Advocacy and accompaniment

Do you know a commercially sexually exploited youth ages 11 – 17, who needs urgent advocacy/accompaniment during a medical exam or law enforcement interview?
On-call advocates are available Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 pm – 12 am

Requirements for Requesting an On-Call Advocate:
Youth ages 11-17
Youth at high risk or confirmed for CSE
Request for immediate accompaniment during medical exam or law enforcement interview

How do you decide if a youth is high risk or has been trafficked?

We recommend you review the Wisconsin Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Indicator and Response Guide available on the DCF website.

How to ask a youth if they want an advocate present:
“You have the right to have a safe and confidential person here with you during a medical exam or while you are being interviewed by police. They are someone you can talk to, who can help you explore your options, make sure your voice is heard, connect you with resources, and support you with legal stuff and medical help. Would you like me to call an advocate to be here with you now?”

If you have youth consent, call 414-219-5555 to request an advocate.
Hotline staff from Aurora Healing and Advocacy Services are assisting us as a central number to call and locate the advocate available at that time.

What to expect from an advocate:
Will respond within an hour
Will provide follow up and ongoing support
Connection to other resources

Advocates are from UMOS Latina Resource Center, Pathfinders, and Milwaukee Police Department Sensitive Crimes Division.

All responding advocates have received training in:
Trauma Informed Care
Human Trafficking
Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy
Advanced Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth Advocacy

Advocates are also available during the daytime. Call individual agencies for their availability.

Want to know more about the right to an advocate when reporting sexual assault, sex trafficking and child sexual abuse in Wisconsin? Read more about it here.