Remarks by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in Bestowing the John Anson Ford Award to the S.T.A.R. Court
“I am pleased to present the Second District’s Human Relations Award to the S.T.A.R. Court, which stands for “Succeeding Through Achievement and Resilience”.
“This is an exemplary program that has demonstrated the effective application of a restorative justice approach in the commercial sexual exploitation of children by addressing the needs of victims as survivors, not criminals.
“S.T.A.R. Court operates out of the Compton Courthouse and is led by the vision, compassion and energy of its founder, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Catherine J. Pratt, who is in the audience today.
“Judge Pratt’s S.T.A.R. Court has worked with more than 300 youth ages 12-18, providing specialized trauma-informed care and linking youth to appropriate resources, making a life-saving difference for survivors of child sex trafficking.
“In 2015, more than 60% of youth who went through S.T.A.R. Court who were high school seniors graduated – a number that is higher than the graduation rate for the general foster care population.
“Congratulations to S.T.A.R. Court on this award.”