Multnomah County Commissioner, Susheela Jayapal; Claire Barrera Program Manager at El Programa Hispano’s UNICA and Joyclyn Bell a survivor and activist join me for this important conversation about Oregon Senate Bill 274.
Introduction: Charging children with prostitution is counter to our values as a community. Given that children cannot, by law, consent to sex, it is inherently contradictory to criminalize them for prostitution. They are experiencing a crime, and should not be treated as committing one. Experiencing arrest, prosecution, and/or custody by law enforcement is deeply traumatizing, especially for sex trafficking survivors of color who have already faced trauma, systemic racism, and trafficking.
SB 274 Priorities: prevention, decriminalization, reducing barriers.
SB 274 focuses on decriminalizing prostitution for minors -- including removing the ability to arrest and/or charge minors who are experiencing sex trafficking with prostitution. Sex trafficking disportionality impacts Black and Brown minors, so making this adjustment would directly support reducing the unnecessary criminalization of these populations.
Senate Bill 274 would reduce further systemic trauma and protect minor sex trafficking survivors from incurring legal consequences and penalties for being trafficked. It would also address reports of child abuse involving survivors of sex trafficking.
The Human Trafficking Awareness Day event hosted by the Junior League of Portland, on January 11, 2021 at 6pm PST, will include a keynote presentation about human trafficking, specifically addressing the issue of how black girls and women & Native American girls and women have been historically, currently and repeatedly targeted and harmed and how our systems are a part of the problem.
This is a free event to attend.
Keynote speakers include:
Sarah Nedeau, Director of Community-based Programs at New Avenues for Youth
Susheela Jayapal, Multnomah Co. Commissioner, District 2
Adrienne Livingston, Director of Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiatives at WorldVenture
Christen Price serves as Legal Counsel for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation Law Center. She joins me to talk about the case, Charleston v. State of Nevada, where they will argue that Nevada’s pro-prostitution law conflicts with federal laws that ban sex trafficking and violates the Thirteenth Amendment’s ban on any form of involuntary servitude. endsexualexploitation.org
This episode is The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) Webinar addressing the case: Charleston vs. state of Nevada.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) Law Center will be arguing that Nevada’s pro-prostitution law conflicts with federal laws that ban sex trafficking and violates the Thirteenth Amendment’s ban on any form of involuntary servitude. More details about the plaintiffs’ stories, and the legal briefs can be found at NotSafeForWomen.com.
Rebekah Charleston, Survivor of Nevada’s Legal Brothels, Plaintiff in this case.
Christen Price, Legal Counsel, National Center on Sexual Exploitation; Co-counsel in this case.
Jason Guinasso, Attorney; Lead attorney in this case.
Melissa Holland, Founder, Awaken; Provides direct services to women in prostitution in Nevada & leads local efforts to overturn NV’s prostitution laws.
Angela Delgado-Williams, Survivor of Sex Trafficking in Nevada.
Aashima Samuel heads the Children at Risk project with Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFIC@R) as the National Director. Her desire is to see that the churches and communities arise and come together to eradicate Human trafficking.
Caitlin Roper is an activist, writer and PhD candidate at RMIT university in Melbourne, Australia where she is researching female-bodied sex dolls and robots. Caitlin is the Campaigns Manager at Collective Shout (collectiveshout.org) which is a nonprofit that works toward a world free of sexploitation, a grassroots campaigns movement challenging the objectification of women and the sexualization of girls in media, advertising and popular culture. Caitlin is a Founding Member and Chair of Adopt Nordic Western Australia to fight sex trafficking and a Huffington Post blogger. Her Twitter handle is @caitlin_roper. Checkout campaignagainstsexrobots.org.
Justin Euteneier is the Program Director of The EPIK Project (Everyman Protecting Innocent Kids) which is a nonprofit which serves to mobilize male allies to disrupt the commercial sex market, equipping them to combat the roots of exploitation and encouraging them to collaborate effectively with the wider anti-trafficking movement.
