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1,000+ Allies Join Survivors: No Full Decriminalization of the Sex Trade

July 2019

We, the undersigned 1,069 individual allies and organizations fully support the nearly 350 sex trade survivors who have come together in the letter to urge US presidential candidates to stand for equality, denouncing the decriminalization of the sex trade in its entirety.

While we wholeheartedly support decriminalizing people in prostitution, we understand that failing to criminalize those who exploit – the pimps, sex buyers and brothel owners – allows them to cause devastating harm to our most marginalized with complete impunity.

We know that human trafficking and sexual exploitation are human rights issues, fueled by gender, racial, and income inequalities. If we truly want equality, we must work toward a world where no one is bought, sold or exploited.

We urge candidates to #ListenToSurvivors and support true equality.

Aaron Matoskey 
Exodus Cry

Abby Garbark 
Nanny

Abby Slowly 
Black & Veatch

Abigail

Abigail Rose

Adam Dodd

Addela Bransford

Adele Pincock

Adrienne Singh

Agatha

Ainslee Neitzel

Akash Mondal 
Shift

Alanna Etter

Alba C.

Alex Allison

Alex Cottingham

Alex Lipari 
Program Director 
The Net FW

Alexa Ross 
daughter of survivor

Alexandra Kenyon

Alexis 
Wife/Mother/Modern Abolitionist

Alexis Vega 
College Student

Alia McIntosh

Alicia Cohen 
Educator 
National Survivor Network

Aline Ribeiro Silva

Alisha Joyce

Alisha Vallance

Alison Whitaker 
Counselor In Training 
Exodus Cry

Allie Jenkins 
Student

Allison Unger

Allysa D. Holt

Alysha norton

Alyson V

Alyssa Contreras 
Foster Care Case Manager

Alyssa Mattingly 
Mr

Alyssa Nix

Alyssa Rea

Amanda

Amanda Eckhardt, PhD 
Chief Program Officer 
Restore NYC

Amanda Ellevis 
Marketing 
Alabaster Jar Project

Amanda Fischer 
Case Manager 
Awaken

Amanda Keane 
Ruhama

Amanda Mehaffey 
LIFT: Living in Freedom Together

Amanda Smith

Amber

Amber Bowlby

Amparo Ibarra Murillo

Amy Everson

Amy Karst

Amy S Ayoub 
Owner, President (and Survivor) 
The Zen Speaker

Amy Sharpe 
Co-chair Health Subcommittee 
San Diego Human Trafficking & CSEC Advisory Council

Ana Toya SOLÍS MARQUÍNEZ

Andrea

Andrea

Andrea Bitney 
Data Scientist

Andrea Carroll 
Director of Behavioral Health Services 
Board of Child Care

Andrea Graver 
President and Co-Founder 
Defending Dignity Inc

Andrew Chen 
Pastor 
Allegra Ministries

Andrew D Garvin

Ane Mathieson 
Sanctuary for Families

Ángela Bortel 
Attorney

Angela Hunt

Angelique Phillips

Anita Bates

Ann Hammer

Ann Hodges

Ann Marie Smith

Ann Marie Muglia

Ann P Anderson

Anna

Anna Fisher 
Chair 
Nordic Model Now!

