How to Contact Your Congressmember/Senator Tool Kit
We urge you as a constituent to call, write or arrange a visit with your elected officials for all Warriors “Take Actions.”
We cannot do this alone. We need everyone to join us.
Identify Senate Office
You can find information about the local offices of your Senators and Congressmembers on their websites. You can find their individual websites here:
For U.S. Senators: Click on your Senator’s NAME here to be brought directly to their website.
For U.S. Congressmembers: Click on your congress member’s NAME here to be brought directly to their website.
Prepare for Call/Meeting
Most legislators’ websites include office phone numbers and “Request for Meeting” forms that you can fill out online or offer an email address for a staff member to schedule an appointment. Before calling your lawmaker’s office, fill out the form or send an email request for a meeting. If you are sending an email, it should contain the following:
Your name and address (to show that you are a constituent);
The issues you wish to discuss;
The local office you wish to visit;
The dates that you can meet (include several dates or an adequate time frame allowing flexibility in scheduling the meeting); and
Follow up your request with a phone call. A day or two after you anticipate your communication has arrived, follow up with a phone call to your legislator’s local office. Ask for the person in charge of scheduling your lawmaker’s appointments. *A Sample Email and Phone Script is below.
Prepare for Meeting
Research: Before you meet a policy maker, it can be helpful to research these topics:
The policy maker’s personal history: Read the bio provided on their website to get a sense of their personal and professional experience and to identify opportunities to make a personal connection. (Do they have young children? Are they a grandparent?)
Issues that are important to them: Look through their website for issues that are highlighted. Find out if they use social media. What do they post about?
Gather: Determine who will join you for the meeting.
Gathering a diverse group of constituents to attend the meeting is one powerful way to make the most of your visit. As you prepare for meetings with policy makers, know who will be attending the meeting and what role each person will play. Clarify beforehand who will be the primary spokesperson, the storyteller, and the notetaker, and who will offer the “out of field perspective.” Everyone should have a specific role during the meeting and each role should have talking points the group develops and agrees to before the meeting, which bring us to the next step.
Develop and practice your talking points.
Write down bullets of the main points you want to get across and personalize your comments and provide local context to help illustrate why it’s important to protect kids online.
Decide what questions you want to ask the policy maker or staffer.
Brainstorm possible answers to questions you will get asked during your visit.
Discuss ideas for how you will follow up after the meeting.
After your meeting, be sure to send a thank you letter to your lawmaker and/or your lawmaker’s staff. Thank them for taking the time to meet with you and re-iterate the asks that you made in your meeting. Your legislator and their staff will appreciate it – and it is a great way to remind them about your requests.
SAMPLE EMAIL SCRIPT
Dear Senator [LAST NAME],
As a constituent in [STATE] I am writing to request a meeting with you and your aides to discuss several issues that affect [ISSUE].
I will be available to meet with you at your [LOCATION] office on [DATES YOU ARE AVAILABLE] and would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about these issues. I can be reached at the phone numbers listed below and will look forward to hearing from you regarding a time we can meet. Thank you for your consideration
M: [YOUR MOBILE PHONE]
O: [YOUR OFFICE PHONE]
H: [YOUR HOME PHONE]
SAMPLE PHONE SCRIPT
Hello, my name is [NAME] and I am a resident of [CITY]. I am calling to request a meeting with you and your aides to discuss [ISSUE]. I will be available to meet with you at your [LOCATION] office on [DATES YOU ARE AVAILABLE] and would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about these issues. Is Senator [NAME] available to meet with me on [DATE]?
If they are not available on those dates ask:
“Could you let me know some dates that he/she or a staff person might be available to meet with me?”
Write down the date, time and person you spoke with. If you have not heard back in a few days, call again to follow up. Be polite but persistent!
You Are Your Own Best Teacher! provides a remarkable variety of teachable antidotes to the punishing forces bearing down on youngsters from harmful marketing, the insidious grip of ‘virtual reality’ and the tyranny of peer groups. Apprehensive parents and burdened teachers will delight in the lessons of this book for Tweens (nine to twelve year olds). It will spark their innate curiosity, imagination and idealism. Tweens, who are whipsawed by relentless distractions, profit-driven manipulations and oncoming addictions, are guided toward elevating their own sense of significance, protection and realizable achievements.
Most of the true crime genre centers around the gritty and bloody world of homicide, serial killers and those crimes that are sensationalized in the media. But what about the crimes that take place behind the keyboard, impacting hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable and innocent victims? Since the popular Dateline show To Catch a Predator, very little attention has been provided to pull back the veil of secrecy surrounding internet crimes against children. Until now.
Go down the electronic rabbit hole through a series of true cases conducted revolving around the world of child molesters, internet predators and the taboo sexual practices of those who prey on children online. Through a series of true stories from actual cases, Det. Randall Snyder will shine a light on the secretive world of child sexual exploitation, sharing his successes and failures in apprehending dozens of offenders around the world, and at the same time, rescuing children and providing readers with educational information and advice to help children stay safe online.
