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. [...]

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 […]

Shared Hope Tackles Human Trafficking at Super Bowl & Scores a Big Win for Justice

Students at Grand Canyon University with Shared Hope's doll box installation on campus.An Unforgettable Announcement Students at Grand Canyon University view the doll box installation on campus. Last week Shared Hope International was in Phoenix to raise awareness about child sex trafficking through the “Children Aren’t Playthings” doll box campaign. We used the national spotlight on Phoenix and the Super Bowl to bring an unforgettable announcement that [...]

Congressional Action on Human Trafficking in the USA Urged by Women Senators

House Judiciary Committee LogoAn Urgent Appeal Today, every woman Senator in Congress (20 in total) urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing as soon as possible on the virulent issue of sex trafficking in the United States. “…there is widespread recognition that the federal government needs to do more to combat sex trafficking.” The 20 Senators [...]

Lifesize Dollbox Exposes Superbowl Fans to Sex Trafficking


Shared Hope International brings sex trafficking awareness campaign to Phoenix to highlight issue during Super Bowl WASHINGTON, D.C., Shared Hope International will erect a seven-foot tall pink doll box with the message “Children Aren’t Playthings” at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Glendale Community College, and downtown Phoenix to raise awareness of child sex trafficking, specifically […]

Human Trafficking Awareness Month: Take Action This January

Human Trafficking Awareness MonthMillions Being Trafficked As you read this, millions of women, men and children around the world are subject to the harsh reality of being trafficked. Awareness of human trafficking has gathered momentum in recent years and is now one of the key issues being addressed by governmental bodies both internationally and in the United States. In [...]

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