Haley Halverson

Director of Communications

Haley Halverson joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) as Director of Communications in May of 2015. Haley cares deeply about human rights and the issue of sexual exploitation, particularly regarding those exploited in the sex industry. In her role, Haley acts as a spokesperson for NCOSE and oversees strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing. She is also the host of the “Sexploitation?” podcast, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for Media Research Center. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) where she double majored in Politics and interdisciplinary religious studies, and conducted a senior thesis on the abolitionist argument regarding prostitution. During her studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University and established a background in policy research through several internship experiences in the DC area.

Haley has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Post, BBC News, Fox News, the Washington Post, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, the Christian Post, Lifeline with Neil Boron, EWTN News Nightly, KCBS San Francisco Radio, LifeSiteNews, The Drew Mariano Show on Relevant Radio, News Talk KGVO, and American Family News.

Articles by Haley Halverson

Investigative Reporters Find Sex Ads Remain on Backpage.com, After Site “Shuts Down” Adult Section

Publicity stunts aren’t the same as policy changes. Two months ago Backpage.com, an online classifieds website that’s under scrutiny from the federal government for its facilitation of sex trafficking and prostitution, “shut down” the section on its website entitled “adult services.” This change occurred the night before Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer and founders, Michael Lacey […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

Podcast: Is Pornography Really an “Industry?”

Ep. 21: Special guest, Dr. Gail Dines analyzes the big business behind porn. While popular Internet pornography today seems like it is being mass produced by thousands of companies, the reality is that there is a porn monopoly. Could this be good news? On this episode of the “Sexploitation?” podcast, Dr. Dines provides key insights into the […]

Podcast: SEXPLOITATION?

Podcast: How Can We Change Corporate Policies That Exploit?

Ep. 20 Changing culture by changing major companies.   We live in an age where many consumers demand transparency from companies they trust. We want to know the working conditions of those who made our clothing, and if pesticides were used to grow our food. Now, thanks to The Dirty Dozen List, we can see which […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

Podcast: Are Schools Actively Exposing Children to Porn?

Online library databases in many schools are piping pornographic and sexually explicit materials into children’s lives. We were shocked when we discovered EBSCO, and other similar companies, that provide academic resources for grades K-12 are not filtering out sexually explicit content. Even innocent searches return results like links to hardcore pornography websites, stories normalizing student-teacher […]

Podcast: SEXPLOITATION?

Podcast: Are Magazine Swimsuit Issues Actually Empowering?

Ep. 18 A look at Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue Every February the Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue hits the shelves and some individuals applaud it as a celebration of the athletic female body. However, the truth is that Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue is not a triumph of female athleticism, agency, or empowerment. Instead, it is a descent […]

Podcast: SEXPLOITATION?

Podcast: Does “Fifty Shades of Grey” Normalize Domestic Abuse?

The London Abused Women’s Centre, Canada; Collective Shout, Australia; Culture Reframed, USA; and The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), USA have partnered to raise awareness that Fifty Shades of Grey – and it’s latest film installment Fifty Shades Darker – normalizes domestic violence. Tune-in to learn more about the themes of Fifty Shades of Grey […]

Fifty Shades of Grey Is Abuse

Social Media Campaign to #TackleDemand for Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Reaches Over 1 Million People

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation partnered with over 25 other human rights, anti-trafficking organizations to send one simple message on the night of the Super Bowl: “Real sports fans don’t buy sex.” This simple concept caught on, and by the end of the night, over 1 million individuals saw this message through sharing on […]

Tackle Demand

Podcast: Why Are Some Children Becoming Sexual Predators?

An Alabama child advocacy group called Palmer Place recently reported an increase in child-on-child sex abuse cases. These reports mirror several statements by law enforcement and child advocacy groups around the country that are concerned with the rising trend of children sexually abusing other children. Why is this happening? Tune-in to the latest episode of […]

Podcast: SEXPLOITATION?

