VISION

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

MISSION

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.

VALUES

Social and institutional systems do not adequately serve survivors of sexual violation. Sexual violation disproportionately harms people from marginalized communities, including girls and women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, people living in poverty, and immigrants and undocumented people.  To best support survivors, CAASE confronts the inequities that fuel or intersect with sexual harm. Our dedication to this work is reflected in our values.  

Dignity

We respect the inherent humanity of all people and strive to expand opportunities for personal autonomy.

Accountability

We answer to survivors and collaborate with allies as we seek to hold those responsible for harm accountable.

Progress

We create individual, institutional and cultural change by using innovative approaches to ending sexual harm. 

Equity

We commit to building a world where every person, with consideration for their intersecting identities and unique circumstances, has the same access to opportunity and power.

WORK

PREVENTION EDUCATION

CAASE creates and implements educational curricula that empower high-school-age students to help put an end to sexual violence and exploitation. Learn more.

PUBLIC POLICY AND ADVOCACY

CAASE advocates for legislative and policy reforms that provide support for survivors of sexual harm, and hold systems accountable for addressing and ultimately preventing the root causes of sexual violence. Learn more.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

CAASE encourages a better understanding of sexual harm among diverse communities and helps them take action against it. Learn more.

LEGAL SERVICES

CAASE represents survivors of sexual violence and exploitation in civil litigation, as victims’ rights representatives in the criminal justice system, and as advocates for public policies that increase the efficacy of criminal and civil laws pertaining to sexual violence and exploitation. Learn more.

SUPPORTERS

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

  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Angell Foundation
  • Chicago Bar Foundation
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Full Circle Family Foundation
  • Greer Foundation
  • Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Katie and M.E. Eccles
  • Lakshmi Foundation
  • Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois
  • NoVo Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Sherburne M. Earling Working Mothers Fund at the Chicago Community Trust
  • TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund™
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

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