Much has changed for all of us over the last year. But one thing has remained the same: Our collective commitment to creating a world where no person is bought, sold or exploited. When we had to cancel our scheduled May, 2020 national conference, we continued to connect, collaborate and learn from one another with our Speakers Series webinars. The series was launched in April, 2020 and has continued unabated throughout 2020. Because facilitating connection is what World Without Exploitation is all about.
We’re pleased to announce the continuation of the Now & Next Speakers Series. The 2021 series is a monthly digital gathering - the second Thursday of each month from 12-1 pm eastern- hosted by World Without Exploitation and curated with our coalition membership in mind.
The Now & Next Speakers Series features movement leaders and opinion shapers sharing best practices, presenting new research, and exploring innovative ways to make our movement more effective and inclusive. Best of all, World Without Exploitation members, national convening registrants, and other allies can take part in our Now & Next Speakers Series at no charge, thanks to sponsorship by Demand Abolition. So join us for a series of presentations that will explore today’s issues and tomorrow’s solutions for the movement to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation. See you online!
The Speakers Series is made available free of charge. In lieu of a registration fee, please consider making a donation to World Without Exploitation.
Sex traffickers frequently ensnare their victims in related criminal activity. In fact, it is an integral part of the sex trafficking victimization process that the victim is committing criminal acts at the behest of their trafficker.
Throughout this country, there have now been decades of work done to decriminalize human trafficking victims. Many states now have specialized human trafficking courts, diversion programs, “safe harbor” laws and vacatur laws that seek to mitigate the harm caused by criminalizing survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.
However, much of that progress only addresses the issue of charging trafficking victims with prostitution crimes. So often, survivors are caught up in serious criminal activity and end up without recourse in the criminal justice system. This situation has arisen frequently in the context of traffickers setting up a “trick-roll” that results in the murder of the sex buyer. Or, like the now famous case of Cyntoia Brown, the sex buyer becomes violent and is killed during the encounter. Most often, the victim is also under the age of consent.
There is an urgent need for law enforcement, and prosecutors in particular, to understand the complex trauma, coercion, and traumatic bonding that occurs in the trafficker/victim relationship. As a result, the victim may appear to be complicit in the criminal activity, whereas in reality, this complicity is part of their victimization. It is a human rights violation for the state to punish a human trafficking victim. In fact, the “non-punishment principle” is integral to a victim’s human rights protection at the international, regional, and domestic level.
|February 11|The Wrongful Prosecution of Sex Trafficking Victims: The issue of victim offender intersectionality with: Rebecca Bender (Rebecca Bender Initiative), Sara Kruzan (Survivor Leader), Kate Mogulescu (Brooklyn Law School), Justin Moore (Civil Rights Attorney), Christine Raino (Shared Hope), Yasmin Vafa (Rights4Girls)|button>Register[https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gh8wdpOcRaiSHShLknJirw]|
|January 14|The Movement is the Message: Meeting people where they are and breaking through ideological barriers with: Anne K. Ream ((The Voices and Faces Project)|button>View[https://vimeo.com/500723903]|
|December 10| Equal Not Exploited: A survivor-driven agenda for ending commercial sexual exploitation with: Nikki Bell (Living in Freedom Together), Rebecca Bender (Rebecca Bender Initiative), Alisa Bernard (Organization for Prostitution Survivors), Vednita Carter (Breaking Free), Bekah Charleston (The Jensen Project), Cristian Eduardo (Sanctuary for Families), Esperanza Fonseca (AF3Marian Hatcher (SPACE International), Megan Lundstrom (|Avery Center for Research & Services), Audrey Morrissey (My Life My Choice), Christine Stark (Author|button>View[https://vimeo.com/489767750]|