Stephanie Powell, Executive Director of Journey Out and is a retired Police Sergeant for 30 years and is the author of My Choice, My Body, My Rules on found on Amazon. Journey Out is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit whose mission is to help victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking leave a life of abuse and violence, overcome their fears, and empower them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. We also discuss how this time of COVID-19 is impacting victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. https://journeyout.org/.
Published on June 3, 2020
Jessica Muñoz is the is the Founder and President of Ho`ōla Nā Pua. Tammy Bitanga is the Community Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator.
Ho`ōla Nā Pua, meaning ‘New Life for Our Children,’ was founded to shine light into dark voids of violation, placing the health of Hawaii’s youth at the center of their mission and vision for their community. They are committed to the prevention of child sex trafficking and providing care for children who have been exploited. Ho`ōla Nā Pua (HNP) is dedicated to creating a community where children are safe and have the ability to embrace their bright futures. HNP offers integrated programming that reaches over thousands of youth and community members and stakeholders across the state of Hawaii annually, but is considered a national partner and a rising standard in the global effort to stop sex trafficking, permanently. https://hoolanapua.org/
24/7 Starfish Hotline 808.222.1872; National Human Trafficking Hotline 888.373.7888. Published on May 27, 2020.
Major Rachele Lamont, is the Territorial Coordinator for Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, The Salvation Army—Canada & Bermuda Territory. She used to serve in Greece.
We explore what she experienced while working on the ground with individuals who were vulnerable to being sex trafficked and exploited in Greece.
The Salvation Army- Canada and Bermuda: http://www.salvationarmy.ca/
Sam Black is the Vice President of Business Development at Covenant Eyes (covenanteyes.com), which provides resources designed to help you and those you love live free from pornography.
We discuss how viewing pornography changes your brain, the power of screen accountability, and the challenges and triggers of being physically isolated because of COVID-19.
Joel Shapiro, J.D. is the Executive Director and Andrea Lampert, J. D. , is the Lead Attorney & Center Coordinator of the Trafficking Law Center in Portland, Oregon.
TLC provides pro bono legal services to human trafficking victims & survivors for criminal expungements, name changes, restraining orders, limited criminal charges and family law issues, and civil cases against their trafficker(s) or institutions that facilitated their exploitation. For special or out of state cases, they refer client survivors to their participating pro bono attorneys for immigration, complicated criminal charges, and complex family law issues.
They coordinate with lawyers in their network to assist with representation in jurisdictions outside of Oregon.
Trafficking Law Center - https://www.traffickinglawcenter.org/
Victims in need of assistance should call the National Human Trafficking Hotline to obtain a referral.
(888) 373-7888 or Text: 233733
Asha Taitt is a 17-year old African American high school student on the East Coast who was disturbed that a lot of black girls were going missing, unfortunately being caught up in being sex trafficked and exploited and no one was talking about it. She is using her photography talent and skills to highlight the issue of sex trafficking and exploitation of black girls in her photo exhibit "Lost Girls" on her Instagram page @taitttakesphotos.
Brian and Melissa Leak are the European Liaisons on the issue of sex trafficking with WorldVenture. They focus on equipping and mobilizing Christians across Europe to engage in the fight against sex trafficking
There is a vital need for Christians to become aware of the sex trafficking issue and our responsibility to act. Their ministry is: 1) to create this awareness; 2) to equip believers to engage in anti-trafficking ministries; and 3) to connect believers to anti-trafficking ministries that are an ideal fit for their passions and skill set.
Learn more at https://hopeforabolition.com
Pleshette Fontenet is the Director of Membership for The Junior League of Portland. The Junior League of Portland is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. They work to end the cycle of violence against women and children. https://www.jlpdx.org/
They created the documentary, Waiting For The Light (https://vimeo.com/84125940) which exposes the scope and impact of sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Portland, Oregon.