Haley Halverson

Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach

Haley Halverson is the Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she develops and executes national campaigns to change policies and raise awareness. Most notably, she promotes corporate social responsibility by constructing annual activism campaigns like the Dirty Dozen List, which names 12 mainstream private companies that facilitate sexual exploitation. Her advocacy work has contributed to instigating policy improvements in the native online advertising, retail, and hotel industries.

She is a member of the Washington DC Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, September 2018-2019. 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 is currently pursuing a Master of Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

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 Media Research Center. 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, 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, FoxNews.com, Townhall.com, 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 Violence.

Articles by Haley Halverson

Three Ways Domestic Violence Is Connected to Pornography

This article was written with assistance from Emily Hale. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an important national campaign to consider prevention and recovery efforts, along with the nature of, domestic violence which impacts millions of both men and women in America.1 Here at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, we work to address the […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

Haley Halverson Appointed to DC Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect

Haley Halverson, Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation was appointed to the Washington DC Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect this week. 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 […]

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Townhall: When Churches Become Scenes of Sexual Abuse

Haley Halverson, Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach, at NCOSE wrote an op-ed for Townhall.com about sexual abuse in churches. Below are excerpts of the op-ed, along with curated resources. This week a grand jury reported on documents from six Catholic Church dioceses in Pennsylvania that revealed 300 “predator priests” have been accused of sexually abusing […]

catholic church scandal

Issue: Sexual Violence

Comcast Executives Are Making Significant Improvement to Digital Well-Being and Safety Features

Comcast NBC Universal executives met with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) last week to discuss improvements Comcast is making for digital well-being and safety. After three years on our Dirty Dozen List and many letters, emails, and phone calls back and forth with their leadership, Comcast executives told us: “We took your feedback […]

Comcast safety parental controls

2018 Dirty Dozen: Comcast

U.S. House Passes a Bill to Ban Child Sex Dolls

Child sex dolls are incompatible with a civilized society. This Wednesday, the House of Representatives, agreed with that statement by passing a bill to prohibit the importation and interstate sale of sex dolls or robots designed to resemble children. This bill, the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act of 2017, or “CREEPER Act,” was introduced […]

2018 Dirty Dozen: Amazon

How My Childhood Led Me to Stripping

Buzzfeed released a powerful video testimonial by Harmony Dust, a survivor of sexual abuse and the sex industry, and founder of Treasures Ministries (Treasures), a faith-based, survivor-led outreach and support group to women in the sex industry and victims of sex trafficking. Harmony shares her story about how childhood sexual abuse and an abusive relationship led her into […]

How My Childhood Led Me to Stripping

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Top Videogame Company Steam Removing Sexually Graphic Content

According to Gadgets 360, Steam, one of the largest distributors of online games, has contacted several videogame developers asking them to remove sexually graphic content in their games on Steam or face delisting. This sudden action by Steam, owned by Valve, comes after a two year campaign by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation which included […]

2018 Dirty Dozen List: Steam

Resources for Individuals in Commercial Sexual Exploitation

We care about the safety and well-being of those in the sex trade, ie: prostitution, stripping, escorting, pornography, and more. If you or someone you know has been exploited, abused or in other ways victimized, here are some places to find support and help. SexTradeSurvivorResources.com This website hosts a list of resources may be able to […]

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Is the online sex trafficking era about to meet the ‘delete’ key?

This article originally appeared on FoxNews.com.  Across the web, online administrators are hitting “delete” on sex ads. Several websites built solely around prostitution and sex trafficking, such as Cityvibe, have begun going dark, and mainstream websites like Craigslist and Reddit are removing their “Hookers” and “Personals” sections which acted as thin veneers for sex trafficking […]

2018 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

On International Women’s Day, We Must Address the Role of Pornography in Fostering Inequality

The theme of International Women’s Day this year is #PressForProgress. Individuals and organizations around the world are being encouraged to stay active and avoid complacency because “while we know that gender parity won’t happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day.” A call for mutual […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

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 […]

Issue: Sex Trafficking

The Communications Decency Act: Immunity for Internet-Facilitated Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Haley Halverson, Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, published an article in the University of Rhode Island’s Dignity Journal that explains why Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act must be amended.   This paper reviews the original intent and historical application of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), most notably […]

backpage sex trafficking

Issue: Sex Trafficking

Twitter Bans AI-Generated and Non-Consensual Porn But Fails to Remove Incest, Rape-Themed Porn

If Twitter wants to take a stand against sexual exploitation on its platform, it’s time for it to holistically enforce its policy against pornography. Recently, a trend of fake pornographic videos of celebrities, generated by artificial intelligence algorithms, has emerged on social media sites. The social media platform recently made a public statement condemning the […]

Twitter revenge ai

2017 Dirty Dozen: Twitter

The Super Bowl is for Football, Not Buying Sex

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is conducting its annual Tackle Demand activism campaign to shed light on the sex trafficking that occurs every year at the Super Bowl. While the claim that the Super Bowl is the largest sex trafficking venue or event of the year is inaccurate, the atmosphere at major sporting events […]

Project_Face the Sex Trafficking Demand

Why Are Pro-Prostitution Pundits Fighting Anti-Sex Trafficking Campaigns Around the Super Bowl?

