Past, Present & Future
CASH was created by Sacramento Police officers, former sex workers, professors, Oak Park residents and a business district in response to an increase in prostitution activity and the futile cycle of arrests, re-arrests and imprisonment. A needs assessment identified a “safe and non-judgmental” space where women could receive support, referrals, food, and basic health care assistance. As a result, Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH) was created in 2008.
Today, CASH provides services at our Center for Women in Oak Park and information to the community about the serious causes and consequences of commercial sexual exploitation. Central to the mission of CASH is the philosophy of peer-based, harm reduction mentoring. Peer mentors, many who are former sex industry workers, inspire hope by doing street-level outreach and providing non-judgmental support to women. To hear from one of our Peer Mentors, Click Here.
We are very proud of our RESET (Reducing Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking) prostitution diversion program, developed in collaboration with the District Attorney's Office and the Office of the Public Defender. We are also making a measurable impact on the lives of sex-trafficking victims in our region through our comprehensive Opening Doors anti-trafficking program.
Finally, we are strengthening families through our Healthy Women, Healthy Families program in partnership with City of Refuge, Chicks in Crisis, and Dignity Health. We provide full support to pregnant women with the goal of a healthy baby and a prepared mom.
Looking forward, we plan to continue educate law enforcement and the public about demand centered strategies that work to reduce the prevalence of prostitution in our communties and to help reduce instances of homelessness for the women we serve.