Anna Morel-Paletta 
Bags of Hope

Anna Olson

Anna Robinson

Anna Senkowska

Annalisa Gibbs 
Founder/CEO 
Eden’s Farm

Anne Farrell 
Bags of Hope

Anne K. Ream 
Founder 
The Voices and Faces Project

Anne Steadman 
Amirah

Annie Dokter

Annmarie Boulay 
Executive Director 
The Underground, Lighting A Way To Freedom

Anthony Valentine

Anthony Wilson 
Executive Director 
Woodbourne Center of Nexus

April George

Aranka Kiss

Arantza García

Arlene Sarver

Ashleigh Pelto 
Law Student 
University of Michigan

Ashley

Ashley Butler

Ashley H. 
Residential Counselor

Ashley Lyons 
Assistant Director 
EVA Center

Ashley Rutz 
Mother and Advocate

Ashley Steel

Aubrey Gerken 
Shift Freedom

Austin Olson

Barb Henderson 
Volunteer Communication Coordinator 
Free Our Girls

Barb Henderson 
Volunteer in anti-trafficking, various orgs

Barbara A. Grosso

Barbara and Jim Hill

Barbara Nehmad

Barbara Wendlandt 
River Cities Christian Church/Coffeehouse

Beatriz Garcia

Becca Chopp

Beck Sullivan 
Director of Client Services 
Restore NYC

Beisi Huang 
Supervising Counselor 
Restore NYC

Benjamin Gauen 
Attorney

Benjamin Nolot 
Founder/CEO 
Exodus Cry

Beth 
Media 
Ihop kc

Beth Little

Beth Waterman 
Operations Director 
RIA House, Inc

BethAnn Pospischil

Bethany Allison

Bethany Berthiaume

Betsy Rose 
Youth leader and School Counselor

Betty Green

Betty Howell

Betty J. Houbion 
Beverly Bucur

Beverly Rose

BJ Pramann

Bleaux O’Dette

Bonnie Kornberg

Brad Bastin

Bradley Bettis 
The EPIK Project

Bradley Myles 
CEO 
Polaris

Brandi J Barnett

Brandon Beeson

BrandonGuy

Bre 
Bre Larson 
Insurance Account Representative 
Love2Hope/MOPS

Brenda Evans 
Director of client services

Brenda McMillan

Brenda Patik

Brenna

Brian Boulay 
Co-Founder 
The Underground- CT

Brianna

Brianna Read

Brianna Statler Thorpe

Brita A Larson

Britt Dewey

Brittany Anthony

Brittany Luzader 
Address Confidentiality Program

Brittany Rael Oelze 
Assistant Professor of Social Work 
Oral Roberts University

Brittany Zampella 
Exodus Cry

Brittny Burch

Brooke Sulahian 
President & Co-Founder 
Hope for Our Sisters, Inc.

Bruce

Bryon Rossi

C. Lee Bennett 
Capt., retired 
SSJ

Caitlyn Koerner

Caleb

Caleb Gentry 
The NET Fort Worth

Camerin B.

Cameron Jordan

Cameron Levosky

Camilla Palm 
Clinical psychologist

Camille Cooper 
Vice President of Public Policy 
RAINN

Candace Brown

Candace Hewitt 
Mother

Candice Morehouse

Cara Ditto 
Trauma Therapist

Cara Krahn

Cara Smith

Carie Lopez

Carina

Carl Springer 
EPIK Project

Carla C Bray

Carol

Carol Smolenski 
Executive Director 
ECPAT-USA

Carol Zimmer

Carolina Real 
Chef

Caroline 
FEA

Carolyn Heusser

Carolyn Jones

Carrie Swartz 
Office Manager 
Fierce Freedom

Cassie Brackett 
Doula

Catherine Clark

Catherine Mosier

Cathrine de Boulloche

Caz Paradise

Cecila King 
ICWA Caseworker 
Wampanoag Government Center

Cecilia Eyer

Celia O’Rand

Chantel Nelson 
Rev

Charity Jarrett

Charlene Bartlett

Charlene Munoz

Charles Dawson

Charlotte Lapp

Charlotte Stephens 
Teacher

Charlotte Varboncoeur

Chaundel Shepherd

Chelsea Haverly 
Anchored Hope Therapy, LLC

Chelsea L

Chelsey Trevino 
Board of Director 
Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative

Chelsie Maynard, LICSW 
Outpatient Clinician Home for Little Wanderers

Cheri Dawn Crider 
Outreach Survivor Leader 
Amirah, Inc.

Cheryl and Bruce Willis

Cheryl Lawson

Cheryl Loudner 
Invest time with survivors

Cheyenne Sprinkle

Chris Muller 
Director of Training and External Affairs 
Restore NYC

Chris Twiggs

Christal Rose Gove 
Out Of Darkness

Christen Burdette

Christen Emerson 
RN clinical coordinator

Christie Arnold

Christina

Christina Miller 
Women’s Services RN

Christina Patton 
Designer

Christine 
Rec and Fitness Member services

Christine E.

