Begoña Guereca

San Rafael

Begoña Guereca is a double Bruin, graduating with her bachelors in Political Science and a Masters in Public Policy from UCLA. As the 2014-2015 Luskin Leaders Fellow she worked on sex trafficking issues for the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations County. Through her fellowship she was able to partner with STAR court which is a Los Angles Superior Courthouse in order to establish metrics and data mine 100+ commercially sexually exploited minors (CSEC) juvenile case files. In order to accomplish this she managed and trained 12 interns that assisted with the data collection. She also wrote a grant proposal that secured $2,000 in funding to hire graduate interns and purchase software. As a part of her fellowship and in conjunction with her Masters thesis she conducted qualitative and quantitative analysis of the programing and general demographics of commercially sex exploited children (CSEC) within Los Angeles County. She was also able to produce 16 geographical informational system (GIS) maps showing arrest hot spots within LAC and the demographic breakdown of the neighborhoods that CSEC minors originated from.These were used to (1) identify which law enforcement offices/ hospitals to we needed to investigate their CSEC protocols; (2) create a holistic picture of the neighborhoods these minors were raised in. For our thesis, we crafted strategic policy and programmatic changes to effectively reintegrate 3,000 CSEC within LAC. She presented her findings from her thesis and fellowship to Weingart Foundation, California Endowment, and Wells Fargo Foundation which directly led to securing the continuation of my work through a 2nd UCLA Luskin Sex Trafficking Fellow. The results of her work are being published as a chapter in California Policy Options 2016 and as the basis for the LAC Commission on Human Relation’s 2016 report of commercial sexual exploitation within LAC.

  • Education
    • UCLA, BA Political Science
    • UCLA Masters in Public Policy