South Dakota’s Senate Just Declared Pornography a Public Health Crisis

South Dakota senators have unanimously passed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis. This non-binding resolution was based on the model resolution written by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. The term “public health crisis” is used to broadly define both physical and social problems—from cigarette smoking to bullying—and it unequivocally applies to pornography, […]

Talking Points: Public Health Crisis of Pornography

Victory! Snapchat Improved its Policy on Graphic, Risqué Stories

Snapchat is finally starting to listen to its concerned users. This Monday Snapchat updated its guidelines for Discover publishers to discourage click bait and announced that in February Snapchat will give publishers a tool that allows them to age-gate content, or stop minors from seeing specific content. Snapchat Discover is a section of that app […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Snapchat

Podcast: What Can President Trump Do to Combat Sexploitation?

America is suffering from a sexual exploitation crisis. Sex trafficking, pornography addiction, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and more, are issues significantly impacting American citizens, families, and communities. This necessitates that the full spectrum of sexual harm must be addressed by our federal government. NCOSE is located in Washington DC in order to elevate the […]

DOJ Watch On Illegal Pornography

Podcast: Could Prostitution Be Fully Decriminalized in California?

An alarming court case (Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLERP) v. Gascón) is being appealed in the Ninth Circuit this year that argues California’s prostitution laws are unconstitutional and that call for prostitution to be fully decriminalized. The results of this case could impact 20% of America’s population. That’s why the National Center on […]

Bright Light on the Red Light: Truth about Prostitution

How to Participate in National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month 2017

It’s January again, which means that people all across America are getting involved in National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The national effort to raise awareness about the local and global problem of human trafficking has been going on for over a decade. In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as the National […]

Tackle Demand

Podcast: When Should You Talk to Your Kids About Pornography?

Before we can begin to address “how” to talk to kids about pornography, it’s important to understand “when” that conversation becomes relevant. Many parents might assume that a few years after puberty is the time to have this talk. However, in today’s digital culture, studies show that many children are being exposed to pornography before […]

Podcast: SEXPLOITATION?

New Year, New Resolution: Pledge to Turn Off Pornography in 2017

The number of self-improvement blogs and articles always skyrocket around New Years Eve. In fact, they can become pretty overwhelming. So what resolution should you focus on for 2017? If you’re looking to improve your health, your relationships, and culture at large all at the same time…We’ve got the goal for you. New Years Resolution: Pledge to […]

What Can We Do About Domestic Violence During the Holidays?

The holidays are often thought of as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for victims of domestic violence, the holidays can be a time of isolation and fear. Listen to the “Sexploitation?” Podcast Episode on Domestic Violence During the Holidays. Available on iTunes, and GooglePlay. Domestic or intimate partner abuse (whether it’s physical, emotional, or sexual) is often […]

Podcast: SEXPLOITATION?

Podcast: Can You Protect Your Library From Porn?

A surprising number of public libraries do not have pornography filtering software. An even larger number employ ineffective filtering software that children and adults are bypassing to gain access to pornography while at the local library. This not only harms the health of individuals using pornography, but it also paves the way for problems of child pornography use and unintentional […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

New Podcast Episode: Why Does Amnesty International Want to Decriminalize Prostitution?

Ep. 9 Full decriminalization is a gift to sex traffickers, pimps, and sex buyers. Amnesty International has developed a policy document supporting full decriminalization of prostitution. Full decriminalization of prostitution is one of the world’s most disastrous approaches to the sex trade. “Full” decriminalization refers to the repeal of laws pertaining to pimping, brothel keeping, and […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

The Porn Industry Chooses Profits Over Basic Protections to Performers Health

Proposition 60, a California ballot proposition which would have required that condoms be used and visible in all pornographic films, failed to pass last week. This was a loss for human rights, and a loss for public health. Pornography is causing a public health crisis in America, and the negative effects are felt by not only pornography […]

Talking Points: Public Health Crisis of Pornography

Podcast Episode: Does Sexting Make You Vulnerable to Exploitation?

