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.

Human Trafficking: What You Need To Know – Focus on the Family Best of 2015

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On January 19 and 20, Shared Hope International will return to Focus on the Family radio network. Our 2-part series, Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know, was selected for the Best of 2015 lineup, airing this month. We invite you to  tune in, and invite everyone you know to tune in as well. Recently, Focus […]

Four Ways to Give to Shared Hope International

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In this season of Christmas cheer, spread a little love to Shared Hope to help us fight trafficking all year through. Here are four simple ways to donate to Shared Hope (and some won’t cost you a dime)! 1. Shop on Smile.Amazon.com When you start your shopping at smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com, you will access […]

Huffington Post: US States Are Getting Better At Combating Child Sex Trafficking

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By: Eleanor Goldberg, The Huffington Post View the original article on Huffington Post.  A number of states are cracking down on these crimes by better protecting victims, instead of criminalizing them. It remains a crime largely hidden from public view, but U.S. states are at least starting to take a more forthcoming approach to combating […]

AP: Feds nab sex traffickers in SD: ‘catching awful lot of them’

In this Oct. 27, 2015 photo, Dawn Stenberg, from the Junior League of Sioux Falls, stands near the group's anti-human trafficking billboard in Sioux Falls, S.D. While sex trafficking exists across the nation and is no more widespread here, there is something distinctive about South Dakota: About half the women in the federal cases have been Native American, a particularly vulnerable population in this state where some of the nation’s most impoverished communities are on reservations. (AP Photo/Jay Pickthorn)

By: Sharon Cohen, Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It was an anonymous two-story house with an outdoor side staircase, nothing that looked ominous to Kevin Koliner when he passed by going to and from work. On one evening stroll, the federal prosecutor heard loud noises but figured it was just a party. Later, he’d […]

NPR: States Do Better Cracking Down On Child Sex Trafficking, Report Says

Transcript: Lina Wertheimer, WUNC Interview for NPR Now we bring you some good news coming from a nonprofit group that studies the problem of child sex trafficking. A new report being released today finds many U.S. states are doing a better job of halting this crime. NPR’s justice correspondent, Carrie Johnson, got an exclusive look […]

CBN News: Anti-Trafficking Laws Make Big Gains

By: Heather Sells, CBN News A national report card that grades states on their anti-trafficking laws shows dramatic progress in the last few years. Shared Hope International‘s 5th annual Protected Innocence Challenge report card, released Wednesday, reveals that half the states are earning an A or B on their report card, and none are failing. […]

World Magazine: States improve efforts to punish sex traffickers, rescue victims

By: Gaye Clark, World Magazine When the advocacy group Shared Hope released its first report card on efforts to combat sex trafficking of America’s children, 26 states received a failing grade. This year’s report card, released Wednesday, proved a surprise to Shared Hope founder, Linda Smith. “I was excited there were no Fs,” Smith said. […]

TEXAS, MONTANA, MINNESOTA JOIN RANKS OF STRONGEST STATES IN NATION FOR CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING LAWS

Shared Hope International Releases State Report Cards to Reveal State of Trafficking Laws in U.S. WASHINGTON, D.C., Legislative advancements in 2015 scored Texas, Montana and Minnesota top spots in the nation for strongest laws to combat child sex trafficking, according to a new study by Shared Hope International. These states join Louisiana, Tennessee and Washington, […]

MICHIGAN NAMED MOST IMPROVED IN NEW STUDY ON CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING LAWS

Shared Hope International Releases State Report Cards to Reveal State of Trafficking Laws in U.S. WASHINGTON, D.C., Michigan was named the most improved state for its laws addressing child sex trafficking, according to a new study released by Shared Hope International. The Protected Innocence Challenge, a report on the state of child sex trafficking laws […]

NEW STUDY REVEALS MAJOR IMPROVEMENT IN OREGON LAWS TO FIGHT SEX TRAFFICKING

A New Study by Shared Hope International Shows Oregon’s Efforts May be Paying Off WASHINGTON, D.C., Portland is believed to have the highest rate of strip clubs per capita and has been dubbed “Pornland,” but a new study by Shared Hope International shows Oregon’s effort to crack down on trafficking may be paying off. According […]