Youth Trafficking Committee - November 8, 2017 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm
25 Van Ness Avenue
Room 330A
San Francisco, CA 94102

Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking

Youth Trafficking Committee Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm



Frances Asha, SF District Attorney; Mollie Brown, Huckleberry Youth Services; Rachael Chambers, Department on the Status of Women; Tonya Chaffee, CASARC UCSF; Saerom Choi, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach; Ifasina Clear, Young Women’s Freedom Center; Melinda Clemmons, Chronicle of Social Change; Jen Daly, Legal Services for Children; Carly Devlin, Huckleberry Youth Services; Darian Eastman, Not for Sale; Danielle Fluker, SF Adult Probation; Sabrina Forte, Bay Area Legal Aid; Emily Hinsey, Love Never Fails; Katie Hoch, Not for Sale, Minouche Kandel, Department on the Status of Women; Rebecca Marcus, SF Public Defender; Olivia McCarrick, SF Public Defender; Elisabet Medina, Safe and Sound; Katie Morell, Chronicle on Social Change; Mirelle Raza, District Attorney Victim Services; Angelina Romano, SFUSD; Mary Steiner, UN Association USA, San Francisco; Alia Whitney-Johnson, Freedom FWD; Karina Zhang, Family and Children’s Services  


I. Welcome, Introductions/Check-In, Agenda Review            


II. September 13, 2017 minutes were approved [Marcus/Kandel]    


III. Announcements

  • UCSF/CASARC: With construction underway, there is still a commitment to providing child and adolescents with resources, and staff is working with the Homeless Parental Program (HPP) to ensure that appointments can still be accessible
  •  Human Rights Day: December 10 is Human Rights Day, and the UN is partnering with organizations in San Francisco to acknowledge the role of technology in the conversation on human rights


IV. Voting on 2018 Chairs of MTF, Youth Committee

Alia Whitney-Johnson and Ifasina Clear were elected unanimously as co-chairs; additionally, Alia proposes maintaining meeting times once every 2 months, without conflicting with the general task force (no formal vote, no objections)


V. Exercise in Engaging Youth Leaders: Working to Center Youth in the Task Force

Ifasina Clear and Alia Whitney-Johnson facilitated a three-part session on engaging youth leaders:

  1. Discussion: Relating to young people in different ways
  2. Roleplay Breakout Session
  3. Question and Answers


VI. Closing Activity: Head, Heart, Feet

What did you learn, what are you feeling, and what are you going to take with you?

  • Head – What did you learn?
    • Importance of language
    • Code-switching
    • Ageism/power/hierarchy
    • How will this participation be worth it
  • Heart – What are you feeling?
    • Excited for the Youth Advisory Board
    • Frustrated that it’s taken 4 years to find a way to start a Youth Advisory Board
    • Apprehensive about confidentiality and how it will play out
  • Feet – What will you take with you?
    • Taking the ideas/activities from this to apply to other meetings
    • Intentionality of language and approach