Outreach – goal is diverting the ladies out of the clubs and off the streets (out of the adult entertainment & sex industry)
Diversion – a diversion program designed to assist prostituted women by providing them with services such as support groups; life skills, self esteem, business and educational classes; counseling; pro-social activities; & court advocacy.
Prestige Diversions, Inc. is an organization that reaches out to and provides services for exotic dancers, prostituted women and sexually exploited children to assist them in successfully restoring their lives. We accomplish this by day and nighttime outreaches to adult entertainment clubs, the streets of metropolitan Atlanta in areas heavily populated by prostituted women and areas used to recruit & exploit vulnerable children, by providing a diversion program that offers ladies an alternative to jail, as well as an opportunity to learn valuable life skills that will assist them in successfully transitioning out of the sex industry. We also partner with several organizations, including local government courts, law enforcement and others who refer ladies to our program. Prestige Diversions also partners with various organizations to fight the commercial sexual exploitation of children and help restore the lives of these victims.
ENTRY INTO & DETERMINATION OF LENGTH OF DIVERSION PROGRAM
Ladies who enter the diversion program enter through several avenues:
- REFERRAL BY PROBATION OFFICER & THE COURTS
- REFERRAL BY LAW ENFORCEMENT
- DIRECTLY FROM OUR STREET OUTREACH
- REFERRAL BY OTHERS FAMILIAR WITH OUR PROGRAM
Those who are referred by the probation officer follow a set course of classes, activities, and sessions and work closely with Prestige and probation to ensure the ladies are following the guidelines for the program. The program is a six month program that ends when their probation period end. We will offer after care services for up to one year following successful completion of the program. Failing to adhere to the program set forth by Prestige can result in ladies being disciplined through court action, including re-arrest.
The second group of ladies are referred by law enforcement. Law enforcement here is defined as detectives, arresting officers or those officers familiar with our program. Depending on the status of their case, these ladies’ programs are also based on their sentence (if probation – it follows the guidelines of group one). If they have not yet been sentenced and the client agrees to enter the program before her court date, we will advocate on her behalf when she has to reappear at court to request that she receive a sentence of probation to participate in our program.
Another group of ladies enter the diversion program as a result of direct contact with them on the streets (during our monthly street outreaches), through a call to our office (whether it is from them or a concerned friend, relative or member of World Changers), or as a result of our community partners like the CSEC Task Force and Georgia Care Connection, which are aware that we are one of the few organizations working with adults.
All participants will follow a similar structure:
*Initial assessment & interview
*In- depth assessment (including psychological & medical exams and drug screens)
*Support groups and classes (phased activities which consist of mentorship, counseling, enhancing self esteem, educational and career assessment, financial literacy classes, drug and alcohol recovery, and assistance with job placement.
Our ladies will be either on a 12 week program, with the opportunity to continue for the entire 6 months or for the 6 month period dictated by the courts and supervised by probation. Our program will also include aftercare.
For additional information on our Diversion program and the specific classes and resources available, or to refer someone to our program, please contact Sheryl Merritt, our Diversion Program Coordinator at (800)910-1707 or (770)210-5888.