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation works with dozens of anti-sexual exploitation groups every year on the #TackleDemand campaign to raise awareness about the need to combat the demand for commercial sex. Why? In part, because the demand for commercial sex fuels sex trafficking. Every year some people make hyperbolic and false claims that the Super […]

Issue: Prostitution – Bright Light on the Red Light

Mark Salling Case: An Opportunity to Reflect on the Harms of Pornography

According to news reports, Glee star Mark Salling is dead at age 35 from an apparent suicide. Salling pleaded guilty to possession of over 50,000 images of child pornography in 2017. He was awaiting his sentencing and was facing up to seven years in prison.  As a talented, successful, prominent young man, Mark Salling does not fit […]

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Nassar Case Demonstrates Why Sexual Abuse Victims Often Remain Silent

In light of the sexual assault scandal involving former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) called on the entire USA Gymnastics board to resign and the remaining members resigned over the weekend. Such gross negligence of duty demanded a clean sweep of the leadership at USA Gymnastics, which was long overdue, […]

Issue: Sexual Violence

This Website Will Be a Hub for Sex Trafficking at the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl. Football, half-time, hilarious commercials. And sex trafficking. In recent years, the public has become more aware of the tragedy of sex trafficking at large sporting events or conferences. Because of this awareness, law enforcement is preemptively striving to ensure safety and security to the many thousands of men and women that will be […]

2018 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

How the Aziz Ansari Controversy Can Bring You and Your Partner Closer Together

On January 7th, Aziz Ansari reached “top ten trending” status on Twitter for being the first Asian American to win a Golden Globe for best actor. His “Times Up” pin sparkled in the spotlight, as did his sterling reputation as a male feminist who gave women’s issues like sexual harassment a platform in several episodes of his […]

Issue: Sexual Violence

How to Participate in National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month 2018

It’s January again, which means that people all across America are getting involved in National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The national effort to raise awareness about the local and global problem of human trafficking has been going on for over a decade. In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as the National Day […]

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Issue: Sex Trafficking

TIME’s Person of the Year and Breaking the Silence About Our Pornified Culture

TIME Magazine has named “The Silence Breakers” their 2017 Person of the Year, after months of some of the most powerful men in our society meeting their downfall following allegations of sexual harassment or assault. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation applauds all of the women and men who have come forward to share their […]

2018 Dirty Dozen List: Poster Boys of #MeToo Culture

Care about Cyntoia Brown? Stop normalizing “teenage prostitution.”

Cyntoia Brown was a 16-year-old sex trafficking victim, for all purposes invisible to society. Her trafficker, Garion “Cut Throat” McGlothen, had coercive control over her life in August 2004 when she was picked up close to a Tennessee Sonic parking lot by 43-year-old Johnny Mitchell Allan. Allan, a real estate agent, purchased Cynotia for sex that […]

Cyntoia Brown

Issue: Prostitution – Bright Light on the Red Light

What Most Current Sexual Assault Apologies Have in Common

This article appears in full on the Huffington Post As the avalanche of high-profile sexual assault and harassment controversies in Hollywood, the media, and politics continues, a noticeable rhythm has set in: public accusations mount, the man offers a denial or weak apology, and then he fades into the background as soon as the next […]

charlie rose #metoo sexual assault apologies

2018 Dirty Dozen List: Poster Boys of #MeToo Culture

Netflix Is Poised to Normalize Underage Sex Trafficking as “Prostitution”

Netflix has a chance to shape our cultural response to sexual exploitation…but will it be for better or for worse? In the age of #MeToo, and the heightened cultural dialogue surrounding sexual harassment, assault, and consent, Netflix has attempted to demonstrate corporate responsibility by cutting ties with one of its early stars—Kevin Spacey—after the actor […]

Issue: Prostitution – Bright Light on the Red Light

Steam Video Games Promote Rape Myths, Sexual Violence in Our #MeToo Culture

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has identified some in the video game industry as perpetuating rape culture and rape myths. In July NCOSE reached out to Steam, a video game distribution platform and one of the most egregious culprits, asking the company to remove sexually exploitive games. After NCOSE’s complaint, Steam added black […]

steam videogame #metoo

2018 Dirty Dozen List: Steam

Action Alert: Will Your Senator Help Fight Online Sex Trafficking?

