Media Contacts: Taryn Offenbacher, 602.818.3955, Taryn@sharedhope.org
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 reveal which states are providing strong legal protection against trafficking and which states are falling behind their neighbors. This year, eight states have raised the grade but four states continue to receive failing scores.
Protected Innocence Challenge Press Conference
11:30 – 12:00 pm Thursday, November 6, 2014
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center | HVC-201 First St SE Washington, D.C. 20515
Watch the free livestream of the conference at www.sharedhope.org/pressconference Speakers:
- Congresswoman Linda Smith, President and Founder, Shared Hope International
- Jen Spry, RN, Sex Trafficking Survivor
- Margie Quin, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
- Savannah Sanders, Author and Training Coordinator, O’Connor House Safe Action Project, Sex Trafficking Survivor
- Delegate Timothy D. Hugo, Fairfax (VA-40)
MEDIA CONTACT: Taryn Offenbacher | Communications Director 703.351.8062 office / 602.818.3955 cell Taryn@sharedhope.org MEDIA MATERIALS For media convenience, a variety of video clips and resources, including survivor comments, are available at this location: http://vimeo.com/user12564384/albums. Clips are password protected, please contact Taryn Offenbacher at Taryn@sharedhope.org for access.
ABOUT SHARED HOPE INTERNATIONAL: Shared Hope International was established in 1998, by former U.S. Congresswoman Linda Smith, to prevent, restore, and bring justice to women and children in crisis. We provide leadership in awareness, training, prevention strategies, restorative care, research, and policy initiatives. For more information about Shared Hope International, go to www.sharedhope.org