These tales, sometimes funny, often unbelievable, and sadly, uncomfortably disturbing but true, will uncover a side of the internet that few acknowledge, even fewer will brave contact with, but which need to be exposed so that children can be better protected in the cyber-age.
Follow Randall through his notable career working child sex crimes and Internet Crimes Against Children, examining the cases, offenders, and situations that resulted in prosecutions and rescues in 33 states and eight different countries across three continents. You will also learn about the dark side of the web, and how the years of undercover work with the seediest parts of society impacted his life, family, and his path to redemption.
WARRIORS Holiday Shopping List for Non-Tech Gifts for Kids. Spark Creativity this Holiday Season!
NOVEMBER 8-10 2022. Join me and sign up for the FREE #CESESummit2022. Engage. Educate. Empower. The rise of the Internet, social media and other technologies have completely revolutionized the way people live. Along with the good these develoodments have made possible, they have also unleashed tidal waves of sexual harm. Register here.
On October 27, 2022, 25 child protection organizations including Lynn’s Warriors urged leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee (Sen. Durbin and Grassley) to advance the END Child Exploitation Act this year to give law enforcement more time to conduct investigations and identify victims of online sexual exploitation.
There is help. We all know someone. Do not be silent. Take action.
From a world-renowned expert on creative play and the impact of commercial marketing on children, a timely investigation into how big tech is hijacking childhood—and what we can do about it.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, digital technologies had become deeply embedded in children’s lives, despite a growing body of research detailing the harms of excessive immersion in the unregulated, powerfully seductive, profit-driven world of the “kid-tech” industry.
September 24 2022. Hillsdale NJ. A very successful 8th Annual Child Safety Festival honoring the legacy of Joan and the work of her Mother Rosemarie and brothers in the community with the Joan’s Joy Foundation. The Warriors spoke to the crowds in attendance about digital safety in their homes and communities about how to protect our children online and in realtime.
How teens navigate a networked world and how adults can support them.
What are teens actually doing on their smartphones? Contrary to many adults’ assumptions, they are not simply “addicted” to their screens, oblivious to the afterlife of what they post, or missing out on personal connection. They are just trying to navigate a networked world. In Behind Their Screens, Emily Weinstein and Carrie James, Harvard researchers who are experts on teens and technology, explore the complexities that teens face in their digital lives, and suggest that many adult efforts to help—“Get off your phone!” “Just don’t sext!”—fall short. Weinstein and James warn against a single-minded focus by adults on “screen time.” Teens worry about dependence on their devices, but disconnecting means being out of the loop socially, with absence perceived as rudeness or even a failure to be there for a struggling friend. Drawing on a multiyear project that surveyed more than 3,500 teens, the authors explain that young people need empathy, not exasperated eye-rolling.
AUGUST BOOK OF THE MONTH
As we head into the new school year, a practical guide to building your child’s bond with family and fostering school success amid the allure of digital screens.
This year’s theme focuses on the role of technology as a tool that can both enable and impede human trafficking.
With the global expansion in the use of technology – intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift of our everyday life to online platforms — the crime of human trafficking has conquered cyber space. The internet and digital platforms offer traffickers numerous tools to recruit, exploit, and control victims; organize their transport and accommodation; advertise victims and reach out to potential clients; communicate among perpetrators; and hide criminal proceeds – and all that with greater speed, cost-effectiveness and anonymity.
Learn how you can participate and make a difference. It’s 2022. We all need to become Warriors in our own homes and communities.
JULY 28 2022. HUGE VICTORY! Massachusetts becomes the seventh state to ban child marriage. Governor Charlie Baker signed a law that raises the legal age for marriage to 18 with no exceptions, ultimately ending child marriage in Massachusetts. This is a huge win for survivors and advocates that have been arduously working to ban laws that allow child marriage in the United States. The state of Massachusetts will now protect children from being forced or coerced into a legally binding contract that strips away any protection and rights they have as single minors. According to state records, 1,246 children as young as 14 were married in Massachusetts between 2000 and 2018 and 89.9 percent of them were girls wed to adult men. In 2020 alone, 14 petitions were filed for the marriage of minors to adults in the Commonwealth. For more information and to learn how you can help go to Global Hope 365.
JUST RELEASED. JULY 19 2022. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. “As a critical means to continuously improve anti-trafficking efforts, stakeholders should engage with survivors of human trafficking; to listen to, learn from, and lift the voices of those with lived experience. This year’s introduction centers on survivor engagement and highlights the vital role that survivors of human trafficking play in developing and implementing survivor-led, trauma-informed, and comprehensive victim-centered approaches to human trafficking.”
JULY 2022 BOOK OF THE MONTH. Officer Carlise is on the case as one of Willow Bay’s own goes missing. Sierra Knight hasn’t been seen in fifteen days. Her disappearance has rocked the city, bringing the public together as they strive to bring Sierra home. With the help of Officer Carlise’s fellow detectives, and the support of the community, they gather evidence, and pursue leads in hopes that their efforts will solve the case.