Sexting, the sending of nude or explicit messages through texts, social media, or apps, is a serious social pressure in today’s culture. The eighth episode of the “Sexploitation?” podcast addresses the prevalence of sexting among teens and young adults, and it’s impact on sexual exploitation. One recent survey released found that 66% of teens and young adults have […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Twitter

Podcast Episode: What Is White Ribbon Against Pornography Week?

How can you get involved for this week of activism and awareness? The seventh episode of the “Sexploitation?” podcast explores the origin of White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week. This national campaign started with one woman named Norma Norris. Norma had the courage to take a stand against pornography, and her creativity set off a […]

Podcast: SEXPLOITATION?

Podcast Episode: Should Prostitution Be Considered a Job?

Popular media portrays those involved in prostitution as typically glamorized or empowered individuals. However, the research reveals that this is not the experience of the vast majority of those involved in the sex trade. Melissa Farley’s research found: “Across countries, 73 percent reported physical assault in prostitution, 62 percent reported having been raped since entering […]

Bright Light on the Red Light: Truth about Prostitution

Podcast Episode: Does Pornography Increase Sexual Violence?

Does what we watch have an impact on how we think? Or what we do? Alarming research is showing that pornography can shape the user’s sexual template around themes of degradation, ambiguous consent, and violence. A meta-analysis of 46 studies reported that the effects of exposure to pornographic material are “clear and consistent,” and puts one at […]

Podcast: SEXPLOITATION?

HBO’s Westworld Promotes Rape Culture

HBO is building a legacy of rape culture entertainment. The new HBO series, Westworld, premiered Sunday night and wasted no time before building upon this new “great tradition” in television of commodifying and consuming the female body. The first episode of HBO’s latest series, Westworld, contains a reference to the raping of a corpse, uses brothels as […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

The “Sexploitation” Podcast is Launched!

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation officially has a podcast! The “Sexploitation?” podcast decodes sexual harms and provides you with active solutions. We address the full spectrum of sexual exploitation, from sex trafficking to sexual violence, to rape culture, to pornography, and more. And better yet, we give you the tools to make a difference! […]

Podcast: SEXPLOITATION?

International Leaders are Meeting at the CESE Summit

The 3rd annual Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Summit is bringing leaders together! We have over 400 attendees from over 30 states and 7 countries gathering together to learn, network, and strategize about how to make a difference. Know this: you are not alone. There is an entire army of people who care about […]

Personal: Speaking Up

Podcast Episode: Does Facebook Facilitate Sex Trafficking?

We think of sex trafficking as only occurring in dingy dungeons, but really so much of it has moved online – it’s a digital age – you no longer need to “know a guy” or go to the seedy side of town to have access to information about buying sex – now access to what […]

2015 Dirty Dozen: Facebook

Podcast Episode: Is Porn Really a Public Health Crisis?

Utah passed a formal state resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis in the summer of 2016, then that fall the RNC added the same language to its official republican platform, and presidential nominee at the time of this recording wrote a letter to the organization Enough is Enough stating that she is supportive of […]

Podcast: SEXPLOITATION?

Join Our Action Club to Take Your Activism to a Whole New Level

I’m excited to announce we have a new and easy way for you to get involved in the movement to end sexual exploitation! You can join our Action Club to receive 4-5 texts a month with urgent actions to defend human dignity including petitions, emails, social media sharing, and more. Joining is simple. Text ACTION to 53445 and […]

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Pamela Anderson Says Porn is “a Public Hazard”

Former Baywatch star and Playboy model Pamela Anderson is speaking out against pornography. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, co-written with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Pamela Anderson criticized pornography for its  “corrosive effects on a man’s soul and on his ability to function as husband and, by extension, as father.” She didn’t hold any punches, citing disgraced former politician Anthony […]

Personal: Speaking Up

[VIDEO] Get Inspired at Our Upcoming Summit!