As you may know, sex trafficking has moved online. But our laws haven’t kept up. In fact, federal law (Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act) gives broad immunity to websites that facilitate sex trafficking. Even websites like Backpage.com (a company on NCOSE’s Dirty Dozen List) that earn most of their profits from sex trafficking […]

sesta sex trafficking senators

2018 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

HBO’s The Deuce Recycles Female Sexual Exploitation for Profit

The final episode of the first season of HBO’s new show, The Deuce, will air Sunday night, bringing to a close, for now, yet another HBO series that profits off of the sexual exploitation of women. HBO’s claims that it made a show to critique the misogyny and exploitive harms of pornography and prostitution are about as convincing […]

hbo deuce

Issue: Sexual Violence

How Do We Address Sexual Harassment in Our Culture?

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and the resignation of Amazon Studio’s Chief Roy Price, as well as similar developments in Silicon Valley, senior political analyst Mark Halperin resigned from both NBC and MSNBC over his alleged sexual harassment of several women. At the National Center on Sexual Exploitation we are reiterating our call for real cultural change […]

Mark Halperin

2017 Dirty Dozen: Twitter

Terry Crews Highlights Male Abuse In Light of Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Producer Harvey Weinstein has recently been confronted with allegations of sexually harassing women in Hollywood. A torrent of women have begun stepping forward to acknowledge their stories of how Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them and abused his power. Tragically, stories of men in high power positions exploiting women are not unusual in our society. But […]

boys and men are victims too, terry crews reminds us

2018 Dirty Dozen List: Poster Boys of #MeToo Culture

If Motels Can Be Held Liable for Facilitating Sex Trafficking, Why Can’t Websites?

As reported by the Star Tribune, a motel in California has settled a case brought by Los Angeles City for its alleged role as a hub for sex trafficking activity. Motel 6 has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by Los Angeles that alleged one of the chain’s locations was a base […]

motel 6 sex trafficking

2018 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

Understanding Online Sex Trafficking and the Communications Decency Act

In this digital age, sex trafficking of children and adults flourishes online. Why? In large part because the law 47 USC 230 has been interpreted by federal and state courts to prevent victims of sex trafficking from suing these websites under either state or federal laws and to prevent States from enforcing criminal laws against […]

communications decency act

2018 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

Summer Seminar: Shattered Innocence: The Crisis and Causes of Child-on-Child Sexual Abuse

Child-on-child sexual abuse is a rising problem in America, and around the world. While most families and communities want to push it under the rug, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation is bringing this issue to light and addressing the realities of this disturbing form of sexual abuse. This presentation will address the root factors […]

child sexual abuse

Events

Video: Prostitution, Sexual Coercion, and Violence: Why Sexploitation is Nobody’s Job

Video: Prostitution, Sexual Coercion, and Violence: Why Sexploitation is Nobody’s Job   In the age of Game of Thrones and The Girlfriend Experience, everyday Americans are regularly confronted with normalized depictions of prostituted women and men. From Amnesty International and TED Talks calling for full decriminalization of sex trade, there is a concerted effort underway […]

prostitution job poverty

Issue: Prostitution – Bright Light on the Red Light

Summer Seminar: Prostitution, Sexual Coercion, and Violence: Why Sexploitation is Nobody’s Job

In the age of Game of Thrones and The Girlfriend Experience, everyday Americans are regularly confronted with normalized depictions of prostituted women and men. From Amnesty International and TED Talks calling for full decriminalization of sex trade, there is a concerted effort underway to convince the public that prostitution is just another job. However, the […]

prostitution and violence

Events

More Women Experience Paralysis During Sexual Assault Than You May Assume

The general public tends to consider “fighting back” as the “normal” response to rape. But is it? A new Swedish survey found 7 out of 10 women experienced “tonic immobility” during sexual assault. What Is Tonic Immobility? Tonic immobility is a natural state of paralysis, often observed in animals as “playing dead.” It is an involuntary and […]

tonic immobility

Issue: College

Podcast: How Is Adult Pornography Impacting Children?

Ep. 27 Dr. Sharon Cooper shared 3 ways adult porn is impacting children. Dr. Sharon Cooper is a developmental and forensic pediatrician who evaluates and treats children who have been victims of all forms of abuse, though her primary area of expertise is that of sexual exploitation. Dr. Cooper holds faculty positions at the University of […]

impact on children

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Podcast: How Can One Person Combat Sexual Exploitation on College Campuses?

