Lisa L. Thompson joins NCOSE as New Director of Education and Outreach

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Statement by NCOSE Executive Director, Dawn Hawkins

Washington, DC – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is proud to announce that Lisa L. Thompson is furthering the organization’s leadership and mission through her new position as Director of Education and Outreach. In this role, Lisa will oversee NCOSE’s strategic planning for increased public understanding of sexual exploitation related issues, in addition to developing research initiatives in coordination with public officials, non-profit organizations, and academic experts.

“Lisa Thompson is an authority on commercial sexual exploitation and the perfect addition to our team at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation,” said Dawn Hawkins, NCOSE Executive Director. “Lisa joins NCOSE after nearly two years with World Hope International, where she served as Director of Anti-Trafficking, and where she was also a steering committee member of the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking. She has authored articles on sexual trafficking, pornography, and commercial sexual exploitation for numerous publications, and served 12 years as the Liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking for The Salvation Army National Headquarters. Lisa is the ideal leader to spearhead NCOSE’s research and outreach.”

Lisa also chaired The Salvation Army’s North American Anti-Trafficking Council and served as Policy Representative for the National Association of Evangelicals’ (NAE) Office for Governmental Affairs in Washington, DC, from 1998 to 2001. She is a past member of the board of directors of the anti-trafficking organization Global Centurion.

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Western Kentucky University, and her Master’s degree in Leadership, Public Policy and Social Issues from Union Institute and University.

The Numbers


NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.


The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.


NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.



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