Christine Shall 
Survivor Liaison 
StreetlightUSA

Christine York

Christopher M. Fosher 
CE Coordinator 
Safe Haven Family Shelters

Christopher Pousseur

Ciara king

Cindy Hatcher

Cindy Mikeal 
Psychologist

Cindy New

Claire Thoman Tedford 
Student

Clancey Paul

Cloudy 108 
Teacher

Cody Greeley 
Video Producer

Cody Steel

Cole Pal 
Teacher

Corey McFerren 
The Wilberforce Initiative

Courtney 
Manager 
Tax paying citizen

Courtney 
Florist

Courtney Ross Escobar 
Chief Operating Officer 
Living in Freedom Together, Inc.

Craig Hampton
Citizen

Craig Scheler

Cristina Oliver 
Program Clinician 
Amirah

Crystal

Crystal Bench

Crystal L. Perry 
Emergency shelter coordinator 
TurnAround, Inc.

Cyn Bowen

Cynthia Piña

Cynthia Smith 
Director 
Out of Darkness Middle GA

Cynthia Ton 
Founder and Managing Director 
Vancouver Anti-Porn Society

Daniel Eastman 
Sacred Warrior Living

Daniel Rakiec

Danielle Heitmann 
RIA House, Inc.

Danielle Stelsel 
Advocate

Darlene

Darrah Thomas 
Vanguard University Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Student

Dave McCleary 
Chair Rotary Action Group Against Slavery 
Rotary international

David Cohen

David E. Perez Jr.

David F May Jr

David Henderson

Dawn W. 
Photographer

Dawn Wilcox

Dean Patterson

Deanna Beecham

Deanna Morales

DeAnne

Deb O’Hara Rusckowski
Exec Dir 
Global Strategic Operatives for the Eradication of Human Trafficking

Debbie Mayer 
Preschool Teacher

Debbie Wheeler 
Program Director 
Real Life Giving

Debbie Wright 
From Liberty to Captivity Documentary

Deborah Edwards Veihdeffer 
Volunteer 
Araminta

Debra Prior

Demand Abolition
Porgram of Swanee Hunt Alternatives

Denise Granger 
Sisters of St Joseph of Springfield

Denny M

Desirae Willis

Devon Abler 
Midwestern Region Music Therapy Association for Students

Dia Morgan

Diana Archivera

Diana Gonzalez 
Administrative Assistant

Diana Lauber

Diana Thompson 
Deputy Director 
Roxbury Youthworks, Inc

Dina Peck

Dolly Bucek 
Manager 
Living in Liberty

Dolores Dawson

Dominik Mueller

Donna Hughes 
Professor & Carlson Endowed Chair 
University of Rhode Island

Donna LaValle

Donna Plourde 
Executive Director 
Real Life Giving

Donna Rivera 
Bookkeeper 
Switch

Donna Stevens

Donovan Cleckley

Dorchen A. Leidholdt 
Director Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services 
Sanctuary for Families

Dr. Gail Dines 
President and CEO 
Culture Reframed

Dr. Katherine Cascio 
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Megan Gerbracht 
Clinical psychologist 
The Northern Virginia human trafficking initiative

Dr. Nancy Hocking-McDonough

Dr. Vanessa Bouché

Drisha 
Coalition from Columbia South America

Drew Meritt 
Redeeming Men Ministries

Drita Luule Protopapa 
President & CEO 
MAPA Translations, Inc.

E Graham

ECPAT-USA

Ed Drain 
Anti-Trafficking Activists

Edson 
City Planner Associate

Eerika Lassila

eleanor chew Anchor/ERASE

Eleanor Kennelly Gaetan, Ph.D. 
Legislative Adviser 
Coaliiton Against Trafficking in Women

Elisa Johnson 
Director of Communications 
New Hampshire Trafficking-Free Coalition

Elisabeth Charles

Elisabeth Degen

Elisabeth Lauer 
Stop Sexkauf — Germany

Eliza Valdes

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Askander 
Registered Nurse

Elizabeth W.

