January 9, 2019

Help Ensure the Next U.S. Attorney General Starts Enforcing Laws Combatting Sexual Exploitation

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold confirmation hearings for Mr. William Barr for the position of U.S. Attorney General of U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) next week. Help us urge the Committee to ensure Mr. Barr’s commitment to rigorous enforcement of the nation’s laws combating sexual exploitation, and to adopt proactive measures in combatting sexual exploiters. With the upcoming confirmation hearings, Judiciary Committee members have a momentous opportunity to reproach the agency for dereliction of its responsibility to uphold such laws, and to charge Mr. Barr to clean house.

This includes:

1. Federal prosecution of Internet-based platforms (such as Skip the Games, Switter, Bedpage, and others) which promote prostitution and facilitate sex trafficking

2. Vigorous enforcement of federal obscenity laws, 18 U.S.C. § 1460 to 18 U.S.C. § 1470

3. Implementation of policy and law enforcement efforts aimed at combating demand for commercial sex

If confirmed Mr. Barr will have great power and opportunity to set U.S. law enforcement priorities. As such, we must implore the committee to question Mr. Barr on his committment to these issues.


Here’s a special message from Ben Miller and Sommer Porter after hand-delivering letters to all Senate Judiciary Member offices today:

Live from the Hart Senate Office Building

We're reaching out to Senators asking them to make sure William Barr (U.S. Attorney General nominee) is committed to combatting the full spectrum of sexual exploitation – from sex trafficking to obscenity law, and more. Tune in !Take Action Here: https://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/ensuring-the-next-u-s-attorney-general/

Posted by National Center on Sexual Exploitation on Wednesday, January 9, 2019



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Dawn Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Hawkins is CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the leading organization exposing the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and child sexual abuse. Dawn’s energy, creativity and mobilization skills are deployed to build a world free from sexual violence, with freedom and human dignity for all.

Dawn is deeply committed to bipartisan political solutions at the federal and state level. Her issue expertise, visionary initiatives, and innovative strategy have led to groundbreaking change in the legislative arena and in multimillion-dollar corporate policies.

Dawn has been instrumental in re-imaging the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She has centered the need to address buyer demand for commercial sex, called out corporate entities facilitating exploitation through the annual Dirty Dozen List, fostered an international movement, and constantly: advocates for survivors. Her work has sparked change at Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, the Department of Defense, Instagram, TikTok, and other influential firms. Dawn has appeared on many television programs, including CNN, Fox & Friends, and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

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