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How our Culture normalizes Sexualization

by Karen Morris, LP, NCPsyA Linda Smith’s account of her encounters on Falkland Road in Mumbai, in Renting Lacy, brought me to tears in a way I thought would never stop. I was as George Harrison wrote, “drowning in the tears of the world.” I knew then I had to stop tuning out the pervasive […]

Finding Yourself in the Flow of Fighting Sex Trafficking

By Beth Edmonds Yesterday I was listening while driving to the NPR talk  show:Ted Radio Hour featuring Maslow’s Human Needs.  I’ve been fascinated with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and often feel it’s intended to flow from the “bottom-up” with not just an individual person at its crux, but as a “we the people” all needing […]

#ShareYourPassion: She Fought Cancer so She Could Fight Sex Trafficking


What Motivates our Ambassadors? We asked this question of several Ambassadors across the nation, and here’s one story: A few years ago was the first time I came face to face with human trafficking. My family had the opportunity to live in Italy for my husband’s work. I began to notice women standing by the […]

Regional Collaboration in Combatting Juvenile Sex Trafficking Surrounding Large Events and Beyond

As part of our Regional Collaboration Project, on Wednesday afternoon, May 18 at 3:00pm (Eastern), Shared Hope International will host a national briefing call on proactive, collaborative approaches to combatting human trafficking during large events, such as collegiate and professional sporting events or conventions. As cities across the U.S. host large events, leaders benefit from […]

Shared Hope joins Anti-Trafficking Leaders in Launching Generation Freedom


With the race to the White House in full swing, the leaders of various anti-trafficking organizations, faith-based organizations, clergy, etc., are calling on the future President to make anti-trafficking measures a top priority in their term. Generation Freedom is asking the candidates, if they are elected President, to allocate three billion dollars of their budget […]

Shifting towards Justice: Non-Criminalization of Child Sex Trafficking Victims

During the 2016 legislative sessions this year, at least 10 states have introduced legislation that would protect a child from being blamed for their own commercial sexual exploitation, meaning that prostitution offenses would not apply to minors. As of August 1, 2015, 14 states and DC had already enacted full non-criminalization provisions to prevent prosecution […]

Communities of Faith: Join in this Mission of Love


by Dan Sartor In April of 2016, Shared Hope International will host its first JuST Faith Summit in Orlando, rallying faith communities to join the mission to eradicate sex trafficking.  As a person of faith I see great potential for diverse individuals from an array of backgrounds—geographic, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious—unifying to address what is […]

These Programs have Empowered Women Worldwide


Guest Post by Ashley Macdonald While anyone can become a victim of human trafficking, Shared Hope recognizes that traffickers target susceptible individuals. Financial instability is among the vulnerabilities that can aid a victim to fall in to the horrors of human trafficking. Shared Hope International’s Women’s Investment Network (WIN) program offers women the opportunity to […]



Guest Post by Shea M. Rhodes, Esq Commercial sexual exploitation can be viewed, simply, as a two-part system: supply and demand. Under an economic theory, supply (prostituted persons) follows demand (purchasers of sex). In theory, one would surmise that if demand could be eliminated, commercial sexual exploitation would cease to exist. In order to refocus […]

Things Just Got Real.


Guest Blogger: Jo Lembo My husband Nick and I go out regularly representing Shared Hope International’s message of prevention.  When we are invited into area schools, we use the film Chosen, which tells the story of two girls, ages 13 and 18, who broke the stereotypical at-risk youth picture.  They were from good homes, straight-A […]