Mission: The mission of the Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (WAASE) is to develop prevention and intervention strategies designed to reduce/eliminate sexual exploitation and human trafficking in greater Worcester. We identify and respond to victims, traffickers, buyers and facilitators in order to improve the health and wellness of our community.

Vision: We strive for a community that recognizes sex trafficking as a crime induced by force, fraud, or coercion; considers traffickers, buyers and facilitators criminals; and treats victims and survivors with dignity and respect.

The Alliance: WAASE was established in 2012 to build a system of support for women involved in sex trafficking. Through work groups and quarterly meetings, a Memorandum of Understanding was developed to outline the agreements and expectations of participating agencies and organizations.

Agencies: The following agencies have joined the Alliance

Adcare Hospital

AIDS Project Worcester

Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England)

City of Worcester Division of Public Health (WDPH)

City of Worcester Office of Human Rights

City of Worcester Police Department (WPD)

Community Legal Aid

Community Healthlink (CHL)

Jeremiah’s Inn

New England Dream Center

Pathways for Change

RIA House

Southeast Asian Coalition

South Middlesex Opportunity Council

Spectrum Health Systems

The Woo Church

Worcester County Food Bank

YWCA of Central Massachusetts

Outreach Workers: Spectrum has hired two Community Outreach and Engagement Specialists, Melissa Tarallo and Kathy Gervais, who are responsible for targeting female victims of sex trafficking in the City of Worcester and connecting them to appropriate services.  Melissa and Kathy will also be educating the public about the sex trafficking and exploitation, recruiting participants, and networking with community-based organizations in collaboration with peer volunteers.

If you know of women who will benefit from their services, please do not hesitate to contact them.

Kathy Gervais                                                                                                    Email: Gervais.Kathy@spectrumhealthsystems.org                                                                                             Phone: 508-723-3812

Melissa Tarallo                                                                                              Email: Melissa.Tarallo@spectrumhealthsystems.org                                                                                         Phone: 508-868-3222


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