|November 12| Indigenous Survivors Speak Out with: Jeri Moomaw (Innovations Human Trafficking Collective), Sandi Pierce (Innovations Human Trafficking Collective), Christine Stark (Author)|button>View[https://vimeo.com/478627166/7692ae191b]|
|October 8| Fact, Fiction & Fear: The impact of conspiracy theories on the anti-trafficking movement with: Rebecca Bender (Rebecca Bender Initiative), Shea M. Rhodes (CSE Institute)|button>View[https://vimeo.com/466331947/ded9028fa1][XXXXXXXXXXXXX]|
|September 10| The LGBT Community and Commercial Sexual Exploitation with: Cristian Eduardo (Sanctuary for Families), Esperanza Fonseca (AF3IRM)|button>View[https://vimeo.com/456674537/8162ce4e4b]|
|July 30|The Neurobiology of Trauma and Resilience: What the anti-sex trafficking movement needs to know with: Laura Mahr (Conscious Legal Minds LLC)|
|July 16|No Shelter in Place: Sexploitation of homeless youth and their increased vulnerabilities during the COVID-19 crisis with: Jayne Bigelsen (Covenant House New York)|button>View[https://vimeo.com/439046268]|
|July 9| Survivors Speak Out: Criminal justice reform and the reality of decriminalizing the sex trade with: Alisa Bernard (Organization For Prostitution Survivors), Vednita Carter (Breaking Free), Cristian Eduardo (Sanctuary for Families), Marian Hatcher (SPACE International)|button>View[https://vimeo.com/436921816]|
|July 2| Real Accountability in a Virtual World: Engaging corporations to fight online sexploitation with: Dawn Hawkins (National Center on Sexual Exploitation), Christen Price (National Center on Sexual Exploitation)|button>View[https://vimeo.com/434866124/7dca72fcea]|
|June 25|Why We Must Address Demand to End Trafficking with: Valiant Richey (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe)|button>View[https://vimeo.com/432623235/ff81c14c63]|
|June 18| 2020 Voters - American views on prostitution policies with: Meg Bostrom (Topos Partnership), Emily Brew (brew advisors), Tania Stewart (M+R)|button>View[https://vimeo.com/430465327/1e83b29486]|
|June 11| The Bitter Truth About Sugaring: Deception and false promises in exploitation's new frontier with: Tamar Arenson (The One Campaign), Angie Henderson (University of Northern Colorado), Megan Lundstrom (Avery Center for Research & Services)|button>View[https://vimeo.com/428260410/8e68076b20]|
|June 4|Privilege and Racial Marginalization: The racism of prostitution with: Audrey Morrissey (My Life My Choice), Sonia Ossorio (National Organization for Women New York), Christine Stark (Author)|button>View[https://vimeo.com/426080138/144c6fe0a5]|
|May 28|Man to Man: Promoting healthy masculinity and ending men's violence with: Jimmie Briggs (Man Up Campaign), Peter Qualliotine (Modeling Equality)|button>View[https://vimeo.com/423777445/f5e209951e]|
|May 21|Growing Up in a Porn Culture: Social, emotional, and cognitive impact on youth with: Dr. Gail Dines (Culture Reframed)|button>View[https://vimeo.com/421271531/9cfb0e4e0c?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=29220]|
|May 14|Let's Get Real: Life in the legal sex trade with: Rebecca Bender(Rebecca Bender Initiative), Bekah Charleston (Valiant Hearts) and sponsored by Levin Papantonio|
|May 7|Past is Present: The historical effects of the sex trade on women and girls of color today with: Cherice Hopkins (Rights4Girls)|button>View[
|April 30|#Traffickinghub: How Pornhub is enabling sexual exploitation and what we can do about it with: Laila Mickelwait (Exodus Cry)|
|April 23|Just the Facts: Identifying and appropriately using solid data with: Katie Feifer (The Voices and Faces Project)|button>View[
|April 16|Online Exploitation Ecosystems: Short-term impact of COVID-19 on human trafficking in the US with: Rob Spectre (childsafe.ai)|
|April 9|The Equality Model: Hurdles, roadblocks and the path forward with: Audrey Morrissey (My Life My Choice), Lauren Hersh (World Without Exploitation)|
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