Sacramento, Calif., (January 26, 2016) – Nearly 100 people gathered Monday night to celebrate the work of two leaders in Sacramento who have demonstrated significant leadership and focus to putting an end to child sex trafficking. The Sacramento County Probation Department and The California Endowment co-hosted a reception at The California Museum to honor the two Sacramento County juvenile justice representatives who recently received prestigious statewide awards presented annually by the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC).
The reception, held during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, recognized the Honorable Stacy Boulware Eurie, a Sacramento County Superior Court Judge who received the Judicial Officer of the Year award. She was appointed to the bench in 2007 and has been the Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court since 2010. Judge Boulware Eurie currently serves on the California Child Welfare Council and on numerous committees and commissions that serve children and youth in the child welfare and foster care system. Sacramento County Deputy Probation Officer Tydamika Sasser was also honored for receiving the CPOC’s Award of Excellence. Officer Sasser has held positions and assignments in various divisions of the Youth Detention Facility, Juvenile Court Investigations, and Juvenile Field.
“The recognition that Officer Sasser and I have received is a testament to the sincere commitment of Sacramento County and the work that we are doing with and for this dynamic population of youth,” said Judge Boulware Eurie, during her remarks at the reception. “I am here, and off the bench, first and foremost to say thank you for this wonderful honor and to reiterate my commitment to assisting in the development of a comprehensive and collaborative response to the gut-wrenching, diverse, and complicated experiences of youth who are sexually exploited.”
“The statewide recognition of Sacramento County’s very own champions of change is a reminder that while slavery endures in the United States, change begins in our local communities,” said Leticia Alejandrez, Communications Director for The California Endowment. “The Endowment partnered with the Human Rights for Girls’ No Such Thing campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking, and points out that there really is no such thing as a child prostitute; there are only trafficking victims and survivors. We commend the leadership in Sacramento around these efforts.”
The reception also featured guest speaker Leah Albright-Byrd, a trafficking survivor who is also the current Executive Director of Bridget’s Dream, a Sacramento non-profit that provides support to victims, survivors, and their families.
“These two women… are freedom fighters. They, along with many other amazing advocates, are changing the future of our city and how we respond collectively to fight the enslavement of our children,” said Albright-Byrd. “I’ve marveled at the way I’ve seen youth and women supported in this region.”
The California Endowment works in partnership with Human Rights for Girls, a national organization that launched the No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute campaign. To learn more, visit www.rights4girls.org.
About The California Endowment
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at www.calendow.org