PACE advocates for legislation that develops comprehensive systems of care for girls at risk for delinquency, dependency or sexual exploitation; provides access to physical and mental health services; and removes barriers to education and employment for girls.
PACE Center for Girls supports a comprehensive system of care for girls at risk for delinquency, dependency and sexual exploitation. It is imperative that quality programs and services that recognize that girls need a different set of services than boys in response to the trauma they have faced.
PACE also advocates for legislation that increases the criminal penalties to traffickers and buyers, provisions addressing the demand and tools for investigation and prosecutorial work.
PACE Center for Girls advocates for a system of care that effectively evaluates the mental health needs of girls and supports legislation that increases prevention and intervention services to girls with mental health needs, increases access to appropriate mental health programs and services, and keep girls with mental health needs out of the juvenile justice system when the safety of the community is not compromised.
PACE Center for Girls also supports and actively participates in specialized courts (ex. Girls Courts) to stem the tide of girls in the juvenile justice system and urges the Florida Legislature to support the establishment and expansion of these courts.