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Address: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Countries served: United States
Geographic scope: National

Phone: 773-244-2230
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: thecaase
Twitter: @thecaase
EIN (Guidestar profile): 26-0220074

Type: Anti-trafficking
Status: Active
Faith-based: No
Adult focused (NSFW): No
Sex work positive: No
Female led: Yes
Sex worker led: No

About Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

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.

End Demand Illinois: A Local Campaign with National Influence

CAASE is the lead agency for End Demand Illinois (EDI), a multi-year statewide campaign that seeks to transform our community’s response to prostitution. EDI is working to end the routine arrest and re-arrest of women and girls in prostitution and instead proposes a statewide system of supportive services for survivors of the sex trade. In addition, EDI advocates for new tools and resources to allow law enforcement to begin arresting, charging, and prosecuting pimps, traffickers, and customers who create the demand for the sex trade. Illinois is receiving national attention for these innovative approaches.

The goals of End Demand Illinois are:

Holding traffickers, pimps, and the people who buy commercial sex accountable for their crimes and deterring them from future trafficking and prostitution offenses.

Proposing a network of support so prostituted and trafficked people receive comprehensive, specialized supportive services to address their complex needs and provide meaningful alternatives to prostitution.

Educating Illinois residents, elected officials, policy makers, and opinion leaders about the realities of prostitution and trafficking so they are moved to take action against demand.

Public facts about Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation


2013 – $885,391.00 (Salaries Paid $451,550.00)

2012 – $696,214.00 (Salaries Paid $498,019.00)

2011 – $613,013.00 (Salaries Paid $431482.00


Art Works Project:

Buy Art Not People:

Center for the Human Rights of Children:

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center:

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless- Prostitution Alternatives Round Table:

Chicago Foundation For Women:

The Dreamcatcher Foundation:

Heart Women and Girls Project:

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault:

International Organization for Adolescents:

International Human Rights Law Institute:

Malia Designs:

National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore:

National Runaway Switchboard:


Project I.R.E.N.E.: [email protected]

Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment:

Protestants For the Common Good:

Rape Victim Advocates:

Salvation Army’s Partnership to Rescue Our Minors From Sexual Exploitation (PROMISE):

Salvation Army STOP IT:

Schiller Ducantu and Fleck Family Law Center @ DePaul University:


Traffick Free:

Voices and Faces Project:

YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago:

National Allies

Call and Response:

A Call To Men:

Captive Daughters:

Counter Quo:

Demand Abolition:


FAIR Girls:

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS):

Global Centurion:


i stop traffic:

Love 146:

Men Can Stop Rape:

MensWork Inc.:

My Life My Choice

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: National Council of Jewish Women:

National Organization of Men Against Sexism:

National Runaway Switchboard:

Nomi Network:

Not for Sale:

Open Lens Media:

Polaris Project:

Prostitution Research and Education:

Sex Trafficking Survivors United

Stop Porn Culture:

Truckers Against Trafficking:

Veronica’s Voice:

International Allies

Abolish Slavery Coalition:

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women:

End Prostitution Now, a campaign of the Glasgow, Scotland, City Council:

Fundacion Rehab

Sharedhope International:

Temple Committee Against Human Trafficking:

People involved with Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

Kaethe Morris Hoffer

Executive Director

Lynne Johnson

Policy Director

Sheerine Alemzadeh

Karen Beilstein

Operations Manager

Katie Gaughan

Staff Attorney

Veronica Svendsen

Project Administrator, Legal Services

Caleb Probst


Leena Saleh

Communications Manager

Sex work focus for Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

Street Escort

Sex worker demographics focus for Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

Female Trafficked

Women who have been arrested for Prostitution

Services offered by Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation



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


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.


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.


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.

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