Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Los Angeles County Probation Director Michelle Guymon to the California Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency of the Board of State and Community Corrections. As a committee member, Guymon will provide critical insight for state lawmakers regarding the intricate needs and challenges facing justice-involved youth.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with and advocating for youth in the juvenile justice system for over 27 years,” said Guymon. “I am honored to have been appointed to this State Advisory Committee and look forward to collaborating with stakeholders to ensure the continued support for our youth and promote the systematic change of how Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) are treated by justice systems across the state.”
Guymon is currently the Director of L.A. County Probation’s Child Trafficking Unit. She is also the project manager for Los Angeles County’s Law Enforcement First Responder Protocol for CSEC which places a priority on treating children that are trafficked as victims rather than criminals. Ms. Guymon is a frequent presenter and trainer regarding child abuse issues and strategies for working with CSEC youth in the Probation system.
“I can’t be more pleased with Governor Newsom’s choice in Michelle for this important role,” said Terri L. McDonald, Los Angeles County Chief Probation Officer. “Her experience, expertise, and passion for this work is unsurpassed by anyone else I know. I am confident in her ability to bring the epidemic of child/human sex trafficking into the public’s consciousness and to bring justice and support to its victims.”
Guymon also leads the Los Angeles County CSEC Integrated Leadership Team working with various county/community agencies to create a multi-system response model for CSEC in Los Angeles County. She is an advocate for youth and has always been passionate about her work with L.A. County Probation.
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