In Finding Sierra, we learn the importance of community, comradery, and internet safety. Readers will get a glimpse into the very real dangers of entertaining strangers online, and what we can do to prevent involvement in harmful situations.
Join us and Officer Carlise as we share this story, and solve this missing mystery.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Making a difference in her community is what keeps Derrica Wilson passionate and driven to succeed. She has more than two decades of expertise in law enforcement and public safety, including serving as the first black female officer with the City of Falls Church Police Department. During Derrica’s tenure on the police force, she took pride serving as a certified Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officer and Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Instructor in the public and private school within the City of Falls Church. She was also selected to serve as the agency’s Community Service Officer and Background Investigator. Derrica was also recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Crime Prevention Specialist.
JULY 8 2022. Great day meeting, learning and strategizing about our children and families with The Center for Garden State Families. L-R Mandy Bristol-Leverett (CAN), Keri Pendergast (Board member, Lynn’s Warriors), Gabriella Brandeal (GSF), Lynn Shaw (Executive Director, Lynn’s Warriors) and Jennifer Weiss (Lynn’s Warriors Advisory Council Member).
Now more than ever is time to show our kids that we care about them and their futures. July is the month that you can show children you love them and make additional impact. School’s out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean children stop learning during the summer break. It also means that kids have more time on their hands and will spend more time on their devices. This is the perfect opportunity for you to have an impact on a child’s life. National Make a Difference To Children Month shows children that you care about them and their future by making it brighter. It is a great time to communicate with kids about Internet safety, online privacy updates and the realities of what is going on all around us. Real time safety must also be reviewed. Take action plans must be in place. Get the kids outside and off their phones and computers. Play in the backyard or park, take walks, do arts and crafts, read and cook. Just spend time together. There are countless ways, both big and small, you can make a difference in a child’s life. Much can be done for free. It is time for all of us to unite and make the commitment to lend a helping hand to our children and children in our communities during this month of July.
JUNE 20 2022. Save Jersey. Save America. Great to meet Bill Spadea (AM Dive Host for NJ 101.5) in Fort Lee NJ to discuss what people want to hear: Common Sense. He’s fighting for families and spreading truth. Learn more at the Common Sense Club. Stay tuned.
At once disturbing and empowering, the memoir of a courageous woman who was abused, groomed, and trafficked for sex from age eleven to age sixteen, who then killed her trafficker/father figure and was sentenced as a juvenile to life in prison without parole.
MAY 22 2022. LYNN’S WARRIORS ADDRESSES MOMS FOR LIBERTY (MORRIS COUNTY NJ CHAPTER). Community digital safety screening followed by Q&A. With chapter Co-Chair Nicole Martin and Member Jennifer Weiss (Lynn’s Warriors Advisory Council).
MAY 12 2022. LYNN’S WARRIORS SPEAKS AT LIFEWAY NETWORK’S “EVENT TOWARDS A NEW LIFE.” Ending human trafficking. Reclaiming life. #SupportSurvivors
MAY 10 2022. WARRIORS ATTEND LOBBY DAY IN ALBANY NY. The Warriors is proudly part of the New Yorkers for the Equality Model Coalition. We traveled en masse to Albany NY (the state capital) to raise awareness and educate our representatives and elected officials about the SEX TRADE SURVIVORS JUSTICE AND EQUALITY ACT, a bipartisan bill to support victims and survivors of human trafficking cosponsored vy Sen. Liz Krueger and Assemblymember Pamela Hunter.
Together for Mental Health Mental Health Awareness began in 1949 by Mental Health America. We now understand so much more, have access to research and education, are aware of indicators, openly discuss and have many resources available for children. The theme for 2022Mental Health Month is “Back to Basics.” The goal is to provide foundational knowledge about mental health and mental health conditions and information about what people can do if their mental health is a cause for concern. Sound the alarm. The mental health of our children is now an American crisis. It was declining before Covid but now we know how much more our children have suffered in the past two plus years. [Lynn’s Warriors Newsletter]
May 4, 2022. Thank you, Professor Jen Sundt, for inviting us to speak at your Family Law Class at New York Law School. The Warriors led a panel discussion with three incredible, brave Warrior Women Survivors to raise awareness about human trafficking and sexual exploitation and how the legal system failed them. We discussed child sexual abuse, the foster care system, domestic violence, family court, trauma and lifelong healing, existing laws and pending legislation surrounding all of these issues plus how we can begin to make a difference.. Our critical and crucial discussion was followed by a Q&A with the students. They were fully engaged and asked thoughtful questions. Our goal is to educate upcoming lawyers about dedicating their pro bono work to victims and survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking. We are grateful. We are humbled. We are Warriors.
MAY 2, 2022. Yale Club of NYC.May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I joined fierce advocate and co-sponsor Ashley Bernhard of The Tournament of Champions Women’s Leadership Program in supporting female athletes, women who lead and equality. It was an evening of celebration recognizing philanthropist Peg Wyant and female athletes and the importance of mental health.
