Policy Advocacy

Policy Advocacy

Policy Advocacy is one of youthSpark’s core strengths. We have a strong track record of helping to shape and advocate for passage of strategic legislation that reduces the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Georgia. We believe that advocacy coalitions and partnerships are not only effective, but critically important for protecting our youth.

We helped found the very first Lobby Day in Georgia for CSEC victims—which triumphantly carries on to this day, drawing in hundreds of supporters under the name “DMST Lobby Day.” We were founding members of the Anti-Trafficking Council, Georgia’s first comprehensive partnership of agencies that serve or advocate on behalf of human trafficking victims. We proudly supported key statewide legislation to address youth sex trafficking, including HB69 (the mandated reporter bill), HB200 (the enhanced penalties for human traffickers bill), and SB8/SR7 (the “Rachel’s Law, Safe Harbor” bill). Today we are active supporters of SafeHaborYES, a ballot initiative to provide care and services for the victims of child sex trafficking in Georgia.

Strategic Partnerships

We proudly partner with a diverse network of dedicated organizations. Some of these partnerships are focused on policy advocacy, while others are service provider partnerships that help us inform outstanding needs in serving victims of trafficking and exploitation. If you are a nonprofit or civic organization that would like to get involved one way or another in helping to shape strategic solutions to the problems of human trafficking and exploitation of youth, please email us at [email protected]

Some of our policy and service provider partners include:

100 Black Men of America
Covenant House, Atlanta
Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health
Fulton County
Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA)
Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN)
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy Georgia Equality
Georgia State University, Department of Sociology
Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Force

The Junior League of Atlanta
National Center for Civil and Human Rights 
Night Light International
Out of Darkness
Rotarian Action Group Against Child Slavery for the Americas
Salvation Army
United Way of Greater Atlanta
Voices for Georgia’s Children
Wellspring Living
YWCA of Greater Atlanta