The Deschutes County Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Response Team is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of agencies working together to coordinate and leverage resources to provide a comprehensive approach to child sex trafficking and services to victims and survivors. The Response Team works to: identify and recover victims of sex trafficking; proactively investigate, identify, apprehend, and prosecute those engaged in sex trafficking; and provide trauma-informed, victim centered services to restore those impacted by child sexual exploitation.
The CSEC Response Team is coordinated by the at: project (anti-trafficking project) – a program of J Bar J Youth Services. Visit the CSEC Response Team’s website.
Law Enforcement Partners
- Bend Police Department
- Redmond Police Department
- Deschutes County Sherriff’s Office
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Law enforcement’s role in the Deschutes County CSEC Response Team is to conduct criminal investigations into allegations of sex trafficking to determine if a crime has occurred. The law enforcement partners also provide a coordinated team response whose members bring a diversity of knowledge, background and training to the investigations.
- Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office
- Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Division
- Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, Victim’s Assistance Program
The Legal Partners represent Deschutes County in criminal cases of sex trafficking. The determination as to whether to proceed on a federal or state level is at the discretion of the prosecutors. The legal partners also provide a coordinated team approach to assessing the cases based on their diverse base of knowledge and experience.
Government Agency Partners
- Deschutes County Juvenile Community Justice
- Oregon Department of Human Services – Child Welfare
- Deschutes County Health Services & Deschutes County Behavioral Health
- Bend La Pine School District
- High Desert ESD
Government Agency Partners collaborate with Response Team members to facilitate the identification, screening, and referral of disclosed or potential cases of CSEC within their agency roles. In some cases, Government agency partners may also have essential roles in service coordination and provision.
Service Provider Partners
- J Bar J Youth Services, at: project
- KIDS Center
- Government Agency & Victim’s Assistance Service Providers
The Service Provider Partners provide services to victims / survivors of sex trafficking and related crimes for individuals under age 18 (or up to age 24 if designated by the agency) regardless of immigration status. Service Provider Partners work together to provide a comprehensive and coordinated response – in conjunction with legal, law enforcement and government agency partners – in a trauma-informed and victim-centered approach to: safety planning; forensic investigation; victim’s assistance and resources; advocacy & case management; health care & behavioral health; housing and other basic needs.