Sick of the vultures feeding themselves on injured and defenseless women and children, this particular mother says enough and refuses to be eaten alive by the various scavengers! Those bureau’rats who’d said they’d help her, did not. Instead, they flipped the script, leaving her no choice but to take matters into her own hands, and that’s when justice was meted out to all.Self-understanding comes with time, but will that time come before she self-destructs? Will this self-appointed Shero simmer down and play it cool or will she allow her rage to consume her?
Born into a troubled family, Rachel Moran left home at the age of fourteen. Being homeless, she was driven into prostitution to survive. With intelligence and empathy, she describes the exploitation she and others endured on the streets and in the brothels. Moran also speaks to the psychological damage inherent to prostitution and the inevitable estrangement from one’s body. At twenty-two, Moran escaped the sex trade. She has since become a writer and an abolitionist activist.
NYC — I will be speaking on behalf of Lynn’s Warriors on how to become your own Warrior in your own home and community. Please support survivors. And stay tuned for more details.
MARCH 22 2022 — Lynn’s Warriors is proud to stand with Fairplay. We are deeply concerned that young people, who are spending more and more time online, are being targeted in unfair ways by online platforms and apps that take advantage of their developmental vulnerabilities. There is bipartisan agreement that young people deserve meaningful privacy protections, including banning harmful and discriminatory uses of data and enacting regulations that require digital service providers to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of children and teens in the design of their products and services.
The March 10 Warriors Live Event in NYC at the 3 West Club was an overwhelming success. We engaged, educated and empowered concerned citizens, parents and grandparents about online and realtime safety. A must in 2022. Human trafficking and sexual exploitation are happening in every town, city and rural area in the United States. Everyone left a WARRIOR, committed to protecting all children.
“Our mission is ending human trafficking and sexual exploitation by raising awareness through media and grassroots mobilization, advocacy, education and policy.”
Human Trafficking Realities and Solutions: The Medical, Legal and Survivor Advocacy Perspectives
Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 6:00 PM Reception | 6:30 PM Discussion and
Dinner to Follow | Cash Bar | Dinner $40
We invite our WNRC community to join a panel discussion with members Lynn Shaw and Dr. Ann DiMaio Ricci along with Hon. Fernando Camacho, Acting Justice of the Suffolk County Supreme Court in the Tenth Judicial District of New York, for a critical and crucial discussion about the escalation of sex trafficking and exploitation taking place in every town, city and rural area in America. Lynn is the Founder and Executive Director of Lynn’s Warriors, an organization working to educate, intervene and disrupt the cycles of human trafficking and advocate for existing and new policies for the city, state and on the federal level that address the protection of our children. Dr. DiMaio Ricci is a member of the Lynn’s Warriors Advisory Council and is a physician specializing in emergency, pediatric and trauma medicine and is recognized nationally for her work with victims of sex trafficking. She has extensive medical knowledge and expertise in dealing with victims and will tell us about her unique best practices program that is in development for New York State. Judge Camacho began his legal career as an assistant district attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where he was assigned to the Trial Division as well as the Sex Crimes Unit. During his tenure as judge he was instrumental in establishing a prostitution diversion court.
Do you know what your children and grandchildren are doing online? The predators do. Join us for a discussion on the digital landscape facing our kids today, the indicators of exploitation and trafficking, the realities of the mental and physical trauma that victims and survivors endure for a lifetime plus the necessary role of law enforcement and how they are looking at trafficking through a new lens with the renewed promise of holding those accountable who cause harm.
Is this frightening? Yes, because it’s all true. Don’t let your child or grandchild be the next victim. Let’s all come together and engage, educate and empower ourselves and our children with facts and action against all forms of predation. #BeAWarrior
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MARCH 8 IS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
MARCH IS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.
MARCH BOOK OF THE MONTH
True stories that inform and educate.
(For ages 14 and above.) IN OUR BACKYARD. Through true stories and years of boots-on-the-ground experience, including at the Super Bowl, anti-trafficking expert Nita Belles teaches readers everything they need to know about human trafficking in the United States and what they can do to join the fight against it.
February 13, 2022
February 2022. We are proud to join THORN and stand with other leading child advocacy organizations too ask the EU to take action. #ProtectOurKidsOnline #SaferInternetDay2022
Fighting Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Europe needs to seize the moment
In the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, another pandemic has also been rampant. With more interactions shifting to the digital world, child sexual abuse material (known as CSAM) online has grown exponentially. Last year alone, the number of child sexual exploitation and online abuse reports has exploded, reaching the highest level ever recorded.
Today, more than 46 million unique images or videos of child abuse are registered in Europol ́s repository. Europe is now the world’s largest host of websites containing CSAM which demands immediate action from EU member states.
Behind the numbers are real children suering. Whenever CSAM is created, the child depicted in it is violated in their personal safety, dignity, and privacy. Each time the material goes viral, the child is revictimized. Some children are even recognized in real life from their abuse images. This status-quo deeply contradicts the values of human dignity and the protection of fundamental rights upon which Europe is grounded.
The sad truth is that today on every online platform with an upload button, CSAM can be found and spread. Every messaging service is prone to be misused by perpetrators for the purpose of grooming children and young people. And while perpetrators have proved very inventive in terms of utilizing these technologies, the potential of technology to rein in this crime has yet to be fully exploited.