Get Inspired and Get Equipped at Our 2016 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation A movement for human dignity is surging in America. That is why faith leaders, academic experts, recovery programs, and public advocates are uniting this year at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Summit, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, in Houston, Texas. This year, […]

City Blitz Campaigns

These Male Olympic Athletes Are Getting “Magic Miked”

“36 of the Greatest Summer Olympic Bulges” This is the headline of a recent Cosmopolitan magazine article, which collected photos to emphasize the genital regions of various male Olympic athletes. Instead of focusing on the athletic accomplishments of swimmers, cyclists, or gymnasts, Cosmo has once again returned to one of its favorite recreational activities: sexual […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

This Leading Virtual Reality Firm is Saying “No” to Porn

When virtual reality (VR) headsets started hitting the market a few years ago, the porn industry was ready. Wasting no time, one of the largest porn sites launched a VR pornography section and began to give away thousands of headsets. All to attract its “customers” to the 360 degree, immersive, porn experience where the user feels […]

Personal: Speaking Up

Bethany Shares Her Story: It’s Not Just a “Guy Problem”

Twenty-four-year-old Bethany MacDonald says it isn’t just men who suffer because of online pornography. She says she became addicted and was unable to have relationships because of it. Watch Her Explanation Here: Bethany told BBC she first saw it when she was nine years old. She said she became afraid of relationships and was watching it two […]

Personal Stories

7 Navy Doctors Investigate: Is Internet Porn Causing Erectile Dysfunction?

[Note: this article contains medical discussion of sexual dysfunctions.] A new paper investigating the harms of pornography has been published, and its findings are cause for concern. A team of seven urologists, neuroscientists and psychiatrists from the Navy along with Gary Wilson, the founder of YourBrainOnPorn, set out to collect the facts, review research, and […]

Resources: Struggling?

MEDIA ADVISORY: National Experts Gather to Combat Full Spectrum of Sexual Exploitation in Advance of the Super Bowl

WHO: National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) EVENT: 2016 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit WHEN: September 29-October 1 WHERE: Omni Houston Hotel Westside, 13219 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079 WHY: Sex trafficking, sexual violence, child sexual abuse, prostitution, pornography, and more, are all links on a seamless continuum of sexual exploitation. At the 2016 Coalition to […]

#TransformationTuesday: A Look Back on Our First CESE Summit

Watch Our the Video of Our First CESE Summit Here: It’s exciting to look back at this video and realize how far we’ve come! Every year, the Summit grows in size and impact. This year we already have guests registering from Australia, Africa, the UK, Uganda, and more. While the problem of sexual exploitation is as […]

Porn Harms Conference (CESE Summit)

The Brock Turner Rule: Recognizing the Links Between Pornography and Rape

In the aftermath of the Stanford rape case, in which convicted rapist Brock Turner received a sentence of only six months in jail and three years of probation, the national dialogue on campus sexual assault has been tragically re-ignited. Understandably, this case has left many wondering what factors might have contributed to this crime. It […]

Talking Points: Increase in Violence

Action Alert: You Can Send a Message to Amnesty International

What is a Thunderclap? Thunderclap is a tool that enables us to create a “virtual flashmob” in order to raise awareness about an issue. When you sign up you are scheduling the social media message “Prostitution is Sexploitation; Decriminalizing Helps Pimps and Sex Buyers! #NoAmnesty4Pimps #AmnestyInternational” to be posted on your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr. These […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

Is the Sexual Violence in Game of Thrones Just Representing a Harsh Historical Reality?

