Petition to Jay Costa, Pennsylvania State Senate, Robert Casey, Tom Wolf, Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania State House, Andrew Dinniman, Patricia Vance, Stan Saylor, Brendan Boyle, Frank Farry, Glenn Thompson, Mike Kelly, Tim Murphy, Tom Marino, Mike Doyle, Dan Miller, Robert Freeman, Marguerite Quinn, Matthew Cartwright, Lou Barletta, Scott Perry, Charlie Dent, Bill Shuster, Florindo Fabrizio, Robert Brady
Support Safe Harbor Legislation for Sexually Exploited Children
The average age of commercially sexually exploited children is 14. Juvenile victims of sexual exploitation face a life continually threatened by torture, rape, broken bones, fractures, and extreme psychological manipulation to such an extent that most victims develop symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome as a result of having been trafficked. According to the International Labor Organization, 4.5 million illegally trafficked individuals are forcibly sexually exploited, and 21% of those individuals are estimated to be less than 18 years of age. Children who are victimized in the illegal sex trade are still criminalized in the state of Pennsylvania. The state contends that it is legal for juvenile victims of sex trafficking to receive criminal charges for prostitution, public indecency, obstruction of highways and other public passages. According to the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania, Shared Hope’s Protected Innocence Challenge conducted a study of state laws in 2015 that addressed domestic minor sex trafficking. They found that Pennsylvania ranked 35th on the effectiveness of 41 legislative components addressing domestic minor sex trafficking. In regards to Pennsylvania’s attempts to address protective provisions for juvenile victims, it ranked 45th out of 51 states, with the addition of Washington D.C. Senate Bill No. 554, the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund, which proposes to provide special relief for juvenile victims of sexual exploitation in order to restore dignity, provide necessary services, ensure safety, and provide a safe harbor for sexually exploited children. Provisions proposed by the bill include: reimbursement of funds for the costs of removing a tattoo or identifying mark left on the victim by their pimp, safe and stable housing, access to education, employment and life-skills training, comprehensive case management, healthcare and trauma-based therapy, access to personal care items and adequate clothing, treatment for drug and/or alcohol dependency, and other supportive services. Supporting this petition will make a difference in the lives of children who have experienced severe trauma and chronic emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. The sexual exploitation of juveniles is both an international and domestic issue. Supporting Safe Harbor Legislation in the State of Pennsylvania will make provisions for vulnerable children who have been exposed to extremely traumatic and chronic abuse. Additionally, this legislation has the potential to create a societal paradigm shift in which victims of forced prostitution can be rightly understood and cared for as victims, rather than as criminals. I urge you to support this bill and encourage Pennsylvania to join the two thirds of the United States that have taken a stance against the sexual exploitation of minors. I have both volunteered and worked professionally with individuals who have experienced crises related to trauma, domestic violence, and sexual assault. This form of trauma shakes people to the foundation of their being. We will not be able to foster and sustain an exploitation-free society, if we are not empowering people to heal. The ramifications of criminalizing children who have experienced trauma in the form of violence and sexual exploitation are severe in terms of the implications they carry for the future of rape culture and the social acceptability of violence.
Petition to Google, Microsoft, Facebook
Tell Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to stop supporting child sex trafficking.