The European Commission ́s initiative to enact a long-term regulation to fight child sexual abuse comes at a time of urgency. We, a broad alliance of child advocacy organizations, welcome this initiative, as well as the Trio presidencies’ – France, the Czech Republic, and Sweden – commitment to step up eorts at the EU level to better protect children, in particular against sexual abuse.
As with the GDPR, the EU is once more in the position to establish a new global standard for child protection and privacy, thereby helping build a safer digital ecosystem for every child irrespective of where they happen to live.
We firmly believe that to tackle the CSAM pandemic, governments need not only to chase after perpetrators, but also to make digital environments a safer place for children where their rights are being secured and respected. One key element to this is to authorize highly precise CSAM detection technology which can be deployed together within a framework which provides legal certainty. Another element is to look for new and innovative preventive measures. To ensure that CSAM continues to be detected and reported quickly and reliably, the EU should seize this opportunity to establish a legal framework that allows for technological innovation in the long-term. It is an essential way to prevent harm and protect children.
We call upon the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament to put the rights of children at the heart of its upcoming legislation. Safety by design and privacy by default are conditions which every online platform should fulfill to foster an online environment that is safe for kids. We stand ready to support this undertaking by making available our broad expertise to all stakeholders and engage in a constructive, open dialogue.
Lynn’s Warriors Supports the EARN IT Act
NEW YORK CITY — January 31, 2022. Lynn’s Warriors supports the EARN IT Act sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut). This reintroduced bipartisan legislation encourages the tech industry to take action against CSAM (Child Sexual Abuse Material) on their platforms.
The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act) removes blanket immunity for violations of laws related to online child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
“There are tens of millions of photos and videos circulating throughout the internet, showing the most heinous acts of sexual abuse and torture of children,” said Senator Graham. “The EARN IT Act removes Section 230 blanket liability protection from service providers in the area of child sexual abuse material on their sites. To all the victim groups and law enforcement entities urging Congress to do something about the scourge of child sexual abuse material and the exploitation of children on the internet: we hear you. The days of children being exploited on the internet and their families being unable to do anything about it are coming to an end.”
“The EARN IT Act is very simply about whether tech companies should be held responsible for their complicity in the sexual abuse and exploitation of children when they refuse to report or remove images of these crimes hosted on their platforms,” said Senator Blumenthal. “The modern internet is infested with stomach-churning images of children who have been brutally assaulted and exploited, and who are haunted by a lifetime of pain after these photographs and videos are circulated online. Tech companies have long had ready access to low-cost, or even free tools to combat the scourge of child sexual abuse material but have failed to act. Millions of these horrifying images go unidentified and unreported by the tech platforms that host them because there are so few consequences when these companies look the other way. That ends with the EARN IT Act.”
Removes immunity for social media and technology companies that disseminate and facilitate the distribution of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on their platforms.
Updates existing federal statutes to use the term child sexual abuse material (CSAM) instead of child pornography. The term child pornography fails to describe the true nature of the images and undermines the seriousness of the abuse.
Establishes a commission of survivors, technology representatives, and government stakeholders to create recommendations and voluntary best practices for tech companies to respond to the global pandemic of online sexual exploitation of children.
Does not undermine encryption. Does not address this and in fact creates a specific carve out stating that interactive computer services that provide such encryption cannot be held liable under state criminal or civil law related to any provision of EARN IT.
Does not impact civil liberties. Does not change the civil liberties or 4th Amendment protections of any American. It does not grant law enforcement any additional legal powers to access an individual’s personal data or communications.
Does not create a Commission dominated by the Attorney General. The AG is just one of 19 voting members and only additional role under EARN IT is to publish the Commission’s agreed upon “Best Practices” on the Department of Justice website and Federal Register. The other 18 members include victims and survivors’ service organizations, law enforcement, tech industry and privacy reps.
The EARN IT Act is supported by more than 258 bipartisan groups across the United States including survivors and stakeholders. Follow Lynn’s Warriors for breaking news and updates about the EARN IT Act and legislative developments.
Contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to support the EARN IT Act.
Use these hashtags on social media. #EndChildAbuseOnline #Detect2Protect #ProtectOurKidsOnline
Forward and share this statement of support with friends, family and colleagues today. Spread the word and awareness. #BeAWarrior
Stay tuned. EARN IT Act. #ProtectOurChildrenOnline #DetectToProtect #EndChildAbuseOnline
Sound the Alarm. February 8. Safer Internet Day. Join us as we celebrate Safer Internet Day with actions taking place across the United States and globe. With a theme of “Together for a better Internet,” the day will call upon all Warriors to join together to make the Internet a safer and better place for all, especially children and young people. What could be better than the EARN IT Act to end child sexual abuse online and hold Big Tech accountable for distributing and disseminating CSAM (Child Sexual Abuse Material).
REMEMBER. Think grassroots movement. Think community. Think “We Are Warriors.”
