May 7, 2020

Announcing the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation!

Sexual abuse and exploitation know no boundaries. Global governing bodies and corporations make decisions that cause ripple effects around the world, for better or worse.

Take the case of Camilla* for example.

Camilla is a 14-year-old girl in the United Kingdom. She was groomed by an older man online to send a sexually explicit videos of herself to him over Snapchat (an American owned worldwide social media company.) 

This was exploitative and psychologically damaging enough, but tragically it only got worse. Months later when she went to school and saw classmates huddled together looking at their phones and giving her disgusted looks.

The sexually explicit video had been uploaded to one of the largest pornography websites in the world—run by a global pornography corporation that is based in Canada. 

Her life was devastated.

Not only did she have to recover from being groomed into sending sexually exploitative content, and not only was she now bullied and ostracized for it, but she also knew that men around the world were watching her videos… 

This is one of the countless cases where international and global institutions are facilitating and escalating abuse and sexual harm.

Here at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, we fight to make sure stories like Camilla’s don’t happen to anyone else. We know that sometimes, the strategic impact of global campaigns is higher than domestic-focused campaigns.

I know you are aware of these issues, and care about them deeply. You can’t hear the story of Camilla and not feel the need to take action, just like we can’t.

  • Pornography is being normalized and promoted through mainstream multinational corporations and is being funneled into developing countries through technology give-aways.
  • Pro-prostitution lobbyists are working around the world and in global bodies of power like the United Nations to either legalize or fully decriminalize prostitution, which research shows would result in increased sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, and they are funded by mega-donor organizations.
  • And tragically, even when one sex trafficking victim is rescued, two more take their place in exploitation, because there has been no international plan to combat and prevent the root cause of the sex trafficking marketplace: sex buying (aka the demand).

It’s these very things that have led the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to intentionally broaden our reach beyond the United States. 

And you’ve seen the work we can do globally! 

Thanks to our partners like you, we know how to leverage our impact to not only help those here in the United States, but also across the world.

As a global movement is needed now more than ever, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation decided to launch its International Centre on Sexual Exploitation (ICOSE).

This is not a new venture. It is scaling and expanding NCOSE’s existing expertise, connections, and global activities to be more efficient and deliberate.

It is a response to a need—to the reality that no other organization is leading the international approach to connect the dots between all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse and to guide unified coalition-based action to improve private and public policies.

Our Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach, Haley McNamara, moved to Cambridge, England to direct the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation a few weeks ago. 

The International Centre on Sexual Exploitation is already accomplishing a great deal in these first few weeks. 

  • The #CESESummit already has speakers from 29 countries and thousands of attendees registered from 58 countries! 
  • Our joint international campaign #WakeUpInstagram has pushed Instagram to make significant changes towards a safer platform especially during COVID-19 while many kids are onlnine.
  • We will tell you about a 3rd major project of ICOSE later today!

Thank you for partnering with us.

We believe in a world free from sexual abuse and exploitation. With your help, we are moving ever closer to that realization!

Please consider a financial contribution to help grow these efforts.


*name changed.

Haley McNamara (Halverson)

Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach

Haley McNamara (formerly Halverson) is the Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and the Director of the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation. She leads international efforts and joint campaigns to improve policies and education among global governing bodies, citizenry, and corporations. She promotes corporate social responsibility by constructing annual activism campaigns like the Dirty Dozen List, which names 12 mainstream private companies that facilitate sexual exploitation. Her advocacy work has contributed to instigating policy improvements in the native online advertising, retail, and hotel industries.

She is a former member of the Washington DC Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. This Committee advises DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on the multi-faceted continuum of the District of Columbia’s child welfare services, including prevention, early intervention, treatment, and sources of permanency.

Haley regularly speaks and writes on topics including child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, prostitution, sexual objectification, the exploitation of males, and more. She has presented before officials at the United Nations, as well as at several national symposia before influencers from the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Croatian government officials. She has provided training to Arlington County Child & Family Services on the social media grooming, recruitment, and advertising for sex trafficking. She has a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University where she received honors for her thesis regarding the online commercial sexual exploitation marketplace.

Previously, Haley served for two years as Director of Communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she oversaw strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for Media Research Center. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) with a double major, 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 internships in the DC area.

Haley has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Times, NBC’s The Today Show, BBC News, New York Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Fox News, San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, Yahoo News, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, the Washington Examiner, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, The Detroit News, Lifezette, 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.

She has written op-eds for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, FoxNews.com, Washington Examiner, Townhall.com, Darling Magazine, the Daytona-Beach News Journal, and has been published in the Journal of Internet Law and the journal Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and ViolenceShe has also contributed to a digital middle school curriculum regarding the links between sex trafficking and pornography as well as the public health impacts of sex trafficking.

She currently lives outside Cambridge, UK.

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