March 7, 2018

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Senate to Pass #FOSTA-#SESTA

It is absolutely essential that the United States Senate pass H.R. 1865, FOSTA-SESTA, the week of March 12 to amend the Communications Decency Act Section 230. Why now?  The House passed this bill February 28, and it’s the most monumental reform to fight sex trafficking in decades. But Senators, with pressure from outside opposition, can kill this bill simply by failing to bring it to the floor for a vote, meaning that Senators who support the underlying reform will never get a chance to vote yea or nay.

Ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn to bring this H.R. 1865 to the floor for a vote next week and thank them for their leadership using the tweets below!

It’s time to #ListenToSurvivors, @SenateMajLdr! Please bring #FOSTA-#SESTA to the floor for a vote. THANK YOU for standing with #SexTrafficking victims rather than #BigTech in this David and Goliath battle! #IamJaneDoe #MyFreedomDay Click To Tweet .@SenateMajLdr, you know reforms can die without a single Senator voting no if a bill never gets to the floor. Please #ListentoSurvivors and bring #FOSTA-#SESTA to the floor for a vote the wk of 3/12! #IamJaneDoe #MyFreedomDay Click To Tweet .@SenateMajLdr, please bring #FOSTA-#SESTA to the floor for a vote and please pass the bill without amendments! This solution is strong and it WILL help end the scourge of #SexTrafficking in America! #AmendCDA #IamJaneDoe Click To Tweet THANK YOU, Sen. @JohnCornyn, for cosponsoring #SESTA! You are standing with #SexTrafficking victims rather than #BigTech. Now please ensure #FOSTA-#SESTA makes it to the floor for a vote the week of March 12! #Amend230 #MyFreedomDay Click To Tweet Sen. @JohnCornyn, please ensure #HR1865 #FOSTA-#SESTA be given the appropriate priority so that it goes to the Senate floor the week of March 12! We must keep up the momentum, #ListenToSurvivors, and #AmendCDA230! Click To Tweet

For International Women’s Day, Thursday, March 8

On #InternationalWomensDay, one of the most significant steps you can take to #EndExploitation of women is to #AmendCDA230, @SenateMajLdr. Please, do not delay this crucial reform! Please pass #FOSTA-#SESTA the week of March 12! #IamJaneDoe Click To Tweet On #InternationalWomensDay, one of the most significant steps you can take to #EndExploitation of women is to #AmendCDA230, @JohnCornyn. Please, don't delay this crucial reform! Please pass #FOSTA-#SESTA the week of March 12! #IamJaneDoe Click To Tweet

To learn more about this issue, you can read my article in the Dignity journal and Lisa Thompson’s article in The Hill.

Haley McNamara (Halverson)

Vice President and Director of the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation

Haley McNamara (formerly Halverson) is the Director of the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation in the UK, and a Vice President at the U.S. based National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She leads international efforts and joint campaigns to improve policies and education among global governing bodies, citizenry, and corporations regarding the full web of sexual exploitation issues. Her advocacy work has contributed to policy improvements in social media, online advertising, retail, and hotel industries. She has advocated at the United Nations, led international coalition campaigns, presented to Danish, Croatian, Colombian and Rwandan government officials, and more

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 a cultural media outlet. 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,, Washington Examiner,, 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.

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