Elle King 
Administrative Assistant

Ellen Arnold 
Board Chair 
Samaritan Village, Inc

Elliot Broadfoot 
Son of a Survivor

Emilia DiNatale

Emilia Franceschi 
Designer

Emily 
Case Management 
Valiant Hearts

Emily Bastin

Emily Foster

Emily Gonzales

Emily Hunnemeyer

Emily Pasnak-Lapchick

Emily Richey-Stavrand

Emily Zvirbulis

Emma Koestner

Emmalee Mims

Erica Cederquist

Erica Morales 
Domestic Violence Specialist

Erin Hershey

Erin Kornahrens 
Clinical Director 
SWITCH

Erin Plante

Estela Shingleton

Esther

Ethel Foote

Eunice Suess 
MSW

Eva Boyd 
Aunt of survivor

Eva Lagorio

Evelyn Konig 
Executive Director 
Pregnancy Resource Center of the Monadnock Region

Ewart

Exploit No More

Faye G 
A Woman

Felicia Ingram 
Assistant Director of Operations 
Prevention Works Joint Task Force and Coalition

Felicia Kotter

Felicia Womack 
World Without Exploitation

Fina Wowor

Fiorella

Forest Parotti

Fran Nelson

Frances O’Connell

Frank Matz

Fred Mitchell

Front Abolicionista PV (Spain)

Gabrielle Masih 
LMSW Referral Manager 
Restore NYC

Gae Linfoot 
Chair and Ambassador 
Rotary Club of Newport Oregon,
Shared Hope International

Gail Martinez

Gary Caldwell 
Associate Producer 
From Liberty to Captivity

Gary Oelschlaeger

George Kee 
Father of survivor

GEMS

Gianna Stover

Gina Grosso

Grace Ahn

Grant Lagorio

Greg Smith 
Board Chair 
Amirah Inc

Greta Pamela Barra Hernandez 
Red Necesito Abortar

Grizelda Grootboom 
Abolished 
Survivor Exit

HaeSung Han, Psy.D, ATR-BC, LCAT 
Co-Founder and Co-CEO 
POETIC

Haleigh Johnson

Haley Baker

Haley Steel

Halie Meiners 
Case manager

Hanna T

Hannah 
Teacher

Hannah

Hannah Barr

Hannah Chow 
Community Outreach Director 
Allan Chow Fine Art

Hannah Dunne

Hannah Herum

Hannah Marquez 
Videographer

Hannah McLean

Hannah Patridge 
Communications Manager 
Restore NYC

Hannah Urrego 
Writer and Humorist

Hannah Werth

Hayden Rowell

Hayley Buss, RVT

Heather Dewey 
530

Heather Johnston

Heather Thornburg 
Program Director 
Amirah

Heidi Brockman 
Nurse

Heidi Cannon 
Social Worker

Heidi Engstrom Tessmer

Heidi Mulholland 
Interior designer 
Sohl

Heidi Provo 
Creekview Service Unit Manager and Troop Leader 
Girl Scouts of Northern IL

Heidi Smith Miller 
Fiscal Director 
Reaching For The Shining Starz

Helen Taylor 
Director of Outreach and Intervention 
Exodus Cry

Henry Mark Tipping

Holly Trewern

Hope Rawding RN

Ina

Iris Attridge

Ivietta Kamienieva 
Resistanta

J Murphy

Jacob Jones 
Jacob Tieszen 
Graduate Student for Marriage and Family Therapy

Jacob Williams

Jacqlyn Hale

Jacqueline M. Loconsolo 
Licensed Professional Counselor

Jaimie Whaley

Jamal Jones 
Son of survivor

James Dalton 
Amirah New England

Jami Gray 
Development Director 
Out of Darkness

Jamie L Pizzi, Esq. 
Justice for Victims Fellow 
The Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation at Villanova Law

Jamie Simpson

Jana Whitney

Jane Manning 
Director 
Women’s Equal Justice Project

Jane PaznikBondarin

Janell Toso

Janet B. Magnuson

Janet Cushman

Janet Flack

Janet Kimball 
Registeted Nurse

Janet Zimmer

Janine Tano

Jaquelyn Beeson

Jaren Gravagne FNP-C

Jason 
Life Coach

Jason C Gause

Jason Downs

Jason Mouannes 
Deputy Ombudsman 
Nevada Attorney General’s Office

Jayne Bigelsen 
VP Advocacy & Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives 
Covenant House New York

