Catalyzing Policies to Eradicate Sexual Exploitation
Join us October 26 – 27, 2023 in Washington, DC for:
» Briefing to Congress
» Congressional Advocacy Days
» Radiating Hope Gala
Briefing to Congress
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
At the U.S. Capitol
A panel of lived-experience and policy specialists will provide a comprehensive and enlightening examination of the intricate issues of sexual abuse and exploitation. Beyond merely illuminating these complex problems, the panel will offer insightful, tangible solutions aimed at radically reducing the marketplace for sexual exploitation.
Congressional representatives, media, and advocates alike will gain invaluable understanding, empowering us all to fight against these egregious violations of human dignity.
Congressional Advocacy Days
October 26, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
October 27, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
In the U.S. House & Senate Office Buildings
Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with over 100 advocates for human dignity as we collectively strive to influence every congressional office!
Join small, focused groups for pre-scheduled meetings or partake in spontaneous drop-in visits to key offices.
This is our chance to directly engage with federal policy makers, making them partners in our mission to eradicate sexual exploitation. Our ambitious policy goals include:
- Ensuring that Big Tech firms prioritize and uphold the safety of our children,
- Preventing the widespread proliferation of image-based sexual abuse,
- Holding accountable those who attempt to buy sexual access to vulnerable individuals,
- And more!
Radiating Hope Gala
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
At The Crystal Gateway Marriott
Immerse yourself in a remarkable evening of inspiring connections, sumptuous dining, and captivating rhythms, all dedicated to honoring the remarkable contributions and enduring legacy of NCOSE’s President, Patrick A. Trueman. As we come together on this special night, we celebrate his impactful journey and laud his momentous transition into a well-deserved retirement.
This celebration is also testament to our collective progress as a movement, and a renewed commitment to propelling us forward towards a future imbued with greater human dignity and freedom from sexual exploitation.
Celebrating Patrick A. Trueman
For over 40 years, Patrick Trueman has shown dedicated and imaginative leadership in working to protect children, families, and society from the immense harms of pornography, sexual abuse and trafficking. Pat’s unique legal experience involves both federal prosecution and civil litigation – including cases before the U.S. Supreme Court -- as well as a passion for justice have made him a strong force for good in this difficult but critical fight for human dignity and flourishing.
Starting at the U.S. Department of Justice in the 1980s, Trueman served as the Chief of Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in the Department’s Criminal Division, overseeing the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography and obscenity. In this capacity, Trueman became convinced of two truths which set his professional course in motion. First, he saw that if left unchecked, the production and widespread dissemination of child pornography and obscenity would threaten the social and emotional norms that form the very basis for healthy individuals, marriages, and families; what was circulating was far from the “victimless crime” that some wanted to portray. Second, the fight against trafficking and pornography COULD be won - if we marshal the right forces against it. At the DOJ, Trueman’s team developed a novel nationwide strategy to go after the major producers and distributors of pornography by teaming with the 93 United States Attorneys across the nation. Together, they successfully prosecuted child pornography, obscenity and sex trafficking crimes using legal tools and approaches that had never been done before. The results – putting a number of major pornography cartels out of business – is a credit to his leadership.
Moving ahead to 2010, Pat became president and CEO of the national organization Morality in Media, later renamed National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE). Much as he did at the Department of Justice, Trueman expanded and directed NCOSE into an organization that would combat sexual exploitation like no other in our country’s history. This organization addresses all forms of sexual exploitation, with a laser focus on the ever expanding and unregulated on-line world of child sexual abuse material, obscenity, and human trafficking.
In 2013, Pat and his team developed a campaign for holding business entities accountable for sexual exploitation by launching the “Dirty Dozen List,” which continues to result in major changes. For example, Google turned pornography-blocking software to the “On Mode” in their Chromebooks which they distribute to school children across the globe. Other significant changes from global business entities like TikTok, SnapChat, Amazon, United Airlines, Visa and hotel conglomerates have all come about because they don’t want to be identified on the “Dirty Dozen List.”
