential treatment program for dual-diagnosed women, who were being released from incarceration, and their children in San Francisco, CA. In this position, Suzanne helped mothers and their children reunify after years of separation and served as an advocate in California's family court system.


Ms. Rea is a Training Specialist for My Life My Choice, a national leader in the movement to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. As Training Specialist, Suzanne trains youth-serving professionals, law enforcement, social workers, and other service providers throughout Massachusetts on the full-day "Understanding and Responding to Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation" training. 


Suzanne is currently a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts and received her Masters in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in 2013.

Audrey Morrissey is the Associate Director and National Survivor Leadership Director of My Life My Choice. As a local and national leader in the field of exploitation, Ms. Morrissey has served as Co-Chair of the Victim Services Committee of the Massachusetts Task Force on Human Trafficking. Ms. Morrissey has also served as a primary consultant to the Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court’s “Redesigning the Court’s Response to Prostitution” project. Ms. Morrissey founded My Life My Choice’s Survivor Mentoring program in 2004 when she became the first Survivor Leader to mentor adolescent girls in Massachusetts. Ms. Morrissey serves as the primary national trainer for My Life My Choice as well as coordinating My Life My Choice’s national leadership efforts. Ms. Morrissey is a 2008 recipient of the prestigious Petra Foundation Fellowship and a 2012 recipient of The Philanthropic Initiative’s Boston Neighborhood Fellows Award.

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