It’s no secret that Game of Thrones, a popular fantasy epic on HBO, has become well known for its salacious depictions of sexual assault. Full nudity and pornographic depictions of incest have been the wallpaper of this storyline, and “character development” for male protagonists has often hinged upon degrading and violating women. In fact, last year there […]

Game of Thrones

10 Inspirational Quotes for the Movement to Defend Dignity

Some days you just need an inspirational quote to motivate your passion to defend dignity, love, and family. Whether it’s a day you are on fire for the movement to end sexual exploitation, or a day when you are discouraged, reflecting on positive and encouraging thoughts always seems to make my day just a little […]

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On International Women’s Day, We Must Address the Role of Pornography in Fostering Inequality

The theme of International Women’s Day this year is gender parity. Individuals and organizations around the world are being encouraged to sign a “parity pledge” to commit to promoting gender equality in the workplace and in daily life. A call for mutual respect and equality between sexes is worthy of attention. But often people don’t […]

Personal: Speaking Up

The United Nations Must Consider This Torture: Reports to the UN by NCOSE

The United Nations must recognize that all individuals have an inherent right to be free from the sexual exploitation, objectification, and violence which are inherently found in prostitution and pornography. The experiences of physical, mental, and verbal abuse commonly experienced in both pornography and prostitution are consistent with torture and should be addressed accordingly. This […]

Personal: Speaking Up

These Hotels Are Getting Out of the Pornography Business

Dawn Hawkins and Lisa Thompson discuss the numerous hotels that have removed on-demand pornography options as a result of the Dirty Dozen List and public pressure. WATCH VIDEO HERE: Starwood Hotel & Resorts (which owns brands like Sheraton and Westin) and InterContinental Hotels Group (which owns brands like Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza) have both committed to […]

2016 Dirty Dozen: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Cosmo Calls a Torture Porn Site “Ethical”…

This last December, Cosmopolitan published an article about how to know if the porn are watching is “ethical.” This isn’t the first time that Cosmo has promoted pornography, but its attempt to label porn as “ethical” reaches a new level of social irresponsibility. Let’s get one thing straight: no industry based on an individual being […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

InterContinental Hotels Group Re-Commits to Remove All On-Demand Pornography

A new age in the hotel industry is dawning. And it doesn’t include pornography. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), an international hotel company, has worked the past few months with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to ensure that none of its hotels will get away with selling on-demand pornography. IHG’s renewed commitment to enforcing a brand standard […]

No Vacancy for Exploitation: Hotel Project

Sexpresso Cafés: Where Men Can Sexually Harass Women in Peace

Most work places require basic codes of conduct, such as protecting employees from sexual harassment. But then some, like Sexpresso Cafés, accept and facilitate the jeers, leering, name calling, and lewd behavior routinely experienced by their staff. Sexpresso Cafés are drive-thru coffee stands that employ the marketing tactic of requiring employees to wear pasties, thongs, […]

2016 Dirty Dozen: Sexpresso Cafes

Sports Illustrated: Objectifying Plus Sized Models Doesn’t Make You “Body Positive”

The 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue released three covers this year, one of which features a plus-sized model, and all of which normalize sexual objectification and exploitation. Consumers of Sports Illustrated‘s annual “pop-culture porn” get to choose between a cover of a plus-sized woman, a woman who is naked except for body paint, and another woman who is […]

Sexual Exploitation Watch

Dallas City Council Votes to Ban Porn Expo Despite Threats of Lawsuit

The Dallas City Council, led by Mayor Rawlings, voted Wednesday afternoon to ban Exxxotica, a pornography expo, from returning to the city-owned downtown convention center. Needless to say, the Exxxotica expo, and the porn industry at large, will not be happy with the Dallas City Council the same way the East India Company was not […]

Sexual Exploitation Watch

This Website Will Be a Hub for Sex Trafficking at the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl. Football, half-time, hilarious commercials. And sex trafficking. In recent years, the public has become vastly more aware about the tragedy of sex trafficking at large sporting events like the Super Bowl. Because of this awareness, law enforcement is preemptively striving to ensure safety and security to the many thousands of men and women […]