July 17, 2017

Progress Report: Meeting with the U.S. Department of Education, New Campaigns, and More

I have a sign in my office that says simply: “Communicate results.”

It’s meant to remind me to tell our supporters the good things we are accomplishing. Yet, things have been happening so fast this year that I find it difficult to honor that command.

So, here is a quick update on this last week:

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Executive Director, Dawn Hawkins, and a supporter activist outside the Department of Education.

Last week, we had an important meeting at the U. S. Department of Education on the problem of EBSCO and related companies supplying porn-filled databases to schoolchildren. EBSCO also sent us a letter last week and several emails telling us of numerous changes they made at our request to eliminate problematic material. We have hope for real progress on this front, to protect children in schools, but there is a lot of work ahead of us.

Last week, we also co-hosted a congressional briefing in the U.S. Capitol building titled, “Creating a World Without Exploitation.”

 

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Congressman Chris Smith attended and spoke about combating sex trafficking at the national briefing.

 

The room was at full capacity with standing room only, and Congressional staff from both sides of the aisle attended in order to learn more about the need to curb the normalization of buying sex from a prostituted or sex trafficked person. Learn more here.

We held the fourth in our Confronting Sexploitation Summer Seminar Series, which addressed the reasons prostitution is sexual exploitation, not “sex work.” These are lectures to a live audience in our office that are live-streamed to an audience that is averaging nearly 5000 views within 24 hours of the lecture. Learn more here.

A Comcast Vice President called me last week to inform that as a result of our campaign the company will no longer display the titles of its porn movie offerings in their program guide available to all viewing customers. Instead, titles will be behind a screen that requires several steps before one may view them. The descriptions of the videos will also be “sanitized.” This is progress but not sufficient for us and thus we launched a major social media and call-in campaign against Comcast this week. Learn more here.

We launched a major effort against the “Walmart of online gaming,” a company called Steam, because of two new games that are pornographic and available to children on the company’s website. Learn more here.

There is so much opportunity and progress in the fight for human dignity! Please join our cause by getting involved in the campaigns and events linked above, or by considering a donation to keep this momentum going.

Together, our voices are making a difference!

Patrick A. Trueman, Esq.

CEO & President

Patrick Trueman serves as president and chief executive officer at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.  He spearheads efforts to address the intersectionality between all forms of sexual exploitation, including the public health crisis of pornography, the demand for commercial sexual exploitation, the abuse of children, and more. Under his leadership, NCOSE has produced policy improvements at a wide range of notable institutions, including Google, Wal-Mart, the Department of Justice, Verizon, the Federal Communications Commission, and more.

In 2015, Mr. Trueman, a lawyer for more than 40 years, established the organization’s Law Center, to influence the law and our courts to ensure the values of human dignity are represented.

Patrick Trueman is a former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division at the U. S. Department of Justice from 1988 to 1993. While there, he supervised the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography, and obscenity, managing an office of prosecutors and working with the nation’s ninety-three United States Attorneys to initiate and coordinate federal prosecutions.

During his years as a lawyer, he litigated cases at all levels of the federal system, including in the United States Supreme Court. He has been an advisor to many municipalities on First Amendment law and has helped draft ordinances to end or curb the impact of sexually oriented businesses such as pornography shops, strip clubs, and related establishments. A recognized international expert, Mr. Trueman has traveled throughout the world to speak about human trafficking and the harms of sexual exploitation.

Mr. Trueman lives just outside Washington, D.C., and is married to Laura Clay Trueman. Laura and Pat Trueman have three children.

 

 

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