GEMS mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12-24, who have experienced domestic sex trafficking and sexual exploitation to exit the commercial sex industry.
Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the nation's largest non-profit organization specifically designed to serve American girls and young women who have experienced sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12-24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and to develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.
GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.
GEMS’ vision is to end the commercial exploitation and trafficking of children.
We believe that all young women have great beauty and worth, and the potential for future success. The voices and experiences of youth survivors are integral to the development and implementation of all GEMS’ programming.
1. GEMS provides critical preventive and transitional services to young women who have been sexually exploited.
2. GEMS is the nation's largest survivor-led organization of its kind.
3. GEMS is committed to building a nation - and world- where girls are celebrated, not sold.