Jean H. Vandergrift 
Rev. Dr. 
Houghs Neck Congregational Church

Jeanette Mulvey

Jeanne Sarson 
Co-founder 
Persons Against Non-State Torture

Jeannie Dupont

Jeffrey Opferman

Jen Biles

Jen Robinson 
Youth Intervention Director 
Awaken

Jenn M

Jenna 
Student

Jenna Conarroe 
Development Coordinator 
Restore NYC

Jenna Dewar

Jennie Fournier 
Greater Boston Prayer and Action Network

Jennie May

Jennifer Aguilar 
International Justice Mission

Jennifer Chavez

Jennifer Dammarell

Jennifer Falcone 
Director 
Businesses Against Human Trafficking

Jennifer Finch

Jennifer Flowers 
Therapist

Jennifer Guthrie 
Exodus Cry

Jennifer J Kreutzer

Jennifer L.

Jennifer Lantz 
Anti Pornography Activist

Jennifer Martenson

Jennifer Olson 
Jars of Hope

Jennifer Powell 
Pastoral Counselor

Jennifer Rostro

Jennifer Smoot

Jess Dannhauser 
President & CEO 
Graham Windham

Jess Hägg

Jess Velarde

Jessi Morter

Jessica Boggess

Jessica Brazeal 
Chief Programs Officer 
New Friends New Life

Jessica Close

Jessica Coss 
Co Founder 
Vos También

Jessica Culp

Jessica Hurley Fawley 
Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force

Jessica Jones 
Therapist

Jessica Lydon 
Human Resources 
Anti-trafficking organization

Jessica Renae

Jessica Richardson 
Health Navigation Coordinator 
Youth Services of Tulsa

Jessica S

Jessica Sisk

Jill Dean, L.P.C. 
Licensed Professional Counselor

Jillian Allen 
Trauma Clinician

Jim Benson 
Dad of a Survivor

Joan

Joan B. Sullivan

Joan C. Horgan 
Chaplain

Joanna Mizesko

Jocelyn Collen 
M.Div.

Jodi Hyer 
Board Member 
Amirah, Inc.

Jodi Lennerth

Joe George

Joe Miranti 
Volunteer & Mentor 
Amirah, Inc.

Joe Miranti Direcr 
Care Volunteer & Mentor 
Amirah, Inc.

Joel Martin

Joel Stoddert 
Pastor

Joel Vastbinder

Johanna Olofsson 
Journalist

John Atwood

John Campbell

John DeYoung 
Founder / Executive Director 
Shift Freedom

John Eicher

John G.

Jon Andresen

Jonathan Carral 
Director of Housing 
Restore NYC

Jonathan Potts

Jonht Bechthold 
MOCSA

Joni Hinton 
My Friends Are Not For Sale

Jordan Lilly 
mops

Josie Feemster

Joy Hayes

Joy Kristine Linn 
Mom

Joy Marcoccia 
Registered Nurse

Joy Pruessner 
Realtor

Joyce Chow 
JP

Judy A. Friederich 
Counselor

Judy Lyn O 
Founder & Executive Director 
Refuge 91, Inc

Judy Russi

Judye Smith

Juli Huntington 
Living In Liberty

Julia Hepburn

Julianne Vastbinder 
Restore NYC

Julie Brager 
Volunteer Prevention Educator 
Central Valley Justice Coalition

Julie Duim

Julie Oliver 
Teacher

Julie Park 
Office Assistant 
Saving Innocence

Julie Shrader 
Founder/President 
Rejuvenating Women

Julie Walters 
Sr. Consultant 
Soroptimist International

Justin Euteneier 
Director of Programs 
The EPIK Project

K. Thomas 
Special Educator

Kaethe Morris Hoffer 
Executive Director 
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

Kailynn Nelson

KaLee Young 
Advocate 
WDVS

Kamau Jones 
Son of survivor

Kara Doan 
Co-Founder 
Restoration61

Karen E Helgesen 
Chair of local Human Trafficking Prevention Committee, 
Gold Beach and Brookings (joint) Soroptimist International 
Soroptimist International, IJM, Shared Hope International, A21

Karen Riley-McNary 
Director of Programs 
Living In Freedom Together, Inc.

Karen Unger

Kari Buys 
Teacher

Karin Ryan 
Senior Advisor for Human Rights 
The Carter Center

Karla Damiano 
Administrative Coordinator 
Wings of Refuge

Karla Davis 
Nurse

Karyn Hendrickson 
Board of Directors 
Amirah, Inc.

