In 2011, Shared Hope began grading states under the Protected Innocence Challenge. In the following 10 years, we saw states across the country pass crucial legislation to end demand and identify victims of sex trafficking. When the first report cards were released, the national average was an “F”, but by 2019 the average raised to a “B”. In 2020, we recognized the need to change how we were grading states and to push legislation to the next stage in ending child and youth sex trafficking. Below you will find past Protected Innocence Challenge reports and how the country grew from 2011 to 2019. You can read the current state grades through the Report Cards on Child & Youth Sex Trafficking.
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2011-2019 Protected Innocence Challenge Report Cards
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For over 20 years, Shared Hope has been at the forefront of groundbreaking research related to child and youth sex trafficking in the U.S. Our research and resulting resources support the development of vital policies and promising practices for identifying and providing appropriate responses to survivors.
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