Take Action. February 8 — 4 PM ET. Virtual Congressional Briefing:How the EARN IT Act Protects Children from Rampant Sexual Abuse on Technology Platforms.Please register here.
WHAT: The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is sponsoring a virtual congressional briefing about the crucial need for the EARN IT Act, a bipartisan bill that creates new incentives for tech accountability regarding child sexual abuse material (CSAM, AKA child pornography).
JUST ISSUED. February 4. ***ICYMI*** 258 ORGANIZATIONS CALL
ON CONGRESS TO PASS THE EARN IT ACT
“More is needed from our government to instill protections that will keep our children and others from being exploited in exchange for advertising profits,” the letter stated.
[WASHINGTON, DC] – This week, a coalition of 258 organizations representing survivors of child exploitation and sex trafficking from all 50 states and the District of Columbia published a letter of support calling on Congress to pass the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act).
The EARN IT Act was introduced last week by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and would encourage the tech industry to take online child sexual exploitation seriously by removing blanket immunity for violations of laws related to online child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
“It is time to confront and restrict rampant sexual abuse occurring on digital platforms,” the organizations and advocates wrote in the letter. “Victims will finally have access to justice because EARN IT will allow them to use federal civil and state criminal and civil law to seek redress for harm suffered.”
Let’s talk about it. We’re not hearing much this month about educating our kids about relationships and dating safety. Silence is deadly. All has certainly changed over the past two years with Covid-19 invading and disrupting our everyday lives. More teens moved online during this period to continue their relationships and form new ones in record numbers. It’s time to get back on track and raise awareness about the importance of every February being recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM).
Let’s really talk about it. First we must educate ourselves. Second, we must make the commitment to openly and honestly communicate with our kids. It’s up to us to engage, educate and empower them. TDVAM is an issue that impacts everyone, not just teens, but their parents, other family members, teachers, friends and communities as well. Together we must raise community and national awareness about teen dating violence and promote safe, healthy relationships. Let’s come together and shine a light on TDVAM. Violence is never the answer. We all know this. Then why is teen violence escalating in record numbers in 2021-2022? Is it becoming normalized by the out of control online behaviors that we’ve all witnessed over the past few years? Do the media and entertainment landscape play a role in showcasing such abuse online? Do our kids even discuss or know what teen dating violence is and discuss such among their peers online? All seems to be clouded in mystery. No more silence. We must begin to solve. We have many tools and resources. We know the digital landscape contributes to our children and teens being vulnerable. Just watch the documentary Childhood 2.0 and find out what the real digital landscape is facing kids and parents today. And what will be ever-changing with the onslaught of Web 3.0 and the metaverses. Let’s take a look at what teen dating abuse is, the horrifying statistics and explore facts and solutions surrounding teen dating violence.
FEB 2022. Warriors Book of the Month. Want a natural and comfortable way to talk to your kids ages 3-12 about pornography? This newly revised edition of the original bestseller makes that daunting discussion easy! Good Pictures Bad Pictures is a read-aloud story about a mom and dad who explain what pornography is, why it’s dangerous, and how to reject it.
Featuring easy-to-understand science and simple analogies, this internationally-acclaimed book engages young kids to porn-proof their own brains.
Good Pictures Bad Pictures is in the top 100 best-selling parenting books on Amazon.
New York|New Jersey WONDER GIRLS launches Human Trafficking PSA to engage, educate and empower to prevent these crimes in their communities. During the month of January their focus is on raising awareness about all forms of human trafficking. Please learn more and support the mission of the WONDER GIRLS.
“Every year since 2010, the President has dedicated the month to raising awareness about the different forms of human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, and educating people about this crime and how to spot it. In January, the Department of State raises awareness of human trafficking domestically and abroad through U.S. embassies and consulates. We also celebrate the efforts of anti-trafficking organizations, communities of faith, state and local law enforcement, survivor advocates, businesses, and private citizens all around the world to promote this important cause. Everyone can play a part in ending human trafficking.”
#WearBlueDay: January 11
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is recognized each year on January 11th. In recognition of this important day, and throughout the month of January, Blue Campaign hosts several special events and educational activities.
Blue Campaign’s largest initiative is #WearBlueDayon January 11th. To raise awareness of human trafficking, we invite the public to take photos of themselves, friends, family, and colleagues wearing blue clothing and share them on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – along with our #WearBlueDay hashtag. Anyone can participate, all you need is a piece of blue clothing!
A Critical Report. Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the United States Surgeon General, issued a report warning that young people are facing “devastating” mental health effects as a result of the challenges experienced by their generation, including the coronavirus pandemic.
“Recent national surveys of young people have shown alarming increases in the prevalence of certain mental health challenges— in 2019, one in three high school students and half of female students reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, an overall increase of 40% from 2009. We know that mental health is shaped by many factors, from our genes and brain chemistry to our relationships with family and friends, neighborhood conditions, and larger social forces and policies.”
