GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services)

Note: The GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents: Services for Victims, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Girls and young women who have experience commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking

Brief Description

GEMS is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and to develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.

GEMS' mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.

GEMS offers short-term and crisis care, court advocacy, transitional and supportive housing, and holistic case management.

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services).

References

Fong, R., & Berger Cardoso, J. (2010). Child human trafficking victims: Challenges for the child welfare system. Evaluation and Program Planning, 33(3), 311-316

Lloyd, R. (2011). Girls like us: Fighting for a world where girls are not for sale, an activist finds her calling and heals herself. HarperCollins e-books.

Rand, A. (2010). It can't happen in my backyard: The commercial sexual exploitation of girls in the United States. Child & Youth Services, 31(3-4), 138-156.

Contact Information

Name: Rachel Lloyd
Title: Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Website: www.gems-girls.org
Email:
Phone: (212) 926-8089
Fax: (212) 491-2696

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: November 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2013