Rescue Vulnerable Children From Dangerous Crime and Train Them to Be Champions
One of the nation's most impoverished communities resides inside one of the nation's most affluent cities. The Florence-Firestone area located in the South-Central part of Los Angeles is home to a disadvantaged community with 32 percent of the populace living in poverty and 50 percent of residents unemployed. Education is the same with seven out of ten residents over the age of 25 lacking a GED (more than twice that of Los Angeles City and County). In a poverty-stricken area like Florence-Firestone, the children are at the greatest risk of violence, crime, and sexual abuse. Roughly one out of three runaway children are approached by a trafficker within 48 hours. Every year, hundreds of thousands of girls under the age of 18 are being sexual exploited for commercial gain.
To protect the most vulnerable and exploited youth in Florence-Firestone, Inner-City Visions launched a multi-disciplinary initiative with urban youth services including 24-hour immediate crisis care, human trafficking prevention services, and community-based intervention for gang violence. Inner City Visions is not afraid to meet on the street and take action to stop human trafficking, street violence, and bullying and deploys strategic actions for disruption and mitigation. The organization's team trains leaders to be the eyes and ears for vulnerable families and children and provide mentorship, education, and personal empowerment for children to find safe passage away from exploitation and towards future success.
ICV has assisted in 28 human trafficking rescues. The program has achieved a 43% reduction in violence and murders in the Florence-Firestone area parks and at a local high school, student suspension penalties for violence were reduced from 29 suspensions in 2012-2013 to zero in the 2016-2017 school year.
ICV's safe haven site has been crime free, violence free, and incident free of any direct threats from gangs, and is respected and honored in the community.
ICV’s Prevention Program has an 85% retention rate among enrolled students.