Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative

Our mission is to eradicate human trafficking locally through awareness, advocacy, prayer, and victim services.

Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiatives (NOVA HTI)] mission is to eradicate human trafficking locally through awareness, advocacy, prayer, and victim services.

We are a 501(c)(3) organization based in Northern Virginia. Find out more about us, and see how you can get involved, at: www.novahti.com

wusa9.com

Do your kids like Musical.ly? So do traffickers and pedophiles.

"Morgan Oglesby's nine-year-old daughter wanted to try Musical.ly. It's the app that lets kids create and post their own lip-syncing videos and all the kids are using it.
After what happened next, however, Oglesby will never use it again."

Musical.ly is one of several apps used by traffickers and pedophiles to contact kids and teens, luring them in and trapping them in a life of sex trafficking and exploitation.

wusa9.com Waco Unbound Professional Training Coordinator Jessica Sykora told Channel 6 there have been many apps used by sexual predators but Musical.ly is currently the most prominent.

novahti.com

Justice Summit 2018

If you haven't registered for our Justice Summit yet, sign up today! You're not going to want to miss it! In addition to various seminars, we're thrilled to have Cat French as our Keynote Speaker this year!

Cat has a master’s degree in sociology and a background in behavioral research, including adolescent mental health and out of treatment drug users. For the past decade she has been working to provide awareness and intervention in the realm of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, and aftercare for women who wish to exit the life.

We are so excited to hear what she has to share.

novahti.com The NOVA-HTI Justice Summit is designed to bring awareness on the issue of human trafficking taking place in Northern Virginia. Our desire is that the local Church and community will mobilize together and partner with NOVA-HTI to eradicate trafficking. This year, our focus will be to equip others to...

Yesterday, NOVA-HTI's Executive Director Kay Duffield and Director of Awareness Jackie White had the honor of speaking to the Loudoun Crime Commission on human trafficking in Northern Virginia and the work we are doing. We are thankful for our partners in law enforcement! Thanks for inviting us!

From left to right:
Major Richard Fiano, Lloyd Reese, Jackie White, Kay Duffield, Frank Holtz, Sheriff Mike Chapman

Grateful for the partnership of The CandidxChange! They've chosen to donate a portion of your purchase from their site to NOVA-HTI this month! If you haven't visited their website to see what they have to offer, do it today!

Here's the link!
https://thecandidxchange.com/april-2018-northern-virginia-human-trafficking-initiative/

NOVA-HTI and Just Ask Trafficking Prevention had a fantastic opportunity today to spread awareness about human trafficking with the staff at Freddie Mac! So grateful to be able to share - and thankful for our partners in the community!

Rights4Girls

President Trump just signed #FOSTA into law! Great news for survivors!

Historic day. For more than a decade, children were being knowingly sold for profit online without any legal recourse-- civil or criminal. After today, survivors will finally have the chance at seeking justice against corrupt sites that 'knowingly' facilitate 'sex trafficking'. Thanks to our lawmakers for working together and giving priority to the voices of our most marginalized survivors.

#EndTrafficking #Backpage #CDA230 #SESTA #IamJaneDoe #ListenToSurvivors

washingtonpost.com

Top officials at Backpage.com indicted after classifieds site taken offline

“Virtually every dollar flowing into Backpage’s coffers represents the proceeds of illegal activity."

Yesterday, the 93-count indictment against Backpage associates was unsealed... Charges include conspiracy, money laundering, and facilitating prostitution (to include victims who were underage).

This is a great victory, but there's still so much work to be done! Check out our website - www.novahti.com - to find out how you can get involved!

https://buff.ly/2GOcnh1

washingtonpost.com The website has long been accused of facilitating child sex trafficking

Prepping for the van tours!!!

A message from one of our Board Members, Chelsey Trevino, who is attending the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit today!

If you haven’t heard, Backpage has been shut down! But that doesn’t mean our work is done! Come to NOVA-HTI’s Justice Summit at the end of the month to learn more!

To register, check out our website : buff.ly/2uPdNC4

Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative

On April 27th and 28th, join us for the NOVA-HTI Justice Summit! Our mission this year is to equip others to do acts of justice through outreach to victims in brothels and the buyers that frequent the establishments.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Cat French. For the past decade she has been working to provide awareness and intervention in the realm of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, and aftercare for women who wish to exit.

To find out more or to register, please visit our website: https://www.novahti.com/justice-summit/

Come join us! We are excited for all we have to share!

