Arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell (DOB: 12/25/1961) is a British socialite best known for her association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.  Maxwell was arrested by the FBI on July 2, 2020 on charges that she lured and groomed girls as young as 14 years old for illegal sexual activity.  Federal prosecutors claimed that she procured girls for Epstein and that she also participated in the sexual abuse of those girls.     Caption:  Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell   Jeffrey Epstein had called Maxwell his “main girlfriend” and it is said by friends of hers that she had access to documents and videos Read More

Thorn’s Response to COVID-19

Written by STOPP Website Staff (04/30/2020) Thorn is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2012 by actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore after they watched a documentary that highlighted what was happening to children in Cambodia. They soon learned that sex trafficking of children was happening here in the United States as well. Thorn’s focus has been on innovation of technological means to ending online child sexual abuse. Thorn’s CEO, Julie Cordua, just released a timely statement regarding what Thorn is learning about the impact of COVID-19 on worldwide sex trafficking and on our efforts to combat it. The Read More

Jeffrey Epstein Died in Jail

Jeffrey Epstein (DOB 01/20/1953 was born in Brooklyn, New York.  He died (08/10/2019) while incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York, New York.  Epstein was jailed awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.       CAPTION:  Jeffrey Epstein in 1984.  Rick Friedman, Corbis News, Getty Images   Epstein was reported to be a billionaire who had worked as a financier. Two days before his death however, he had signed a will which indicated that he was worth less than $600,000,000.  He had a high-profile social circle and associated with Bill and Hillary Clinton, Read More

Hue Jackson’s Human Trafficking Survivors’ Residence

Written by STOPP Website Staff (08/14/2019) Hue Jackson is the head coach of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. Jackson and his wife Michelle founded the Hue Jackson Foundation with the intention of serving survivors of human trafficking, and educating people about trafficking. In July 2018, Coach Jackson had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Hue Jackson Foundation Survivors of Human Trafficking Residence in Cleveland, Ohio. This 12 bed, 4500 square foot facility is part of the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland’s Harbor Light Complex, which had recently built six beds for survivors. The Hue Jackson Foundation donated $250,000 toward the renovation of Read More

Journal Article on a Comprehensive Treatment Model for Sex-Trafficked Women

Written by STOPP Website Staff (07/14/2019) Munsey, Susan, Miller, Heather E. Rugg, Terence (2018). GenerateHope: a comprehensive treatment model for sex-trafficked women. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work 15:4, 420-431. doi: 10.1080/23761407.2018.1467809 GenerateHope is a nonprofit organization based in San Diego that provides comprehensive services to adult female survivors. This article looks at the GenerateHope residential program and provides early outcome results for residents living at the program for 6 to 12 months. GenerateHope’s program includes a 30-hour per week schedule that includes academics, trauma-related psychotherapy and supplemental therapies. For this study, GenerateHope used three assessments to assess improvements in well-being, Read More

Continent-Wide Human Trafficking Hotlines

Written by Stopp Website Staff (06/14/2019) Polaris has administered a Human Trafficking Hotline in the United States for several years. Polaris has announced that they have been working with the Canada Centre to End Human Trafficking, who has been awarded the contract to build and run Canada’s first national human trafficking hotline. Polaris has been working with the Centre to build out the plan for the hotline, which is modelled on the Polaris-operated U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline. Polaris has for the past three years also been working with Consejo Ciudadano, which runs the national human trafficking hotline in Mexico. Read More

Opportunity to ATTEND or PRESENT at the 2019 Global Conference on Human Trafficking and Trauma!

Written by STOPP Website Staff (05/20/2019) Join us at the Global Conference on Human Trafficking and Trauma! WHAT: Opportunity to develop and explore human trafficking – survivor informed and mutually informed research, policy, and services. WHERE: University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus WHEN: June 24 – 25, 2019 Call for Abstracts – Global Conference on Human Trafficking and Trauma – Click Here For more information and to register, visit us at: https://fspeel.org/peel-institute/conferences/ Don’t forget to check out the: Official Press Release Brought to you by Family Services of Peel – Peel Institute on Violence Prevention, HEAL Trafficking, and the Women and Read More

Empowering Online Safety Guide for Women: Online Dating, Meetup, Intimate Partner Violence, and SOS Apps

Written by STOPP Website Staff (04/15/2019) This is the third article in a series of three blogs taken from vpnmentor.com, with their permission, and with their encouragement to share this information. Please feel free to use the link below to examine the complete Empowering Online Safety Guide for Women. You will find it to be a wonderful collection of very clear and instructive information having to do with online safety for women. Because 76% of girls who are trafficked begin their contact online, it is important that parents share information with their children in an appropriate way. This Safety Guide Read More

Building Recovery Conference on April 26, 2019

Written by STOPP Website Staff (04/04/2019) There is an upcoming conference in Richmond, Virginia on April 26, 2019. “Building Recovery:  Starting a Comprehensive Residential Program for Survivors of Human Trafficking” is a one-day conference sponsored by Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor is the first agency in the Richmond area to provide comprehensive services for survivors of sex trafficking.  Their staff will share their expertise along with other experts.  The keynote speaker will be Bonnie Martin, a recognized expert in trauma informed programs who has worked with thousands of victims of violence and human trafficking. Safe Harbor has an application in process Read More

The American Psychiatric Association Position Statement on Human Trafficking

Written by STOPP Website Staff (03/15/2019) The American Psychiatric Association (APA), which is the author of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), is an authority and resource at the center of mental health in the United States. There is no diagnosis in the DSM for human trafficking per se, but it is notable that the APA in November 2018 published a Position Paper on Human Trafficking. It is important that the scourge of human trafficking is now recognized and acknowledged by the APA. Following is the official release from the APA. http://stopptrafficking.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/position-statement.pdf