In 2014, NCOSE realized the power in harnessing hundreds of advocates in this fight, launching the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit. Today, under a loose-knit coalition, there are over 500 multi-disciplined organizations working together with NCOSE, throughout the world. They collaborate, share resources and strategies to end sexual abuse and exploitation.
Bringing the fight into the legal arena, Pat visualized adding a national law center to NCOSE, focusing on civil litigation and justice for survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation. It operates with one end goal - to take down the pornography and sex trafficking industries. The NCOSE Law Center opened its doors in 2016 and is now involved in numerous ground-breaking and high-profile cases throughout the United States.
Under Pat’s leadership and working alongside NCOSE’s outstanding CEO, Dawn Hawkins and a diversity of talented board and staff, the organization has grown tremendously, providing excellent resources for research, civil litigation, advocacy, legislative policy and training.
Throughout these last 13 years, individuals and foundations have put their trust and support in NCOSE by providing the funding to develop a Law Center, Policy Center, Research Center, Corporate Advocacy and International Center. They support NCOSE because of the organization’s strong leaders, trustworthy relationships, and its’ proven track record holding to account the wide web of individuals and corporate bad actors whose actions -- and inactions -- allow pornography and trafficking to threaten our social fabric. As we continue to grow and strategically expand, NCOSE’s next phase is to develop an all-encompassing parents’ center to provide more excellent resources to help protect families from sexual exploitation.
All Times Listed In Eastern Time
Nearest Airport: Washington Reagan (DCA)
Other Airports: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) are both about one hour from Washington, DC, and have public transportation options available.
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Richmond Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22202
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can register to attend just the Hill events or just the Gala. When you register, please indicate which events you will attend. Your name will be needed for security purposes and for accurate counts for meals.
There will be vegetarian and gluten free options for both the lunches and the Gala dinner. When you register, please indicate if you would like one of these.
Yes, you will be required to go through security similar to the airport. Water is allowed!
Wear comfortable shoes! There is a lot of walking between meetings. Pack light! Bring your business cards. We will provide materials to leave behind in your meetings. We encourage you to bring snacks and a water bottle.
Business professional is suggested for the Congressional Briefing and Capitol Hill meetings for October 26.
Blue t-shirts will be provided for the October 27 meetings and group photo.
This will be a great experience! You’ll be together with fellow leaders who have done this before! You will also be sent some prep materials and NCOSE will host two virtual trainings the week before the Hill meetings to review what to expect for these meetings, how they are typically formatted, and our team will provide materials on relevant bills and talking points.
The list of bills and talking points will be emailed and provided at a a virtual pre-meeting to review talking points & the agenda.
Generally, our goals will be focused on:
- Push the tech industry to prioritize child safety and to listen to survivors of sexual exploitation.
- Require websites to swiftly remove image-based sexual abuse and if they allow sexually explicit material, require age and meaningful consent verification.
- Increased support services for survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation
- Accountability for sex buyers, traffickers, pimps, and those who cause sexual harm
Individuals who register for the Capitol Hill days will receive an email with more details before the event. You will not receive information about the Capitol Hill meetings unless you registered to participate.
Some participants will partake in pre-scheduled meetings in small groups, meetings NCOSE will schedule. You are NOT required to contact your members of Congress to schedule a meeting unless you want to. Others will be led by policy experts in small groups to conduct drop-in visits to key offices. More information about meeting assignments will be provided at a virtual training on October 23.
We kindly suggest cocktail attire for our Radiating Hope Gala. While a tuxedo is not required, we encourage you to dress up for this special occasion. Gentlemen might consider a suit or blazer, and ladies might opt for a cocktail dress or dressy separates. Above all, we want you to feel comfortable and enjoy the evening.
More details coming soon
Conditions to Attend
- Those attending this event series, Hope on the Hill: Catalyzing Policies to Eradicate Sexual Exploitation, agree with the view that the commodification of people for sex is inherently harmful.
- Attendees come with a spirit of open-mindedness, respect and tolerance for differing political views, with the goal of building bi-partisan solutions for human dignity.
- The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) does not tolerate harassment in any form.
- NCOSE reserves the right to sanction or expel participants.