Kate Berryman

Katen Toberts

Katherine Anthony

Kathleen

Kathryn Atwood

Kathryn Ornelas

Kathy Klein

Katia Gonzalez 
Student

Katie Feifer 
Research Director 
The Voices and Faces Project

Katie Lach 
Physical Therapy Student

Katrina Wiant 
Founder 
Best Academy

Katy Hartley 
Awaken

Kavin Gustafson

Kay Chernush 
Founder & President 
ArtWorks for Freedom

Kay Levesque 
Executive Director 
Love2Hope

Kaylah Griffith

Kayleen Shelley

Kaylin Z.

Kazra Hill

Keisha Bruce

Kelly

Kelly

Kelly M Clark 
New Options For Women

Kelly M. Olson 
Support Services Director 
Damascus Road Project, Inc

Kelly P.

Kelly Santiesteban

Kelsey Carnes

Ken Prillaman

Kendis Paris 
Executive Director 
Truckers Against Trafficking

Kenzie Van Essen

Keren Stevens

Keri Bunting 
Out of Darkness Middle Georgis

Kerry OBrien

Kerry Benson 
Mom of a Survivor

Kevin Irons 
Retired security 
Hookers for Jesus

Kiana Goin 
Student

Kim Contreras

Kim Hopkins, LICSW 
Director of Innovation & Planning 
Centerboard

Kim Sykes 
Artistic Director 
Girl Be Heard

Kimberly Mull 
Kimberly Mull Advocacy & Consulting

Kimberly Warren

Kimmy Igla

Kirsten Neville

Krista Van Allen 
CEO 
Girl Above

Kristen Louise Corson

Kristen Tillotson

Kristin

Kristin 
Dr. Kristin Samuelson, Voice & Speech Coach for Professionals 
New York Women in Film and Television

Kristin Kirkland

Kristin Miracle 
Concerned citizen

Kristina M Gillette

Kristy Daniels

Kristyn Kiser

Kristyn Leamon

Kurt Wayne 
Founder 
A-B-P Ministries

Kyle Aldred

Kylie Hall

Kyrie Price

Lacey N. Mings 
Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board Certified Counselor, CCTS-S 
Tenfold Counseling Group, LLC

LaDelle Hardt 
Retired RN

Laia Velasco

Laila Mickelwait 
Director of Abolition 
Exodus Cry

Lance Hollingshead

Larissa Anne

Laura

Laura J. Lederer 
President 
Global Centurion

Laura Margaret Turner 
Care Coordinator 
Switch

Laura Porteiro Balsa 
Economist

Laura Pou

Laura Sánchez de Rojas

Laura Teske

Laura Wolz

Laurel H Lazar

Lauren

Lauren

Lauren A. Taylor

Lauren Brenneman

Lauren Hall 
RBI

Lauren Hersh 
National Director 
World Without Exploitation

Lauren Lyons

Lauren Moon

Lauren Pallante

Lauren S. 
Graduate student

Lauren Strainge 
High School Teacher

Lauren Yeager 
Abolitionist S
ilhouettes Studios

Laurie Bolthouse

Laurie Truschel 
Amirah, Inc

Leah M. Parsons 
Special Education Teacher 
Westridge Middle School

Leanne Dupont

Leasha Burow

Leigh Ann Dull 
Director 
Transform Arts

Lengy Norwood 
Pastor 
Triumphant International

Leslie A Nichols

Leslie Sims

Lexi J Campbell 
Student

Lexi M 
Student

LG

Liam Paine

Libby Ryan 
Counselor

Lil Corcoran 
Executive Director 
Women’s Rights Information Center

Liliana Forero

Lillian Grant 
Barista

Lina Nealon

Linda Eldridge 
Program mentor 
Forever Found

Linda Macdonald 
Co-founder 
Persons Against Non-State Torture

Linda Sabouné

Linda Smith (U.S. Congress 1994–98) 
Founder and President 
Shared Hope International