I was waiting to pick up my 15-year old daughter from track practice on an afternoon like any other. Minutes passed and then hours. I wondered where she was. Panic began to set in. My husband and I called the police, filed a missing person report, and started frantically searching for our baby girl. Only she was nowhere to be found. We were living every parent’s nightmare. When we recovered her 108 days later, we were so thankful to have found her alive. But then we found out the details. Our sweet girl had been bought and sold on the classified ads site, Backpage.com. She was repeatedly raped up to 15 times a day, all while hidden in plain sight on Backpage.com. A website making hundreds of millions of dollars a year off of human trafficking and exploitation of young girls. After her ordeal, my daughter and I sued Backpage to determine its role in her harm. The biggest surprise? Two special interest groups, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) — funded by tech industry giants Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and others — actually intervened to file briefs supporting Backpage. These tech groups were actually defending Backpage’s right to host ads selling children. Amazingly, the CDT and EFF have also jumped into other Backpage cases around the country filed by children. Support of Backpage by the tech industry has not wavered, even though a 21-month Senate investigation revealed that Backpage facilitated the crimes by coaching pimps on how to post ads to evade law enforcement. And still today, Backpage hosts ads selling children on its dating site and on other sites it owns and operates here in the US and around the world. Raking in hundreds of millions of dollars -- and it does this shockingly, under the protection of the law. Backpage has been protected by an outdated internet law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from being sued for content posted by a third party. Thanks to the efforts of these special interest groups supported by Google and Facebook, federal judges have expanded this law to protect websites that facilitate child sex trafficking. Will you sign my petition telling Google, Facebook, and Microsoft that defending child sex trafficking is unacceptable? Sadly, my daughter’s experience is not unique. We are not alone. It’s estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of child sex trafficked victims annually in the United States. And we need your help. We need your voices to reach Google, Facebook, and Microsoft so that they, in turn, are persuaded to stop supporting Backpage. They can no longer allow the special interest groups to jump into these cases. My daughter and I have been fighting to change the law that protects Backpage since 2010 and because Backpage has won at every turn, we recently told our story to Dr. Oz and in the new movie, I Am Jane Doe, to try to bring our experience to a larger audience, all in an effort to prevent others from going through what my family has gone through. It's time for this to stop. No one else's daughter should be sold on Backpage. Please sign this petition to let Google, Facebook, and Microsoft know that financing the defense of Backpage is indefensible. Nicole S., mother of child who was trafficked through Backpage.com
Petition to FOX News
Justice For Alexis
Alexis k Martin was convicted of murder robbery & many other charges at only the age of 15 ... She was sex traffic , rapped , drugged & many other things by a 36 year old man . Was forced to have sex with many men & women & when she wouldn't do so had to pay consequences , There was many nights she couldnt speak to the family or anything . At age 15 Alexis sat in Dan st for year just to be charged as an adult for murder and robbery all because the man who was sex trafficking her was killed and she had something to do with it . Not only did the same judge sentence my sister but the same judge had just let this man out three months before his murder for sex trafficking, My sister was a victim but was also his last victim .. He told everyone this was his adopted daughter but when No one was around him and his 18 year old brother had her doing everything drugs , dancing & randomly sleeping with different men . In what way do you see this okay . I WANT JUSITCE FOR ALEXIS ... Her Case Was Handled Totally Wrong .
Petition to Bill Haslam
Re-Trial for Cyntoia Brown
Cyntoia Brown was only 16 years old when she received a prison sentence of 51 years for first-degree murder. She murdered a man named Johnny Allen, who had been sexually abusing her. She was a victim of sex trafficking and was later sold to the man she had killed. She feared for her life and believed that he would kill her first, so she killed him before he could kill her. I pray that this petition helps Cyntoia get a re-trial, her case dismissed, or a shorter sentence with time served. Please sign this petition calling for a re-trial of her case. This is a very sad story, especially due to the fact that she was only a child when it happened. Going through the things she went through at such a young age is very traumatizing. Physically, mentally, and emotionally, no one can ever understand what that does to a child’s mindset. If she didn't build up the courage and take a risk to save herself, she would still be going through the same thing or sadly, dead. Our laws really need to change to stop letting people like Johnny get away with things like this. Cyntoia needed help after what she went through, not her life taken away from her once again. Sign this petition calling for her re-trial! #JusticeForCyntoiaBrown
Petition to Congressional Committees on Commerce, Science and Transportation and on Energy and Commerce, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Hold Websites Accountable for Aiding and Abetting Human Trafficking
Did you know that when websites profit from the illegal activity of human trafficking, they are not held accountable? In the event that a company profits from the sale of victims of trafficking (including minors), they can use Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as a defense. Section 230 provides websites with blanket immunity from “third party content”. This was designed to protect websites from being prosecuted when someone visiting their site posts inappropriate or even illegal content without the site’s knowledge or approval. It was NOT designed to grant immunity when a website actively PROFITS from third party content. Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now is one of several anti-trafficking organizations that are seeking a change to the CDA. In order to stop human trafficking, we must take action to make access to this crime more difficult. Section 230 had good intentions, but it has been used to protect various companies that profit from advertising sex trafficking of women and children. If websites profit from crimes such as human trafficking, they should be held accountable. We must urge lawmakers to amend the Communications Decency Act if we want to see a decrease in trafficking and exploitation in the US. Join us in asking Congress to amend the Communications Decency Act so that 1. State and local law enforcement agencies have the authority to arrest and prosecute websites that advertise human trafficking victims and 2. The protections that websites currently enjoy from being held liable for third party content when they profit from that content is eliminated.
