Mission Statement

The Georgia Statewide Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Multidisciplinary Team (CSEC MDT) ECHO exists to strengthen the interagency coordination and response to situations involving Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking/Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (DMST/CSEC) in an effort to optimize services provided to victims and to hold offenders accountable for their criminal actions.


Purpose

The Georgia Statewide CSEC Multidisciplinary Team abides by the standards set forth by the National Children’s Alliance and Child Advocacy Centers of GA. Vetted and approved team members adhere to the confidentiality agreement in regards to information shared on cases of suspected DMST/CSEC. The purpose of the meetings is to facilitate the exchange of information amongst team members with the ultimate goal being a coordinated multi-agency response to the investigation, prosecution, treatment and management of DMST/CSEC cases which minimizes further trauma to the victim and family. The communication amongst team members helps to determine gaps in service for the victim, provides members with updates, and prevents duplication of efforts. Each agency maintains ultimate authority for decisions appropriate to its role in the community, though the decision making within the individual agencies may be informed by the views of the team.

The CSEC MDT facilitators are staff members of Georgia Cares and Children’s Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children. MDT facilitators work to ensure open communication amongst team members, to foster respect for differences, and assist in the coordination of activities central to the functioning of the CSEC MDT and its mission.

The CSEC MDT utilizes the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model. Project ECHO is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians to provide better care to more people, right where they live. Project ECHO focuses on case-based learning combined with traditional didactic presentations. The Project ECHO model increases access to specialty consultation, facilitates professional interaction with colleagues, and offersContinuing Education Credits.

Meet the Team

Georgia Cares Partners:
Whitney Blackwell, LMSW
Sally Chelliah, LMSW
Heather Stockdale, CEO 

Physicians:
V. Jordan Greenbaum, MD
Stephen Messner, MD FAAP 

Specialist:
Tina Cook,MA,NCC 

Program Coordinator:
Charlotte Guest