Justice Department Anti-Trafficking Efforts Highlighted in 2021 National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. Friday, December 3, 2021. “Today the White House released the 2021 National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, which lays out a broad-based, multi-disciplinary, whole-of-government approach to addressing this crime and its harmful impacts on crime victims, their communities and our national security. The Action Plan calls upon the U.S. Department of Justice and its partners across the Executive Branch to implement a number of Priority Actions to enhance U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking.”
THORN.ORGThorn research reveals: Shocking trends confirm need for parents to talk about online safety with kids earlier, more often.
November 17. Report Cards on Child and Youth Sex Trafficking Issued by Shared Hope. See how your state ranks and learn how six issue areas served as the cornerstone for the advanced legislative framework used to grade each state.
Article 39 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child requires states to take measures to promote physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration of a child victim of: any form of neglect, exploitation, or abuse. This includes when child victims commit acts of violence against their abusers that otherwise may not be covered by traditional self-defense laws. In all cases where child victims engage in violence against their abusers, regardless of whether the act was premeditated, courts should have as much flexibility as possible in creating a trauma informed and age-appropriate response, including suspending any sentence or transferring a child victim into the juvenile or child welfare system for treatment and services. uch policies are known as “Sara’s Law” named in honor of a child sex trafficking victim who killed her trafficker and rapist and was then sentenced to life without parole. Thankfully, she is no longer incarcerated and advocates alongside us to make sure that no child endures the human rights abuses that she experienced.
Shared Hope’s Report Cards on Child & Youth Sex Trafficking are just over a month away! Sign up to receive your state’s grade the day it’s released!
In 2010, Shared Hope developed the nation’s first legal framework that challenged states to enact laws that comprehensively address the crime of child sex trafficking. Since then, Shared Hope has used this framework to grade states on the strength of their laws related to combatting child sex trafficking and protecting victims. Last fall, we released an advanced legislative framework aimed at pushing states even further to provide imperative protections for survivors, including access to services and legal remedies.
This November, we will release the inaugural Report Cards on Child & Youth Sex Trafficking, which will include state grades under this advanced legislative framework.
The Report Cards are vital for encouraging your elected officials to make changes to support survivors. Sign up today to be among the first to know when the Report Cards are released so you can learn how your state is doing.
The Warriors Book of the Month.
“In this powerful true story, Theresa Flores shares how her life as an All-American, blue-eyed, blond-haired 15-year-old teenager who could have been your neighbor was enslaved into the dangerous world of sex trafficking while living in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit. Her story peels the cover off of this horrific criminal activity and gives dedicated activists as well as casual bystanders a glimpse into the underbelly of trafficking. And it all happened while living at home without her parents ever knowing about it. Involuntarily involved in a large underground criminal ring, Ms. Flores endured more as a child than most adults will ever face their entire lives.” The Slave Across the Street
November is Native American Heritage Month. Lynn’s Warriors recognizes the disproportionate level of sex trafficking and gender based violence that occurs in Native American communities and wants to educate the public about this overlooked community. We stand with all Native survivors, and will continue to support anti-trafficking efforts in American Indian/Native Alaskan communities and reservations around the country. Community #Engage#Educate#Empower#NAHM#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth
1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc. [SOURCE]
TIMES SQUARE PEACEFUL PROTEST — OCTOBER 2 2021
Lynn’s Warriors stands with Helen Taylor, Director of Intervention at Exodus Cry, as we peacefully rally to #ProtectChildrenNotPorn. We demand and end to child exposure to adult content. Age verification is a must. Safety measures must be put in place to protect our children.
SEPTEMBER BOOK OF THE MONTH
Parenting in a Tech World: A handbook for raising kids in the digital age
How do you know when your child is ready for a smartphone? Which apps are the most dangerous for my 13-year-old? What do I do if I catch my child watching porn? How do I get to a place of trusting my kid with social media? How do I spot signs of trouble in my kid from their use of social media?
Open Borders=Open Trafficking
March to the Border. How many children will be exploited, lost and trafficked for us to stand up & hold elected leaders accountable for their failed open border policies? Over 1 million immigrants were apprehended for illegal crossing in 2021 alone and that number is projected to increase as immigrants all over the world make their way to our open borders. Among them terrorists, traffickers, murderers and rapists are walking right into our country while this administration foments more destruction & destabilization of America & her citizens. This is unsustainable and it will not end until we demand strong borders.
Join us for the largest anti-human trafficking, pro national security peaceful protest and March that every American will hear about.
“Apple has rightly been recognized, including by Child Rescue Coalition, for its move towards the identification of known Child Sexual Abuse Material in its iCloud services. This is a move which is overdue and which, I believe, should be compulsory by law. Nevertheless, it is most welcome, and we hope other companies such as Amazon presenting the same concerns to parents, will soon follow suit.” — GLEN POUNDER
AUGUST BOOK OF THE MONTH
Shandra Woworuntu is the founder of Mentari, an organization to empower trafficking survivors to reintegrate into society independently through D.R.E.A.M.—direct services, resources, empowerment, advocacy, and mentorship. She is a survivor of human trafficking and domestic violence and has dedicated her life to raising awareness and to mentor and empower survivors. In 2015, Shandra was appointed by President Barack Obama to be a member of the first US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. She was a 2017 national honoree of L’Oréal Paris’ annual philanthropic program, Women of Worth, for her outstanding leadership and her tireless work to create positive changes in her community through Mentari. Often you will find her working as a volunteer to help survivors. Points of Light awarded her with the Daily Points of Light Award created by US President George H. W. Bush. She recently received recognition as the 2020 Power of Diversity 100—the most Asian American in Politics and Policy in the State and City of New York.
