About Taryn

Taryn Offenbacher is Director of Communications and joined Shared Hope International in 2009. She has completed field research and authored reports on the sex trafficking of U.S. citizen minors in Arizona and Virginia. Her ongoing concentration in leveraging social and digital media to generate awareness has resulted in extensive coverage and awareness of the dynamics of child sex trafficking in the U.S.

2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Released | How America Measures Up on Key Issues

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Today, the U.S. Department of State released the 15th annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. This report collects information from U.S. embassies, government officials, nongovernmental and international organizations, published reports, news articles, studies and research to evaluate each country’s action  to combat trafficking through the three P’s: Prevention, Prosecution, and Protection. The Department places each country […]

495 Child Sex Trafficking Victims Linked to Backpage.com; Visa, MasterCard, AmEx Cut Ties With Site

card3WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express announced that the companies will no longer be a payment option on Backpage.com, an online classified site highly criticized for its role in facilitating child sex trafficking. According to Shared Hope International, 495 victims of child sex trafficking in 46 states and D.C. have been [...]

Thank you for making another year of freedom possible.

kpjlDear Supporters, June 30 is a big day for us. It’s the day we close the books on the previous fiscal year and put the finishing touches on our financial commitments to restoration partners for the year ahead. It’s an exciting day at the Shared Hope offices. And we start months in advance. Our program [...]

Congress Passes Landmark Bill: Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act


Arlington, VA—Today, in a landmark legislative victory, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate package of S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. The bill will be sent to President Obama to be signed into law. Shared Hope International has actively supported the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act since initially introduced […]

Our Relief Efforts in Nepal

nepal-24Providing Emergency Aid and Rebuilding Village of Hope for Women and Children In 2002,  Shared Hope built a Village of Hope, Asha Nepal (translated Hope Nepal), to serve as a permanent home for women and children who were fleeing from situations of sex trafficking.  At that time, most had been trafficked from Nepal to India [...]

Senators Pass Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act After Much Debate


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Arlington, VA— Shared Hope International applauds the Senate, particularly the leadership of Senators John Cornyn, Patty Murray and Harry Reid, for reaching a bi-partisan agreement that passed with a 99-0 vote and moved the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) forward to the House of Representatives. The amendment ensures that law […]

Virginia’s First Sex Trafficking Law

Arlington, VA— On Wednesday, April 15, the Kids Are Not For Sale in Virginia Coalition held a joint press conference with Delegate Tim Hugo and Senator Mark Obenshain in Richmond to officially announce the enactment of HB 1964 and SB 1188, establishing Virginia’s first standalone sex trafficking law. Companion bills HB 1964 and SB 1188 […]

Virginia: Last State In Nation to Establish a Human Trafficking Law


Arlington, VA— Today, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed SB 1188 and HB 1964 into law, officially establishing Virginia’s first standalone sex trafficking law. “This is a landmark legislative victory for Virginia which until today, was the only state in the nation without a human trafficking law,” Linda Smith, President and Founder of Shared Hope International […]

Shared Hope Tackles Human Trafficking at Super Bowl & Scores a Big Win for Justice

Students at Grand Canyon University with Shared Hope's doll box installation on campus.An Unforgettable Announcement Students at Grand Canyon University view the doll box installation on campus. Last week Shared Hope International was in Phoenix to raise awareness about child sex trafficking through the “Children Aren’t Playthings” doll box campaign. We used the national spotlight on Phoenix and the Super Bowl to bring an unforgettable announcement that [...]

How One Man Used Marketing to Bring Buyers to Justice – And Why He’s Not So Different From You…


Jason Kowal, Principal and Co-Founder of Global Thinking had a good reason to get involved. Two daughters. In the spring of 2014, Shared Hope contacted Jason and his team about helping launch the Demanding Justice Project campaign website, a site that serves to expose buyers convicted of purchasing sex with minors. At the conclusion of […]

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