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03 Aug 2017

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Editor’s note: the following blog post was written by Ogechi Adele, a 2017 summer intern at youthSpark. By Ogechi Adele As an intern, more importantly a 17 year-old intern, I mostly organize, clean, make lists, and support the case managers at youthSpark’s Youth Services Center….

03 Mar 2017

How a small nonprofit uses cloud services to save lives…at scale.

We all know that “the cloud” can help us get organized and work more efficiently, but did you know it can also combat trafficking victimization? The team at youthSpark recently launched a technology-based program designed to address the problem of sex trafficking right at the…

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18 Feb 2017

Casinos: Unintended Consequences on Sex Trafficking of Youth

This article originally appeared in “Voices from the Field,” an electronic publication of the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance to provide members with insights concerning the possible impact of legislation being considered by the General Assembly. By Alex R. Trouteaud, Ph.D. Law enforcement agencies, victim services providers,…

WSB-TV video on sex trafficking
26 Oct 2016

youthSpark’s Work on Demand Reduction Featured on WSB-TV

We were proud to see our innovative technology work to reduce trafficking offending featured by WSB-TV, alongside many other great local partners. You can watch the full 1-hour special online at Our portion begins around minute 40.

19 Jul 2016

youthSpark Ignites Change

A wonderful and enlightening thing happened to me today—I walked into the Juvenile Justice Department Building on Pryor Street and into the office of youthSpark. As a journalist for well over 20 years, the stories of child trafficking were all too familiar. But, what became…

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16 Jun 2016

The Need for Human Rights Action

Editor’s note: the following blog post was written by Bridget Smith, a policy and research intern at youthSpark. This summer Bridget is working on assessing Georgia’s policy gaps in combating youth sex trafficking, as well as helping to coordinate a research study on offenders. As…

13 Jun 2016

What the Dumpster Can Teach Us in the Turner Rape Case

This article was originally published by Psychology Today. It is reprinted here by permission. By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. Ever since I heard the news about Brock Turner’s rape of a young woman, I have found myself fixated on one thing. No, not Brock’s hideous…

02 Jun 2016

Taking a Stand Against Sex Trafficking

Editor’s note: the following blog post was written by Shivika Kandhal, an intern at youthSpark. This summer Shivika will be working on research studies with youthSpark, as well as assisting with programs. We are grateful for her service! Growing up in an affluent suburb of…

29 May 2016

#TellYourTruth PSA on Trafficked Boys

Check out this amazing PSA that a group of videography students at North Atlanta High School created on an often-overlooked aspect of human trafficking: the commercial sexual exploitation of boys. We were proud to have the opportunity to meet with these talented youth and educate…