Protecting vulnerable children

 

On behalf of Kristi House and the child victims of sex trafficking we serve, thank you for your objective reporting of the complex and difficult matters surrounding this issue, especially the debate on whether a lock-down approach is the most effective means of protecting this vulnerable population.

As the Aug. 8 article Advocates clash over sex trafficking treatment makes clear, overcoming trauma and improving well-being for these children takes time. Based on our experience and that of others working with exploited children, we do not believe that lock-down contributes to the healing process or expresses the warmth and compassion these children deserve.

Kristi House will continue to explore best-practice approaches with the state Department of Children & Families and our partners to provide these vulnerable children with the level and quality of services they require. We are committed to determining the best and safest path forward to offer child victims a real opportunity to restore their lives and heal from their abuse.

Nelson Diaz, president, board of directors, Kristi House, Miami

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