The 2018 NOVA-HTI Justice Summit is coming up in just a few short weeks! Check out this video to learn more, visit our website to register, and then SHARE with your friends!
www.novahti.com/justice-summit

elijahrising.org

Backpage Is Seized And Shut Down - Elijah Rising

*** BREAKING: Backpage, one of the largest websites facilitating sex trafficking and child exploitation, has been seized and shut down! More details to follow.***

"On Friday, April 6, 2018, FBI Phoenix confirmed they raided the home of Michael Lacey founder of the website Backpage. The site was seized and shut down by the Department of Justice."

elijahrising.org On Friday, April 6, 2018, FBI Phoenix confirmed they raided the home of Michael Lacey founder of the website Backpage. The site was seized and shut down by the Department of Justice. The Senate recently passed FOSTA, a bill that enables prosecutors to go after sites such as Backpage. FOSTA is in the...

So pleased to have our Executive Director, Kay Duffield, participate in a panel on human trafficking at Northern Virginia Community College Loudoun Campus yesterday for Multi-Cultural Awareness Week along with Bill Woolf of Just Ask Trafficking Prevention, Michele Leith from the Office of the Attorney General, and Lt. John Weinstein with the NOVA Community College Police. It's always great to be out in the community raising awareness about this issue.
#KnowledgeIsPower #EndHumanTrafficking #KnowtheSigns

Traffickers don't necessarily fit a stereotype. This ex-judge was just convicted to serve 20 years for sex trafficking at least 19 victims.
https://buff.ly/2Ee7Jn1

NOVA-HTI's Justice Summit is happening in just over 2 months!
We'll have a registration page up soon, so keep an eye out! But in the meantime, mark your calendars so you don't miss out!

wifr.com

Uber drivers learning signs of human trafficking

Love to see these kinds of initiatives -- teaching people how to recognize the signs of human trafficking as they go about their every day lives.

"There are 750,000 Uber drivers across the United States, and now they're becoming extra sets of eyes and ears for reporting human trafficking. Uber has launched a national initiative to make drivers aware of how to spot trafficking."

wifr.com Uber has composed material to help drivers learn the signs of human trafficking and how to report it.

indystar.com

Boys — the silent victims of sex trafficking

The often forgotten victims of human trafficking are boys. This article sheds some light on the sad realities that boys often have a more difficult time finding, asking for, and getting the help they need in order to be rescued and recover from being trafficking.

indystar.com Little progress has been made either in identifying or providing help for male victims of child sex trafficking.

newrichmond-news.com

Dozens arrested in Super Bowl sex trafficking sting

“'Now that the Super Bowl is past, these arrests should serve as a stark reminder that what drives the exploitation and trafficking of vulnerable people is the demand,' said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi in a statement."

newrichmond-news.com Minnesota law enforcement agencies arrested more than three dozen people on felony prostitution and child sex-trafficking charges in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.Undercover officers, coordinating with a regional task force, communi...

justice.gov

Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking a Minor by Force

Another case right here in our backyard.
"According to court documents, Justin Shayne Robinson, 26, lured the 16-year-old victim to a motel in northern Virginia. Once the minor victim arrived, Robinson directed photos to be taken of the minor, and created online advertisements for commercial sex acts with the minor..."

justice.gov A Washington, D.C., man pleaded guilty today to forcibly sex trafficking a minor.

Fight the New Drug

Super Bowl LII is here, and while more than 100 million people are tuning in to watch the game, countless victims of sex trafficking are exploited just beyond the stadium. 🏈

The demand for sexual exploitation isn't a one-time event, but find out how it's fueled during big events like today's game:

justice.gov

District Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison on Charges Stemming from Trafficking Four Children for Commercial Sex

WASHINGTON – Daraya Marshall, 37, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced this week to 25 years in prison on four federal charges of sex trafficking of children, one federal count of sexual exploitation of a minor, and one District of Columbia offense of first-degree child sexual abuse.

justice.gov WASHINGTON – Daraya Marshall, 37, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 25 years in prison on four federal charges of sex trafficking of children, one federal count of sexual exploitation of a minor, and one District of Columbia offense of first-degree child sexual abuse.

localdvm.com

NOVA HTI hosts human trafficking awareness event

Local DVM covered our awareness seminar in Chantilly on Wednesday. If you missed the coverage or weren't able to attend the seminar, you can get a quick recap here:

localdvm.com Human sex trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises. Residents of northern Virginia say it's a global problem with local impact.

endsexualexploitation.org

Tackle Demand - National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Large sporting events like the Super Bowl create an atmosphere that breeds an increased demand for purchasing sex. Add your voice to thousands and make a statement against sex trafficking! Real sports fans don't buy sex. They #TackleDemand!

endsexualexploitation.org The conditions around large, commercial sporting events, such as the demographics of visitors, and a celebratory atmosphere occurring within a concentrated geographic area, create an increased demand for purchasing sex. Enticed by the potential for greater profits, this leads sex traffickers to incr...

indystar.com

Who buys a child for sex? Otherwise ordinary men

***TRIGGER WARNING***

"In this case, the victim was rescued and provided with treatment. The traffickers who exploited her pleaded guilty and were sent to prison.

