Gateways Program

The Gateways Program for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children is an intensive, specialized residential program for girls, ages 12-16, who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Gateways uses a strengths-based youth development model to assist young women in gaining the skills needed to return to the community as productive, independent young adults. The only such residential program in the northeast, Gateways provides a wide range of carefully supervised and structured services such as medical treatment, intensive individual and family therapy as well as art therapy to help these young victims recover from the trauma they have experienced. This program, which serves as a model for other child care organizations across the country, has been proven to work. Most of our clients are reunited with their families and return to school, jobs and a productive life.

Gateways is funded through New York State, and is contracted through ACS and DSS. To place a youth, parents can contact their field office and request information for placement. If there is known abuse, please contact the New York State Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342-3720. If you are a mandated reporter, please call 1-800-635-1522. For guidance on how to identify and address possible abuse, see JCCA’s Child Abuse Alert or contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453.

ABC7 Here and Now: Sex Trafficking

Janmarie Brown, Director of our Gateways Program on the Pleasantville Cottage Campus, was featured in a compelling and informative segment of Here and Now. JCCA and our clients are fortunate to have Janmarie and her team leading this healing effort in what can only be described as incredibly challenging circumstances with young people who are truly desperate for our help. Read more >

Referrals

  • Accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Assessment and Treatment

  • Comprehensive assessment and treatment
  • A team of clinical professionals and highly trained caregivers
  • Services address all medical, mental health and educational needs
  • Individual, family and group counseling
  • Onsite substance abuse treatment
  • All care provided using the evidence-informed Sanctuary Model of trauma treatment

Medical Care

  • Dedicated staff provides individually tailored medical care
  • Educational workshops on a range of health-related topics (e.g., sexually transmitted diseases)

Education

  • Five hours of individually tailored educational instruction daily, provided by licensed teachers at onsite school

Recreation

  • Therapeutic range of activities that offer positive alternatives to life on the street
  • A fully-equipped gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, basketball courts, ball fields and wilderness challenge course
  • Designed to promote appropriate social skills, coping mechanisms, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as develop new talents
  • Jobs program

Aftercare

  • Linkage to a range of community-based providers, including GEMS, a community-based provider for sexually-exploited youth
  • Therapeutic foster boarding homes available

Program Staff

  • Dedicated program director
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Recreational therapist
  • Registered nurse
  • Psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Psychologist
  • Medical specialists (e.g., physicians, gynecologists and dentists)
  • Milieu staff
  • Security