Susan Goldfarb, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. is the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC) in Boston, MA. In 2004, the CAC initiated the Suffolk County Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition, a multidisciplinary collaboration with the goals of improving services and safety for commercially exploited youth and increasing accountability of the adults who exploit them. SEEN has developed “Responding to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC): Guidelines for a Multidisciplinary Intervention” and has identified and assisted over 1000 exploited and high risk youth in the Greater Boston community. In 2011, together with the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, SEEN spearheaded Safe Harbor legislation in Massachusetts to ensure that child victims of commercial sexual exploitation receive services and are not treated as criminals. The Safe Harbor provisions were included in Massachusetts’ human trafficking law enacted in February 2012. SEEN is included in the Administration for Children & Families list of emerging practices to protect exploited youth, the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare’s first list of programs serving this population and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report, Blueprint: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Sex Trafficking of Girls. In 2014, SEEN, in partnership with the My Life My Choice Program @ JRI and the MA Department of Children and Families, was awarded a five-year HHS grant which includes providing training and technical assistance to support CACs across Massachusetts in developing CSEC MDTs.
Ms. Goldfarb received a BS in psychology from Brown University, and MSW from the Boston University School of Social Work. She has been a licensed independent clinical social worker since 1988. She was chair of the Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking Implementation Committee of the MA Interagency Human Trafficking Task Force and serves as Chair of the Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition.
Click on the following links to view other pages: