We believe effective response is informed response. Shared Hope heavily invests in providing policy leaders, community advocates, and first responders with data-driven, comprehensive studies to create better solutions to fight trafficking. And it’s paying off. Today, states around the nation have formed coalitions to improve weak laws exposed in The Protected Innocence Challenge. Juvenile detention facilities and service providers use our research to implement stronger identification protocols to increase accurate and timely identification of victims. Advocates are using our research to train others in their community.
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JuST Response Policy Paper: Eliminating the Third Party Control Barrier to Identifying Juvenile Sex Trafficking Victims (2015)
This paper evaluates the fundamental importance of defining sex trafficking to include all instances of commercial sexual exploitation of minors.
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JuST Response Policy Paper: Non-Criminalization of Juvenile Sex Trafficking Victims (2016)
Discussing the social and legal importance of ending criminalization of minors for prostitution offenses
JuST Response State System Mapping Report (2015)
A Review of Current Statutes, Systems, and Services Responses to
Juvenile Sex Trafficking.
Designed to inspire and equip advocates and bring accountability to states, this comprehensive law analysis provides an annual Report Card on the sufficiency of child sex trafficking laws in each state and recommendations for improvement. Learn More
Traffic Stop (2014)
This report outlines findings from the National Colloquium 2013: Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Process and Placement for Juvenile Sex Trafficking Survivors and provides valuable insight on current trends for state child serving agency response to domestic minor sex trafficking.
Demanding Justice Report (2014)
The Demanding Justice Report captures information on the features of demand for sex acts with children, and criminal justice enforcement outcomes of the cases that are pursued as commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), while exploring the challenges and successes of implementing anti-demand enforcement methods.
These flowcharts are intended to provide an overview of the statutory structure of service and placement responses to DMST victims to contribute to the ongoing conversation regarding promising approaches, pervasive challenges and the need to establish new systems versus changing existing systems.
The Demanding Justice Benchmark Assessment is an initial assessment of the criminal consequences for those who purchase sex with a minor in the United States since 2008. The study found though 48 states have a CSEC or trafficking law that pertains to buyers and buyers were identified in 47 states, only 18 of those states had a federal or state CSEC or trafficking conviction brought against a buyer.
An inventory and evaluation of the current shelter and services response to domestic minor sex trafficking.
Investigation into child sex trafficking in the U.S. is compiled in this report which reveals 100,000 American children are exploited through prostitution each year – the average age of entrance only 13 years old.
Field Assessments on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (2009-2011)
Field assessments measure and evaluate the access to and delivery of services for victims in a community. Law enforcement, prosecutors, public defenders, juvenile detention, juvenile court, nongovernmental/ service provider organizations, and child protection organizations were interviewed to understand how a victim would be identified and routed through the criminal justice system or social service system for treatment.
* indicates the assessment was included in the National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.
DEMAND.: A Comparative Examination of Sex Tourism and Trafficking in Jamaica, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States (2007)
The explosive DEMAND. report and video documentary uses undercover investigation to reveal the sophisticated business model behind sex trafficking and tourism in Jamaica, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States.
Shared Hope International partnered with ECPAT-USA and The Protection Project of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in a comprehensive attempt to measure the United States’ progress since the Second World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in 2001 in Japan. The report evaluated best practices, gaps in current efforts and challenges faced in the field to serve as a milestone in continuing progress and a benchmark for measuring success.