Ep. 26 Individual actions can make a difference. Whether you are a college student, know a college student, or just care about fighting sexual exploitation in ANY environment, this episode is filled with practical action steps to get you started. College students should be safe from sexual assault, and the factors that contribute to campus […]

podcast on college campus

Issue: College

Training Ground for Abuse? Sexual Assault Reports Are Increasing at Two Military Academies

According to a report by the Department of Defense, two of the three national military academies have seen increased reports of sexual assault in the last year. The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and the United States Military Academy at West Point, saw increases in sexual assault reports. The number of reports at the […]

military academies sexual assault

Issue: College

Podcast: How Can Churches Address Pornography?

Ep. 25. Special guest Josh McDowell, an author, apologist, and founder of Josh McDowell Ministry, joins this podcast episode to address the current climate in the church regarding pornography. Josh McDowell provides advice for individuals, pastors, and churches about recovery from pornography. He weighs in on the debate about if church leaders should be fired when […]

Josh McDowell pornography church

Issue: Pornography Harms

Podcast: How Are Issues Like Trafficking, Prostitution, and Porn Linked?

Ep. 24 Presentation at the U.S. Capitol reveals the intersection between forms of sexual exploitation. Evidence supports the fact that child sexual abuse, prostitution, pornography, sex trafficking, sexual violence, etc., are not isolated phenomena occurring in a vacuum. Rather, these and other forms of sexual abuse and exploitation overlap and reinforce one another. Accordingly, the […]

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

4 Conversations That Can Help Guard Children Against Sexual Abuse

Originally published on the Huffington Post Blog. Child sexual abuse is perhaps one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. As a result, people often avoid thinking or talking about it. But pushing such a serious problem under the rug might be doing more harm than good. It’s always difficult to gather national statistics on the […]

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Podcast: Can 4 Conversations Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse?

Child sexual abuse is perhaps one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. As a result, people often avoid thinking or talking about it. But pushing such a serious problem under the rug might be doing more harm than good. Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 1 in 6 boys […]

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Podcast: Can We Prevent Rape On College Campuses?

Ep. 22 Special guest Dr. John Foubert addresses an innovative program on college campuses. Dr. John Foubert is the national president of One in Four, a professor at Oklahoma State University author of several books including most recently How Pornography Harms. One In Four is a national nonprofit dedicated to sexual assault prevention, focusing on college […]

Issue: College

Newly Introduced Legislation Could Radically Decrease Online Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking and prostitution have extended online. It’s time for our laws to do the same. Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO) introduced an important bipartisan bill today to lift barriers that have been impeding efforts to seek justice against online facilitators of sex trafficking. This bill would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). Unfortunately, Section […]

2018 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

Twitter Takes Largest Stand Against Cyber-based Sexual Harassment Yet

As first reported by HeatStreet, Twitter is now blocking several pornography-related search terms—particularly from results in the “Photos” and “Videos” section of the social media platform. Now when users type in hashtags or keywords traditionally associated with pornography, they get this message: Why is this important? Twitter has come under fire recently for the vast […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Twitter

Investigative Reporters Find Sex Ads Remain on Backpage.com, After Site “Shuts Down” Adult Section

Publicity stunts aren’t the same as policy changes. Two months ago Backpage.com, an online classifieds website that’s under scrutiny from the federal government for its facilitation of sex trafficking and prostitution, “shut down” the section on its website entitled “adult services.” This change occurred the night before Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer and founders, Michael Lacey […]

2018 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

Podcast: Is Pornography Really an “Industry?”

Ep. 21: Special guest, Dr. Gail Dines analyzes the big business behind porn. While popular Internet pornography today seems like it is being mass produced by thousands of companies, the reality is that there is a porn monopoly. Could this be good news? On this episode of the “Sexploitation?” podcast, Dr. Dines provides key insights into the […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

Podcast: How Can We Change Corporate Policies That Exploit?

Ep. 20 Changing culture by changing major companies.   We live in an age where many consumers demand transparency from companies they trust. We want to know the working conditions of those who made our clothing, and if pesticides were used to grow our food. Now, thanks to The Dirty Dozen List, we can see which […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

Podcast: Are Schools Actively Exposing Children to Porn?

Online library databases in many schools are piping pornographic and sexually explicit materials into children’s lives. We were shocked when we discovered EBSCO, and other similar companies, that provide academic resources for grades K-12 are not filtering out sexually explicit content. Even innocent searches return results like links to hardcore pornography websites, stories normalizing student-teacher […]

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Podcast: Are Magazine Swimsuit Issues Actually Empowering?

Ep. 18 A look at Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue Every February the Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue hits the shelves and some individuals applaud it as a celebration of the athletic female body. However, the truth is that Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue is not a triumph of female athleticism, agency, or empowerment. Instead, it is a descent […]

Issue: Objectification