Lindsay Morgan 
Awaken

Lindsey 
Bank teller

Lisa DaSilva 
Arise Ministries Collective

Lisa Goldblatt Grace 
Executive Director 
My Life My Choice

Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jones 
Daughter of survivor

Liz Johnstone 
LIFT

Liz Joseph

Llagorio

Lora Crohain

Lori Ann Hiener

Lori Hannon 
Insurance Acccount Manager

Lori McAdam

Louis Womack

LuAnn Goodyear 
Owner 
Last Resort Equestrian Center

LuAnn Szabo

Lucia Casique 
Love2Hope

Lucía Suarez Naveros 
Journalist 
Asociación Hypatia

Lucy G Costa

Lucy McNally

Luke Werth 
Chiropractic Student 
Logan University

Lydia Anderson

Lynette Bondarchuk 
Director 
Edmonton Small Press Association (ESPA)

Lynette Miller

Lynne Burns

Lynne Marie Garcia

Lynsey Agent 
Restore NYC

M. Neyens

M. Siegfried RN

M.jean McAdams-Jenkins

M.Lagorio

MacKenzie Townsend

Madeleine Larson

Madeline Credeur

Madison Burgett

Madison Everson

Maggie Lewis 
PharmD

Maheen Kaleem

Mahima Mondal 
Volunteer 
SHIFT

Mahri Irvine, PhD 
Founder 
THRIVE Research and Education, LLC

Maider 
Social Education

Maite 
Affiliation

Mandy VanDellen 
School Counselor

Manoj Gurani 
Operations and strategy maker 
Lahar Foundation

Manon Michaud 
Abolition de l’industrie du sexe Canada

Marcia Hafner

Marcie M May 
Educator

Marco Bandeira

Margaret Eckert

Margaret Miles

Margie Quin 
CEO 
End Slavery Tennessee

Maria Arenas

Psychologist

Maria Fernandez

María José Moreno 
Front abolicionista del País Valencià

María N.

María Pons 
Teacher

Marian Paulino

Maricela Lares 
Registered Nurse

Marie Drouin

Marieke Bos

Marika Ravin 
Assistant Professor 
Cairn University

Marilyn Mares

Mark McGovern

Marta Campo

Martha Kowaski 
Journalist 
Beholder’s Emporium Independent Media

Marthaelle Francois

Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS 
Survivor Leader and Advocate

Martin Povel 
Former sex buyer

Mary Ann Perez

Mary Clermont t

Mary DeFusco 
President of the Board 
Dawn’s Place

Mary Glotfelty

Mary Graw Leary 
Professor of Law

Mary Hickman 
Women’s Liberation Front

Mary Jane Cavallo

Mary Mazzio 
Director/Producer 
I AM JANE DOE

Mary McAlister

Mary Speta 
Development Director 
Amirah, Inc.

Mary White

Maryjane Stuckey

Matt

Matt

Matt Kuske

Matthew Brown 
Middle School Teacher 
RISD

Matthew J Okerblom 
Assistant Dean

Maureen Wright

Maurie Bergeron 
Director of TIL Services 
LUK,Inc.

Max 
Pre Law student

Maya

Mayra Berrios

Mckenzie Peay 
Scarlet Hope

Meagan Jones

Meagan Kunitzer 
Free Our Girls

Megan

Megan

Megan Burnett

Megan Estep 
Victim Advocate

Megan Henrion 
Intensive Case Manager 
Board of Child Care

Megan Hita

Megan Ptacek

Megan Walker 
Executive Director 
London Abused Women’s Centre (Canada)

Megen Sinclair

Melanie Rutherford

Melanie Sachs 
Advocate 
Board Member Written On Your Heart and Family Advocate at Children’s Cove

Melinda Johansson 
1964

Melinda Metz

Melissa Holland
Founder, ED

Awaken

Melissa Peterson

Melissa Richardson 
Clinical Supervisor

Melissa Ryan 
Clinical Social Worker

Melissa S

Mellisa Johnson

Melody Rice 
Minister/ counselor 
Stand Firm Ministries

Mercedes Fuentes

Mercy Dunnam

Mercy Ward

Meredith Philbrook 
CEO 
Just Love Worldwide

Mia Alvarado 
Executive Director 
Roxbury Youthworks, Inc.

