You’ve been busy! We’re currently tracking over 200 bills in nearly 40 states that will change the landscape of child sex trafficking in America. We couldn’t have done this without you! Thank you for taking your state Report Card to your legislator and encouraging policy reform. Thank you for creating petitions to call on your legislator to prioritize this issue. Thank you for hosting community meetings to discuss how you want to bring change to YOUR state! In November 2012 we’ll release the 2nd Annual Protected Innocence Challenge Report. We’re hopeful that many states will have raised their grade. Until then, keep up the good fight!
The Global Movement
Call us over-achievers, but we’re just getting started! Last week Linda Smith, President and Founder of Shared Hope, presented the keynote address at a gala in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to raise awareness and funds to combat sex trafficking in the state. With the funds they raised, Baton Rouge has purchased a home for girls 17 years and older to serve as a shelter and caring environment for the young women to heal from victimization. Shared Hope’s policy director participated in a panel discussion on international human trafficking hosted by the American Bar Association in New York City. We joined the Victims’ Rights Caucus in Washington, D.C. to present the issue of sex trafficking in America to inform and inspire new advocates. We recently hosted the State of Change dinner for Washington advocates and anti-trafficking leaders to celebrate the state’s committment and progress in ending child sex trafficking, most notably through its recent effort to end the online facilitation of child trafficking.