Buyers Beware: Mobilizing to End Demand

Without consequences for their actions, buyers continue to purchase sex and remain the driving force behind this industry.  Shared Hope releases a bold new video that features law enforcement agents and prosecutors on what it takes to mobilize to end demand! “One of the critical gaps in addressing sex trafficking is the failure to address [...]

Governor Plans to Veto Sex Trafficking Law While Victim Abuses Persist in Hawaii

Current vs proposed law SB265Arlington, VA—On Monday, Hawaii Governor Ige held a press conference to announce his intent to veto SB 265 which could enact Hawaii’s first sex trafficking law. The Governor cited criticisms of the bill by opponents whose own conduct has been under scrutiny for harmful treatment of possible sex trafficking victims. Hawaii is currently the only [...]

How Tennessee Sentenced Buyer to 22 Years in Prison

derri headshot glasses final revHe wanted to buy girls "just over 8, not over 16." That’s what Michael Kohlmeyer told the person answering responses to an online ad for sex.  Thankfully for our children, the person answering the phone was actually an undercover Metro Nashville (TN) police detective. Men wanting to purchase sex with a child are, unfortunately, not [...]

Open Letter to Hawaii Gov. Ige: Establish State’s First Sex Trafficking Law

1164-004-0CD31DB5Hawaii: last state without a sex trafficking law Shared Hope International, Family Programs Hawaii, Ho ‘ōla Nā Pua, and IMUAlliance have sent a letter to Hawaii Governor Ige encouraging him to allow the enactment of SB 265, which would be the state's first sex trafficking law. Read the letter and then sign the petition here at Add your name!Urge Governor [...]


Dear John, We are on to you. If you pay for sex, you might get a child, and be guilty for your role in child sex trafficking– the abduction, rape, and slavery of children. So hear us when we say: If you shop for our children we will see that you get the justice you […]

How Arizona is Getting It Right: Four Ways the State is Tackling Trafficking By Focusing on the Buyer


Shared Hope International Releases New Study on Demand Deterrence, Enforcement, and Justice for Victims PHOENIX, ARIZONA – Sex trafficking is a crime unlike any other. It is one of the only crimes that allows a perpetrator to criminalize the victim by paying to commit the offense. In 36 states, including Arizona, child victims of sex […]

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 […]

6 Summits Challenge Refocuses Efforts in Nepal After Natural Disasters

6 SummitsBALTIMORE, MD (APRIL 30, 2015) - This morning, April 30, 2015, Nick Cienski, Mission 14 Founder and CEO and Under Armour Senior Director of Innovation, along with the Mission 14 and 6 Summits Challenge team at Everest Base Camp (EBC), have decided to discontinue climbing Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu as part of the 6 [...]

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 […]

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