Fighting Sex Trafficking Head-On in Arizona: A conversation with Mesa Police Department’s Sergeant Domenick Kaufman

Mesa PDRecently, Sgt. Domenick Kaufman of the Mesa, Arizona Police Dept. was kind enough to talk to us about his work to combat sex trafficking in his state. Sgt. Kaufman goes into detail about his department’s current tactics and approaches and how organizations like Shared Hope and the Hickey Family Foundation have helped those efforts. --- [...]

Success! Three Trafficking Victims Granted Their Day in Court Against Backpage

WA Supreme CourtOn September 3, the Washington Supreme Court issued a much anticipated order that will allow three domestic minor sex trafficking victims their day in court against This marks a critical blow to the online classified giant's claims of immunity under federal law and could lead to thousands of victims gaining access to justice against [...]

Why wasn’t Jared Fogle charged with sex trafficking?

B9318695859Z.1_20150903171644_000_GFFBQ86JL.1-0About two weeks ago, Jared Fogle, famous for his Subway sandwich diet, was indicted for two serious federal sex crimes: 1) receiving and distributing child pornography and 2) traveling to engage in illicit sexual contact with a minor. (Fogle has since pleaded guilty to both offenses). (Photo: Charlie Nye/The Star) Recently, public debate questioned, ”why [...]

John Cotton Richmond

John Cotton Richmond

John Richmond is a federal prosecutor serving as the Special Litigation Counsel with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  He has investigated and prosecuted numerous victim centered labor and sex trafficking cases throughout the United States.  John has also prosecuted cross burnings, police misconduct, and neo-Nazi hate crimes cases. John’s work […]

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 […]

The CODE Campaign: Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct & the ‘#DoesYourHotelKnow?’ Campaign from ECPAT-USA

Does your hotel know?Countless arrests for cases of human trafficking occur at hotels. They are the ideal locations for pimps or traffickers to bring victims because there is anonymity, they can stay for short periods of time, and buyers of sex feel comfortable using hotels. As long as hotels are seen as an anonymous and low-risk venue for [...]

495 Child Sex Trafficking Victims Linked to; 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, 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 [...]

OVC TTAC Trafficking Webinar for Service Providers

Las-Vegas-024Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) Offers Human Trafficking Webinar Series for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Service Providers Due to the coercive and abusive nature of human trafficking, it is common for victims to experience overlapping forms of victimization, particularly domestic violence and sexual assault. [...]

Buyers Beware: Mobilizing to End Demand

Buyers Beware Placeholder ImageWithout 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 [...]

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 [...]