Petition to Andrew Cuomo
Prevent Child Abuse and Murder
We hear the stories every day; children killed or tortured by their family. It’s heartbreaking. It’s so easy to turn away. But the saddest thing is that many of these tragedies can be prevented by existing programs. When a new parent is paired with a trained professional who regularly comes to the family home and supports, guides and teaches them about parenting, amazing things happen. Families break the cycle of poverty and violence. Children succeed in school. And child abuse is prevented. These programs, called Maternal Home Visiting programs, have 40 years worth of data proving they work. But they’re available to 10% or less of the families that need for them. That’s unacceptable. One child is too many. Our children deserve better. But they won’t get it unless we demand it. So please, sign this petition and let your voice be heard.
Petition to Congress
Support H.R. 53 The CATCH Traffickers Act of 2017
Human Trafficking is the use of threats, violence, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability to force and women, children, into forced labor, or sexual exploitation. Human Trafficking is one of the biggest offences one can commit against another human , and It happens in every country around the world, with no show of slowing down. The Coordinated Assistance To Catch Human Traffickers Act of 2017 or the CATCH Traffickers Act of 2017 aims to end just this by direct the Department of Homeland Security to establish and maintain a national database for ongoing human trafficking investigations. This database is to be updated by local, state and federal law enforcement and is to be used as a resource for ongoing human trafficking investigations around the country. The issue of human trafficking moves so fast that a database such as this is needed to unite investigators across local, state, and even international lines. This bill will not end human trafficking, but it is a beginning to the much needed construction of stronger human trafficking legislation in America. The Bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/53/text The Problem: Human Trafficking has been an ongoing issue in every community across America, but unfortunately many Americans see it as a problem that doesn't affect the US. The result of this is a major lacking of policy to combat human trafficking on American soil. Why I Care? My name is Matthew Carrier I am 15 years old, and I care deeply about the issue of human trafficking simply because I am an older brother of two sisters. I can not imagine the terror and pain of those being trafficked around the world as well as their family. Human life is beautiful and should be treasured, not labeled with a price tag. Reading these horrifying facts I find it to be my duty, as a person, to do anything in my power to help end the epidemic of human trafficking. I do not feel organizations that rescue victims should spend their time advocating for policy, when they should more importantly be rescuing and rehabilitating victims of modern day slavery. That is why I have chosen the route of lobbying for policy to end modern day slavery. If you have any questions please reach out: Email- email@example.com Instagram @clahtrafficking Twitter- @clahtrafficking
Petition to Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senate, John Flanagan, Carl Marcellino, Terrence Murphy, Thomas O'Mara, Simcha Felder, Ruben Diaz, Neil Breslin, James Tedisco, Jeffrey Klein, Linda Rosenthal, Brad Hoylman
Sign this petition. Protect 43,000 kids from sexual abuse
Do you worry about sex offenders teaching your children? Or coaching them? Or working in a daycare? Most people think sex offender registries and convictions protect their kids The problem is that 9 out of 10 sex offenders never get convicted, and never appear on sex abuse registries. Our criminal justice system fails victims, and statutes of limitation (SOL) on the child sex abuse keep most victims from pressing charges shortly after their 18th birthday. Researchers now know it takes victims, on average, 21 years to disclose their abuse. New York’s SOL on child sexual abuse bars most victims from the court on their 23rd birthday, which ensures most sex offenders stay off registries and around kids. The Child Victims Act lengthens New York’s SOL for this crime and gives older victims a chance to press charges in civil court. It’s a way to identify the predators who are lurking around children. Please, sign this petition and protect children from sexual abuse.