New Paths

Raises community awareness and provides specialized services for victims of sexual exploitation.

New Paths provides specialized services to young people ages 25 and under, who have experienced sexual exploitation and informs community awareness and response through the perspectives of harm reduction, positive youth development, and trauma informed care.

The challenges that our youth face increase the risks of becoming involved in sex exploitation  -- homelessness, poverty, family dysfunction, childhood sexual abuse or other trauma, and a lack of social support [1].  Further, within Milwaukee’s vulnerable populations there are personal characteristics that may make a young person even more susceptible to sex trafficking, namely being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or genderqueer/gender non-conforming (LGBTQ), and being a person of color.[2] [3]

The New Paths Program offers youth anti-violence advocacy, which includes accompanying a youth to medical exams, law enforcement interviews, court appearances or other tasks that require support; crisis counseling and ongoing therapy; street outreach advocacy, which identifies and screens exploited youth who live on the street and offers them basic needs and ongoing resources through our Drop-In Center; and case management which connects youth with housing, employment or educational resources. All services aim to provide a comprehensive team to support young people to increase their safety and stability, and to reduce their risk of sexual exploitation.

 “She was homeless and was trading sex for food and a place to stay. She would engage in services at Pathfinders for a few weeks and then disappear for a month. When she was gone, although she did not stay connected to other services, she would continue to reach out to her New Paths team for support and resources. We assisted her in safety planning and reducing the harm of any dangerous situations, exploring all her options, finding housing, navigating the legal system, and building her support network. She now has the foundation, resources, and tools to work towards her goals."   
- Tricia Lewis, New Paths Program Manager

[1] Retrieved on 5-5-16 from: https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/human-trafficking-americas-schools/risk-factors-and-indicators

[2] Martinez O, Kelle G. Sex Trafficking of LGBT Individuals: A Call for Service Provision, Research, and Action. The international law news. 2013;42(4):sex_trafficking_lgbt_individuals.

[3] Retrieved on 5-5-16 from: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2015/04/bridging-minority-health-and-human-trafficking

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New Paths provides specialized services to young people ages 25 and under, who have experienced sexual exploitation and informs community awareness and response through the perspectives of harm reduction, positive youth development, and trauma informed care.

The challenges that our youth face increase the risks of becoming involved in sex exploitation  -- homelessness, poverty, family dysfunction, childhood sexual abuse or other trauma, and a lack of social support [1].  Further, within Milwaukee’s vulnerable populations there are personal characteristics that may make a young person even more susceptible to sex trafficking, namely being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or genderqueer/gender non-conforming (LGBTQ), and being a person of color.[2] [3]

The New Paths Program offers youth anti-violence advocacy, which includes accompanying a youth to medical exams, law enforcement interviews, court appearances or other tasks that require support; crisis counseling and ongoing therapy; street outreach advocacy, which identifies and screens exploited youth who live on the street and offers them basic needs and ongoing resources through our Drop-In Center; and case management which connects youth with housing, employment or educational resources. All services aim to provide a comprehensive team to support young people to increase their safety and stability, and to reduce their risk of sexual exploitation.

 “She was homeless and was trading sex for food and a place to stay. She would engage in services at Pathfinders for a few weeks and then disappear for a month. When she was gone, although she did not stay connected to other services, she would continue to reach out to her New Paths team for support and resources. We assisted her in safety planning and reducing the harm of any dangerous situations, exploring all her options, finding housing, navigating the legal system, and building her support network. She now has the foundation, resources, and tools to work towards her goals."   
- Tricia Lewis, New Paths Program Manager

[1] Retrieved on 5-5-16 from: https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/human-trafficking-americas-schools/risk-factors-and-indicators

[2] Martinez O, Kelle G. Sex Trafficking of LGBT Individuals: A Call for Service Provision, Research, and Action. The international law news. 2013;42(4):sex_trafficking_lgbt_individuals.

[3] Retrieved on 5-5-16 from: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2015/04/bridging-minority-health-and-human-trafficking