Not All Are Free

Not All Are Free

As a kid, I was always told that “America is a free country.” Every year, people in the United States take July 4th to commemorate the adoption of the declaration of independence in 1776. This moment in 1776 was truly remarkable, and it changed the course of history forever. Founded on the belief that all [...]

Thank You Walt Schulcz

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We would like to take time this month to affirm and recognize a true Defender and an incredibly influential Ambassador of Hope.  Through his actions, Walt Schulcz has shown that he is a true Defender that brings a message of hope to all. Over time, Walt has influenced thousands of people. From schools to churches, [...]

Thank You Chris Gay

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The following Blog Post was written by Defenders Co-Chairman, Nick Lembo. In fighting Sex Trafficking, one man can make a difference.  One man heard me speak in Washington DC, and things changed for the Defenders USA in fighting sex trafficking. The smallest of actions can add up to major changes in our culture. What might [...]

Defenders Super Bowl Campaign

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How many of you have heard of the Super Bowl? Alright, who I am I kidding? Everyone has! Great food, the most creative ad campaigns of the year, and great football­—it’s pretty hard to miss. Millions of people participate in this day. According to a 2013 Retail Advertising and Marketing Association survey, approximately 75% of [...]

Take Action: The Power of Accountability

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Love. Care. Tenderness. Support. These are all character qualities that are essential to the Defenders. These qualities in my mind all describe one important value of the Defenders: accountability. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, accountability means “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.” I always grew up with the term “brother’s [...]

Take Action: The Power of Renting Lacy

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In September of 2012, I found myself reading Renting Lacy. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. Despite the warning at the beginning of the book telling me that it has very tough content, I thought I could handle it. I thought to myself, I can do this. This will be a one-sitting [...]

Take Action: The Power of Social Media

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 Social Media has grown substantially in the past few years. Facebook now has over 1 billion users. Many people have over 1,000 connections on Facebook. Twitter is rapidly increasing its user base; celebrities, politicians, and even the pope himself are using Twitter to get their message out. All around the globe, Social Media is being [...]

Eradicating the Commercial Sex Elephant in the Room

Guest Blog Post by Dale Rylander (Defenders Captain) When I try to get my head around the scope and complexity of the commercial sex issue I feel like a blind man encountering an elephant (the leg is a tree, the tail is a rope, the trunk is a snake, the ear is a fan and [...]

“Concert for the Innocent” – Vancouver, WA

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Announcing the “Concert for the Innocent” a benefit/awareness concert supporting victims of child trafficking The Defenders USA and Shared Hope will be hosting a free concert with local Vancouver and Portland bands to raise awareness about the issue of ending demand for domestic minor sex trafficking. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates [...]

Dreamworks “Turbo” – ‘Pimp My Shell’ Activism Victory

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Recently, one of our Defenders Captains, Richard Aronson, sent a letter to DreamWorks Animation Studios asking them to stop using the term “pimp my shell” in the promotion, trailers, and animated film “Turbo”. This is a great example of how one person, or a small group of people, can make significant social and cultural change. [...]

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