New York is now the sixth state to ban child marriage, after raising the legal age of consent to be married to 18. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation Thursday. It takes effect 30 days after becoming law.
“This administration fought hard to successfully end child marriage in New York and I’m proud to sign this legislation to strengthen our laws and further protect vulnerable children from exploitation,” Cuomo said. “Children should be allowed to live their childhood and I thank the many legislators and advocates who worked diligently to advance this measure and further prevent forced marriages in this state.”
Warriorsplease listen and support MATRIARCH’S beautiful new single “STAND UP” that premiered 7.20.21 at the Global Online #CESESummit 2021! Available on iTunes. All proceeds benefit the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and their law center with their incredible work to combat all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation. #BeAWarrior#Music#Matriarch#FreedomWarrior#SupportSurvivors
It’s not to late to register for the largest gathering of its kind sponsored by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Registration is FREE. Sound the alarms! Lynn Shaw will be presenting on Friday, July 23, 2021, at 8:00 AM ET. “Be A Warrior: Engaging the Media and Strategies and Tips for Building Your Own Brand.”
Lynn’s Warriors Partner Global Hope 365 Breaking News! A Major Win!! Our No Marriage Under 18, No Exceptions Resolution was adopted by representatives of the Interreligious Council of Southern California. We are thrilled to see this important work expand.
The recitals in the resolution are affirmed by the Interreligious Council Of Southern California (ICSoCal); And (ICSoCal) will be forwarding it to All Members the resolution and information about the related advocacy and action work of Global Hope 365.
Delegations from the following member organizations of the ICSoCal approve this resolution:
Board of Rabbis of Southern California
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
Episcopal Diocese Of Los Angeles
Islamic Center of Southern California
Religious Society of Friends
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Sikh Dharma of Southern California
Vedanta Society of Southern California
Stay tuned! Lynn’s Warriors will be giving a special online presentation to commemorate this most important event.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is encouraging residents to attend this year’s FREE Human Trafficking Summit beginning Oct. 5th. Moody says it will bring together experts from across the country to educate people on how they can help put an end to human trafficking in the state. “Summit attendees will be able to access hours-worth of targeted breakout session presented by subject matter experts from across the country all without needing to travel,” Moody says.
Great news! You can now shop AmazonSmile and start supporting Lynn’s Warriors. Please use smile.amazon.com, or shop with AmazonSmile activated in the app, and they’ll donate 0.5% of the eligible purchase price — at no extra cost to you. Your support goes directly to our mission of helping survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Thank you. #BeAWarrior
Join Unchained At Last on June 17 for a virtual discussion of the groundbreaking study, which found nearly 300,000 children were legally married in the U.S. between 2000 and 2018 — mostly girls wed to adult men, typically before the girls were old enough to file for divorce or enter a domestic violence shelter. Some 60,000 marriages occurred at an age or with a spousal age difference that should have been considered a sex crime.More May Wins, Our May Educational Series plus Lynn’s Warriors. Learn more about child brides, digital safety and how to communicate with your children about the world today.Digital Safety Protection Instruction is must for parents, trusted adults and kids.
Lynn Shaw attends Digital Trust presentation with Chris McKenna, Founder of Protect Young Eyes, in New Jersey.
Lynn Shaw with Helen Taylor, Director of Intervention for Exodus Cry.
Lynn Shaw with Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) in Washington DC
Lynn Shaw addressing the Alliance to End Human Trafficking in Washington DC
Lynn Shaw with Human Rights Activist Rosi Orozco in Washington DC
Lynn Shaw with human trafficking survivor Shandra Woworuntu, Founder of Mentari Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program
Lynn Shaw at the White House
Lynn Shaw and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
Lynn Shaw with New York Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James during a Zoom conference on human trafficking
Lynn Shaw and In Question host Manila Chan discussing legislation addressing child predation at schools
Advisory Council member Michael Lebron at the Capitol
Lynn Shaw and Advisory Council member and husband Michael Lebron
Lynn Shaw with Advisory Council member Maria Ramirez
Lynn Shaw with Dr. Stephany Powell, Director of Law Enforcement Training and Survivor Service at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation
Lynn Shaw and Advisory Council member and husband Michael Lebron
Lynn Shaw and Board member Colin Lively
Lynn Shaw and Board member Keri Pendergast
Lynn Shaw giving a presentation in Amenia (Dutchess County), New York
Lynn Shaw at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC
Lynn Shaw has has helped steer advocacy and policy on the New York Sex Trade Survivors Justice and Equality Act.
Lynn Shaw has has helped steer advocacy and policy on the New York Equality Model.