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Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Meeting Survivors Where They Are


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This 60 minute course will focus on the role of service providers in partnering with survivors of sex trafficking on the road to healing. The discussion will spotlight the importance of survivor centered program models and their impact on our work to support survivors.


Holly Joshi is the Executive Director at MISSSEY, a youth serving non-profit dedicated to providing direct services and advocacy for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. Holly has 16 years of committed public service experience and over a decade of leadership and advocacy work in the movement to end commercial sexual exploitation. She led the Oakland Police Department’s Child Exploitation Unit and served as the Training Manager at MISSSEY before being promoted into her current role as E.D. Holly has worked collaboratively across sectors to improve system responses to survivors of trafficking since 2008. She served on Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Task Force on Human Trafficking, and has worked on victim centered policy reform and legislation including California’s Proposition 35. Holly has trained law enforcement and service providers across the country on human trafficking recognition and response as a member of the training team at the National Criminal Justice Training Center.

Holly has strong roots in the community and a sincere passion for human rights and social justice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from California State University East Bay and a Master’s Degree in Leadership for Social Justice from St. Mary’s College of California. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, Golden Gate School of Law, and California State East Bay. She has worked as a consultant for Georgetown University and has taught as adjunct faculty at Merritt College. Her work has been featured in the Bay Area local press, on MSNBC, Anderson Cooper, and in Essence Magazine.

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