For Youth

You don’t have to do this alone. We are here to help!

CRAY supports young people, aged 11-25, with life experience in the sex trade, who want to or are forced/tricked into trading sexual acts for money, food, drugs, a place to stay, survival and more.

Advocates can help you understand your options, offer support during medical exams and police interviews and connect you to other resources.

  • Your advocate will respect your privacy.
  • CRAY is a nonjudgmental space of support.
  • All support is free and voluntary.

Call us at 414-800-CRAY (2729) to talk to an urgent advocate Sunday-Friday, 4 pm-midnight.

If you need to talk to someone outside of these hours, call:

Pathfinders’ New Paths program (Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm)

Aurora Healing & Advocacy Services’ hotline (open 24 hours)

What is an Advocate?

  • An advocate is a safe and confidential person to talk to.
  • They can be with you during medical exams and law enforcement interviews.
  • They can help you explore your options.
  • They can help you understand your rights and advocate when rights are violated.
  • They can make things more comfortable for you during medical care or when you’re talking to the police.
  • They can help you explore ways you can be safer in your life.
  • They can connect you with helpful people and resources.

What Does an Advocate Not Do?

  • An advocate does not make decisions for or pressure you into making decisions.

  • They do not share your information without consent.

  • They will not persuade you to work with or not work with law enforcement or medical providers.

  • They will not make assumptions.

  • They do not provide case management, specialized mentoring and/or supervision.

“They gave me options for when I was ready and was there to listen and support me.”

“My advocate was open and didn’t keep secrets from me.”

“My advocate treated me as an adult. They actually listened to what I had to say and took what I said seriously.”

“My advocate was the person who didn’t tell me or treat me like I was a total mess.”

“My advocate talked me through the whole process and made sure I knew what was happening.”

“For the first time in my life, someone actually listened to me.”