But what of the men who paid to rape this child? What consequences did they suffer?

Not a single one was ever charged."

indystar.com Buyers who fuel the child sex trade are seldom held accountable. Most leave behind their victims to blend back into their families and neighborhoods.

www.novahti.com

Donate

Today marks the final day of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month - and it's been a busy one for NOVA-HTI!

Thank you all for following us, attending events, and helping to raise awareness! The battle doesn't end today though. NOVA-HTI will continue to be here -- raising awareness, providing services to survivors, and working with our partners to eradicate human trafficking from Northern Virginia and beyond. We have big plans for the future, but we can't do it without all of you!

If you'd like to support us in this work or get involved, you have some options and we'd love to hear from you!

-- Volunteer - We'll be holding our first volunteer orientation on March 17th from 9-noon. Check out the available positions on our website, apply, and/or make plans to attend. More details to follow in the coming days!

-- Donate - You can give through various means -- our website (https://buff.ly/2E4iUBV), a check in the mail, send items from our wishlist (viewable here: https://buff.ly/2E0utKj or on Amazon: https://buff.ly/2DYkvt9). You can even donate securities! Contact us to find out how!

-- Host an Awareness Event - Request a speaker here: https://buff.ly/2E22fyQ

-- Partner With Us - If you own a business and would like to partner with us in some way, get in touch! Or if you're a church that would be interested in partnering with us, visit our website: https://buff.ly/2E4iWtx.

www.novahti.com DONATE

The Super Bowl is in just one week. But did you know that it's commonly known as the largest single human trafficking incident to take place each year? Join the Thunderclap at this link and make our collective voices heard! We've got to #TackleDemand.
https://buff.ly/2Elezbr

whsv.com

Virginia man indicted on sex trafficking, drug charges

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — A Virginia man faces six charges in connection with human trafficking and providing drugs that led to someone's death.

whsv.com A Virginia man faces six charges in connection with human trafficking and providing drugs that led to someone's death.

fbi.gov

FBI Washington Field Office Recognizes Human Trafficking Awareness Month

"Human trafficking, a form of human slavery, is a multi-billion dollar industry and is not a thing of the past."

#NationalHumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth #HTAM2018

fbi.gov The FBI’s Washington Field Office’s (WFO) Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force actively investigates matters involving child exploitation, juvenile sex trafficking, and adult sex/labor trafficking.

There's still time to give for January's Donation Drive! We've been collecting journals and planners - and can always use more!
If you'd like to donate in person, please contact anna@novahti.com.
You can also donate via our Amazon Wishlist: https://buff.ly/2Eg34C5

nbcwashington.com

Human Trafficking Survivor Tells Her Story

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and today we heard amazing stories of resilience and courage from trafficking survivors who appeared as part of a panel of speakers following the meeting of the the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force. NBC 4's Julie Carey spoke with Shamere McKenzie, who shared her remarkable journey.

Shamere McKenzie is telling her story of how she escaped from the man who trafficked her and has become the CEO of a foundation that helps victims of human trafficking. She says she is determined to help other people. Julie Carey reports.

NBC 4 live following the NOVA Human Trafficking Task Force meeting

Lakesha Lee a survivor leader.

Runaways and homeless youth are some of the most vulnerable to sex trafficking - though all can be targeted. Traffickers are quick to promise food, shelter, security, money, love, or drugs to lure their victims. Then, once they're hooked, it's much harder for the victim to leave.

#NationalHumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth #HTAM2018 #Day25

Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force

Reminder: This event is today at 2pm! A great chance to hear from the experts - those who have lived through trafficking themselves. We hope to see you there.

For friends in Northern Virginia, Survivors of child trafficking are joining us to share their experience, strength and hope. Please feel free to join this Thursday!

today.com

How an 'average, all-American' mom became a sex slave

This Today Show segment does an excellent job of summing up the realities and complexities of sex trafficking...and how it can happen to anyone.

***TRIGGER WARNING***

“I was an average, all-American kid from a loving family and I was trafficked by my boyfriend at 18,” she said.

“I didn't even realize I was in trouble at first. By the time that I did, I was already so far in. They told me they would kill my family if I ever left. After the brainwashing, you believe what they say,” she said.

"You can't really escape because you're afraid of what they're going to do. You comply out of fear," says Humphries.

today.com It may seem like it couldn't happen in America, but sex trafficking is in fact happening throughout the country.

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