CAASE envisions a community free from all forms of sexual exploitation, including sexual assault and the commercial sex trade.

CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. Our work includes prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services.

Our Work:

CAASE creates and implements educational curricula that encourage high-school-age men and women to work against sexual exploitation. Learn more.

CAASE advocates for legislative and policy reforms that will increase legal and social accountability for perpetrators of harm, especially sex traffickers, pimps, people who buy sex, and those who commit sexual assault. We also promote broad community support for services and resources for survivors. CAASE advises law enforcement, policy makers, and other stakeholders on best practices relating to sex trafficking, prostitution, and rape. Learn more.

CAASE works to prevent sexual exploitation by increasing public understanding of the harms inherent in the sex trade. Our approach to engagement includes research and the arts. Additionally, CAASE develops toolkits for nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools, businesses, feminist groups, and other communities and individuals who would like to take action against sexual harm. Learn more.

CAASE engages in civil litigation against perpetrators and facilitators of sexual harm and advocates for appropriate and effective criminal prosecution of perpetrators. We also advocate for public policies that increase the efficacy of criminal and civil laws pertaining to sexual violence and exploitation. Learn more.

CAASE is a registered 501c3 not-for profit organization whose work includes prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services.

CAASE is grateful to its many individual and institutional supporters, including:

  • Alphawood Foundation Chicago
  • Bridgestone America's Trust Fund
  • Chicago Bar Foundation
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • DeBoccles Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • Field Foundation
  • Full Circle Family Foundation
  • Hunt Alternatives
  • Illinois Bar Foundation
  • JEMP-D Foundation
  • Jewish Women's Foundation
  • Jo and Art Moore Family Fund of the Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois
  • The NoVo Foundation
  • Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Soroptimist International of Chicago
  • The Silver Foundation
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago