Why Some State’s Stricter Laws are Creating a Threat of Trafficking for Others

New Study by Shared Hope International Reveals One of America’s Greatest Threats Is Going Dangerously Unaddressed WASHINGTON, D.C., Child sex trafficking affects an estimated 100,000 American children each year. While many states have worked aggressively to combat the crime by strengthening state laws, several states have slipped dangerously behind the nation, according to a new [...]

2014 State Grades on Child Sex Trafficking Laws Exposes Growing Gap Between States

Media Contacts: Taryn Offenbacher, 602.818.3955, Taryn@sharedhope.org ***MEDIA ALERT*** 2014 State Grades on Child Sex Trafficking Laws Exposes Growing Gap Between States October 29, 2014 (Washington D.C.) On November 6, in Washington, D.C., Shared Hope International will release the 4th Annual Protected Innocence Challenge—the most comprehensive study on state child sex trafficking laws. The findings will [...]

Congressman Frank Wolf Receives Shared Hope’s Lifetime Pathbreaker Award for Anti-Trafficking Efforts

Shared Hope International will honor Congressman Wolf for lifetime dedication to eradicating trafficking ARLINGTON, VA. – Congressman Frank Wolf (VA-10) has been named a 2014 Lifetime Pathbreaker Award recipient for his continuous leadership in combatting child sex trafficking. Congressman Wolf is one of the House of Representatives’ leading crusaders for human rights. He believes members [...]

Marian Hatcher Recieves Shared Hope Pathbreaker Award for Anti-Trafficking Leadership

Shared Hope International honors Marian Hatcher for dedication to fighting demand for sex trafficking ARLINGTON, VA. – Marian Hatcher, Project Manager at the Sheriff’s Women’s Justice Programs for the Cook County Sherriff’s Office, has been named a 2014 Pathbreaker Award recipient for her determined leadership in pursuing the buyers of sex trafficking. Marian Hatcher escaped [...]

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson Receives Shared Hope Pathbreaker Award for Anti-Trafficking Leadership

Shared Hope International honors Brendan Johnson for prioritizing the prosecution of buyers of sex trafficking ARLINGTON, VA. – Brendan Johnson, U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota has been named a 2014 Pathbreaker Award recipient for his determined leadership in combatting child sex trafficking. U.S. Attorney Johnson has taken a progressive approach to demand [...]

AZ Central – ‘Why can’t she run away?’ and other nonsense

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The vivid graphic of a fist in the face quickly dispatched the platitudes we offer for domestic violence, especially when it involves a superhero. It unhinged the “she could have just run” line of reasoning — one that is still prevalent today in the attitude toward child victims of sex trafficking. The video of Ray [...]

Manisha’s Story of Hope

Manisha's Story of Hope - Shared Hope International

My name is Manisha Sunuwar. I am 20 years old. Asha Nepal has been my home since I was 7. I knew nothing about myself — I didn’t know where I came from, who my parents were, where my home was, nothing. I learned the bitter truth from another resident at Asha Nepal, Renu. I [...]

Pooja’s Story of Hope

Pooja's Story of Hope

My name is Pooja Ghimire. I’m 21. I’ve been living at Asha Nepal since I was 8. My mother, Shoba, was from the same rural village in Nepal where I was born. She was the eldest of seven; when her father died, she and her mother raised the younger children. At 16 my mom married, [...]

Shared Hope Files Joint Amicus Brief to Support Justice for Victims


On July 30, 2012, J.S., S.L., and L.C., three juvenile sex trafficking victims, filed a lawsuit against Backpage.com, LLC alleging that the website participated in their exploitation by creating an online marketplace of escort ads where children are sold and bought for sex. Backpage.com claims it is immune from civil liability under Section 230 of the [...]

#DemandingJustice – Help us Share the News

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On August 25, Shared Hope International is releasing the Demanding Justice Project Report and an interactive website featuring our research on demand. The Demanding Justice Project is a research and advocacy initiative designed to promote deterrence of demand for commercial sex with children through increased attention and advocacy on demand enforcement. The research report documents [...]

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