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 […]

For a Bullseye: Keep your Eye on the Target

Today, after over a month of debates surrounding the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA), members of the Senate announce a bi-partisan agreement. Thankfully, Senators from both sides of the aisle repeated calls for negotiations and persevered to find a creative solution.  With the proposed amendment, critical protections for survivors contained in this important […]

Virginia closes legal gap on sex trafficking

By Lindsay Raynor | Capitol News Service With the passage of House Bill 1964 and Senate Bill 1188, Virginia is the final state in the nation to enact a stand-alone law against human trafficking, officials say. Both bills were passed unanimously in the General Assembly and have been signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. […]

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 […]

Volunteer to Fight Trafficking: How Photographer Tom Fideler is Using His Skills to End Sex Slavery

sdfw4rerHow can you affect others in the fight against human sex trafficking? Several years ago, Thomas Fideler became aware of sex trafficking and educated himself on the issue. Compelled to share what he was learning, Tom began hosting awareness presentations at his church. Through these presentations, Tom met Nick and Jo Lembo, associate pastors of [...]

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 […]

Just Response State Mapping Report & Experts Council; The Interrelationship of Statutes, Systems and Services


The JuST Response Report: Analyzing state statutory protective responses Shared Hope International’s JuST Response is a survivor informed, protection-oriented research project that combines research on services for domestic minor sex trafficking victims with an analysis of state statutory protective responses. It serves to deepen knowledge of the interrelationship of statutes, systems, and services in developing […]

Inaugural Meeting of Experts Council and JuST Response State System Mapping Report Preview

image-04-03-15-12-18-2Thank you! On March 4, 2015 Shared Hope International convened the inaugural Experts Council meeting and previewed the 2015 JuST Response State System Mapping Report. The event was a success and we extend our thanks to those who attended in-person or via webcast. You can visit the JuST Response event page to view the full video of the event. [...]

Virginia General Assembly Votes Unanimously to Pass Landmark Legislation that would Establish Virginia’s First Standalone Sex Trafficking Law


Arlington, VA—Today the Virginia General Assembly unanimously passed legislation which would establish Virginia’s first standalone sex trafficking law.  Currently, Virginia is the only state in the nation without a human trafficking law. Without a sex trafficking law in place, Virginia law enforcement and prosecutors have had to rely on substitute laws and makeshift strategies to […]

Discussions on Foster Children Aging Out of System & Holes in Current Support Networks

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Discussion on Support On January 30, 2015, the American Youth and Policy Forum (AYPF) held a panel discussing the issue of foster care children emerging from the system at 18 and how organizations and departments in the United States can go about helping to prepare and support them during the transition. The panel included Michael […]

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