Media Advisory: National Symposium at the U.S. Capitol on “Protecting Children from Online Sexual Exploitation”

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Experts from across the country will come together in Washington, D.C. to unpack the reality of harms facing many children online today and to provide urgent policy recommendations to address those harms

WHO: National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE)

EVENT: National Symposium at the U.S. Capitol on “Protecting Children from Online Sexual Exploitation: Advancing Policy Solutions to Solve Child Sexual Exploitation in the Digital Age”

WHEN: November 6, 2019

WHERE: Gold Room, 2168 Rayburn House Office Building

WHY: In the digital age, child safety and well-being are often afterthoughts which lag far behind the goals of technological advancement and profit. Corporate and governmental policies regarding social media platforms, apps, Internet-connected devices like phones and tablets, and centralized DNS over HTTPS encryption (as planned by Google and Mozilla) are systematically slow to recognize their impact on childhood pornography exposure, predatory access to and grooming of children for sexual abuse and trafficking, and the staggering traffic in child sexual abuse materials.

This must change.

Thus, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation is assembling subject matter experts to provide to Congress, as well as members of the general public, insights into the growing threats and harms of online child sexual exploitation. This discussion will also offer robust recommendations for combating online sexual exploitation and protecting children.


2:00 PM Registration & Refreshments

2:30 PM Welcome – Eleanor Gaetan, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor, National Center on Sexual Exploitation

2:35 – 2:45 PM Rape, Racism, and Incest: Pornography’s Messages for Youth – Lisa L. Thompson, Vice President of Policy and Research, National Center on Sexual Exploitation

2:45 – 2:55 PM Down the Tube: The Impacts of Social Media on the Developing Brain – Christy Kane, Ph.D. & CEO, Totumlink

2:55 – 3:05 PM Perpetrators Paradise: Finding, Grooming, Selling and Buying Children Online – Haley Halverson, Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach, National Center on Sexual Exploitation

3:05 – 3:15 PM U Home?: Social Media Apps Facilitating the Sexual Exploitation of DC’s Youth – Phylicia Henry, Director of Operations, Courtney’s House

3:15 – 3:25 PM Fix App Ratings and the Need for Policies that Actually Protect Our Children – Chris McKenna, Founder and CEO, Protect Young Eyes

3:25 – 3:40 PM Centralized DNS over HTTPS (DoH): Implications for Child Sexual Exploitation – Stacie Hoffman, Oxford Information Labs

3:40 – 3:50 PM A Crisis of Incentives: How Technology Can Protect Kids Online – Rob Spectre, Founder,

3:50 – 4:00 PM Q & A

4:00 – 4:05 PM Closing Remarks – Eleanor Gaetan, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor, National Center on Sexual Exploitation

4:05 –4:30 PM Refreshments & Networking

Press are welcome to attend the event. Email [email protected] to acquire a press pass.

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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