Gang Violence & Human Trafficking

USIAHT & Inner City Visions

USIAHT is proud to partner with Inner City Visions from Los Angeles, CA, a national leader in fighting gang violence and human trafficking within the gang community.

Inner City Visions (ICV) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2007 in the epicenter of South Los Angeles. They engage what is statistically the most vulnerable population of at-risk and exploited youth and provide solutions to their ever-evolving hardships. Combatting human trafficking in the Florence-Firestone area of Los Angeles involves taking high-level risks and addressing the deeply engrained dysfunctions of a generationally disadvantaged and gang-influenced community. ICV is the only NGO in South Los Angeles that is built on a history of long-standing community relationships and has an in-depth understanding of how youth become vulnerable to exploitation and recruitment into the commercial sex trade.
ICV was founded by Alfred Lomas, Executive Director of Inner City Visions. Mr. Lomas is an international peacemaker, celebrated gang intervention specialist, humanitarian and social entrepreneur. He dedicated his life to breaking the cycles of poverty, addiction & gang violence. These efforts have helped bridge communities devastated by multi-generational hatred and violence. Mr. Lomas has launched new economic models from within the South Los Angeles communities to provide positive redirection, purpose, opportunity, hope and value to the residents of South Los Angeles. The anti-violence strategies have positively impacted thousands of young adults and children both locally & worldwide, including the “child gun soldiers” of Sudan. His work has been featured on CNN, ABC World News, NY Times & NPR to name a few.

The missions of ICV cover many different areas including:

Human Trafficking

In order to combat human trafficking, ICV provides immediate crisis care and empowerment services to runaway children and transitional age youth (TAY) in high crime areas of South Los Angeles.  This includes 24-Hour Immediate Crisis Care.  Runaway/homeless youth have the overwhelming burden of navigating through gang dominated areas and violent streets.  One of the primary goals of ICV’s intervention team is to prevent youth runaways from falling victim to predators and pimps.  This is done by a strong community-based outreach that implements pro-active peace-keeping/programs in areas that are high traffic areas and where teen runaways concentrate.  This includes, but is not limited to, flop houses, drug-dens, homeless encampments, and bus/metro stops. Inner City Visions provides:

  • 24 hour crisis response

  • Case management – wraparound services

  • Substance abuse services

  • Legal service

  • Mental health services

Multi-Disciplinary Teaming:

Inner City Visions’ Multi-Disciplinary Teaming (MDT) process is designed to ensure the medical, social services, and crisis response to sex trafficking is victim-centered. The team assesses the immediate needs of the victim and develops a safety plan. The goal of the MDT process is the stabilization and wellbeing of the victim, utilizing trauma informed approach and trauma specific interventions.

Urban Engagement

Here ICV strategically breaks the inter-generational cycles of poverty, addiction and gang violence by using a holistic approach that meets the unique needs of vulnerable families and children.

The Child Rescue Project / South Los Angeles

ICV provides gang intervention, immediate crisis care, prevention, intervention and empowerment to children and families who are most vulnerable to human trafficking and exploitation.

Youth Development

ICV’s program targets students/youths that are “highest at risk” for gang involved violence.  Creating opportunities for young people to connect “positively” with others and develop skills needed to make positive, healthy decisions both now and in the future, through:

  • Racial tolerance
  • Mentoring
  • Cultural enrichment field trips

Prevention Services

ICV is committed to recruit, train and empower a new generation of leaders that are the eyes and ears of the vulnerable.  ICV is a multifaceted intervention program involving several different components.  Most notably, their Crisis Intervention Specialists (CIS) team works cohesively with case managers and multi-disciplinary team members to better grasp and help refer the needed services to this population.  They are strategically located within the community of South Los Angeles to provide specific programs that meet the unique needs of children who are vulnerable to exploitation.

We assist and help youth and children by empowering them with tools and training to implement in life. We are dedicated to serving the youth with complex needs, as well as providing methods for the prevention of the exploitation of vulnerable youth and children. The following are some of the services ICV provides:

  • Alternative high school
  • Mentoring
  • Advocay
  • Job readiness
  • Employment opportunities
  • Tattoo removal
  • Empowerment work shops
  • Leadership academy
  • Medical services

Trauma-Informed Care:

Inner City Visions’ Multi-Disciplinary Teaming (MDT) process is designed to ensure the medical, social services, and crisis response to sex trafficking is victim-centered. The team assesses the immediate needs of the victim and develops a safety plan. The goal of the MDT process is the stabilization and wellbeing of the victim, utilizing trauma informed approach and trauma specific interventions.

  • Crisis intervention
  • Assessment of victims and their families
  • Identifying appropriate services
  • Enhancing supports
  • Assisting with housing, transportation, education, financial needs
  • Helping caregivers with a broader support system through support groups and other resources
  • Ensuring appropriate referrals

Community Based Intervention

ICV reduces crime and violence associated with street gangs by providing hardcore street based services including:

  • Violence interruption
  • Conflict mediation
  • Community crisis intervention
  • Rumor control
  • Family advocacy – victims of violent crimes

School Based Intervention

Many conflicts within school settings have been shown to be subsets of previous conflicts stemming from street encounters and/or rumors. Inner City Visions currently provides on campus gang intervention/prevention services at the local schools.  Their services include:

  • Safe passage
  • Coordinated crisis response
  • Park programs
  • Anti-bullying

Prevention Services for Transitional Age Youth (TAYs)

ICV provides immediate crisis care and empowerment services to runaway children and transitional age youth (TAY) in high crime areas of South Los Angeles.  Young people aging out of the foster care system often do not have the resources to transition safely and productively into their communities.  Inner City Visions offers after-care support and life skills for youth aging out of foster care.  Life skills, including job training, higher or practical education, and needs-based case management are all necessary to help ease the transition from foster care to adulthood, along with:

  • Emergency shelter
  • Mentoring
  • Advocay
  • Education/vocational training
  • Medical services

Inner City Visions is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization dedicated to gang violence reduction and youth development in Florence-Firestone since 2007. Inner City Visions is a funded partner of A BETTER LA, founded by Seattle Sea Hawks NFL head football coach Pete Carroll. ABLA unites local leaders from the private, non-profit, social service, faith-based, education and law enforcement sectors. It’s mission is to strategically break the inter-generational cycles of poverty, addiction and gang violence by using a holistic approach that meets the unique needs of vulnerable families and children. Learn more at innercityvisions.org.