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LETTER TO NANCY O'MALLEY AND LIBBY SCHAAF

Dear Nancy and Libby:

Do you know WHY I was asked to come help train drug treatment staff in Los Angeles county in the early 1990's?  Why Dr. James Crossen who founded the Addiction Studies program at Mission College and the National Association on Sexual Addiction came to me to develop a specialized training for staff of drug treatment programs?
Because of our work starting in 1987 to do outreach for both sex trafficking victims, as well as those who were HIV/AIDS positive, we were EFFECTIVE.  Meaning that for the first time, sex workers of all kinds started pouring into getting drug treatment, counseling, etc.,  Before they did not because of fear of being arrested if they opened up to anyone.  As a 12 step program however, we offered them confidentiality assurance.  By opening up to us, we were able to let them know if they sought help - that they were also protected from prosecution.  
So prostitutes started flooding into the treatment programs and counselors' chairs.  Onl…