Mia Heineman

Micah Wright

Michael Kander

Michele

Michele Brooks

Michele Sumner

Michelle Cabalceta

Michelle Contreras 
Pedagoga Mujeres Peligrosas Ñuble

Michelle Hodges

Michelle M Binicewicz

Michelle Richardson 
Family Advocate 
Mercy Gate Ministries

Michelle Russell 
Volunteer 
One Amarillo Ministry

Michelle Warren

Michelle Williford

Mike Snyder

Mike Steel

Miles Garn 
Client Advisor

Millie 
Retired

Min. Annie Bell 
Executive Director 
Wealth Management Ministries, Inc.

Miquel 
Sin Trabajo 
Vegana

Misty Tyson 
Director 
FAI Relief Counter-Trafficking

Molly McFadden

Monique

Morgan Laird

Moriah Stonehocker

Mr. Patrick S. O’Bryan

Muin Daly 
Rev.

Muriel Clark 
Mother of survivor

Nacole S. 
Mother of Survivor

Nancy Baldwin 
Trustee and Executive Director 
Hickey Family Foundation

Nancy Dumas 
Out of Darkness Middle GA.

Nancy Mering

Board member
Amirah, Inc.

Nancy Skinner

Nancy Trifilo 
Author, INSIDIOUS BONDS 
Nuncia Group

Naomi Gal

Naomi Heghinian

Natalia Sanz Jimenez

Natalie A Russell

Natalie DeCarolis 
Natalie Loos

Nattolie Chilton 
Writer Therapist 
iamtruthvigilante.com

Nezih Altay 
Professor 
DePaul University

Nicole C. Hutchison

Nicole Hale

Nicole Krieger

Nicole M Williams 
Protective Services Caseworker 
Centre County PA Children & Youth Services

Nicole O’Banion 
Ombudsman for DV, SA & Human Trafficking

Nicole OBrien 
Ruth’s Way for Women

Nicole Phillips 
CEO 
Lavished Ministries Inc

Nicole Wilson

Niki 
Student Hellenic College Holy Cross

Nikiya Eaton 
Outreach Worker 
We Rise

Nikki Demers, PhD

Nikki Duke 
My Friends Are Not For Sale

Nikki Richnow 
℅-Founder 
Freedom Place

Noah Hansen

Noelle Viard 
Director of Communications 
Restoration61

Nola Sheffer 
Educator

O.J.X. Bondarchuk 
Son of Abolitionist 
Edmonton Women & Allies Against the Sex Industry

Olha Liber 
Psychologist

Olivia M 
Select

Oree Freeman 
Case Manager 
Saving Innocence

Orit Aharonov 
Orit

Pam Anderson

Pamela Badger 
Former Chapter Leader 
Exodus Cry Charleston South Carolina

Pamela Harms

Pamela McLellan 
Amirah Inc

Paola M. Contreras

Pascale Zumkeller

Pat Lewis

Patricia Toon 
Free Our Girls

Patrick Evan Donahue

Patrick Kiefer

Paula Glascoe 
Care Team Coordinator CSEC/Y Program 
Board of Child Care

Peggie Schommer

Penny Adrian

Peter Qualliotine
Equality Model Initiative 
The EVA Center

Peter Vescovi

Pollyanna Woods

Priscilla Borlan

Rachael

Rachael Cramer

Rachael Dent 
Lavished Ministries, Inc.

Rachael Martin

Rachaell Ko 
Flight Attendant

Rachel 
Children’s Pastor

Rachel Blazer

Rachel Foster 
President Heights Advisors

Rachel Jacobs 
School Counselor

Rachel Libby

Rachel Maddox

Rachel Martin

Rachel Sherman 
Legal Assistant C
ovenant House New York

Rachel T. Black

Rachel Wightman

Raleigh Sadler 
Executive Director 
Let My People Go

Randy Rhodes 
Board Member 
The EPIK Project

Raquel Piscopo 
Supervisor 
Terry’s House

Raymond Kamstra 
Filmer/Photographer

Rebecca 
Direct Services 
CMSAC

Rebecca Bolin 
Registered Nurse

Rebecca Carey Lyles 
Author 
Perpedit Publishing

Rebecca Kotz 
Trafficking Program Coordinator 
Central MN Sexual Assault Center

Rebecca Vidales

Rebecca Whisnant

Rebecca Zipkin 
Sanctuary for Families

Rebekah Hillerstrom

Rebekah Samuels 
Graduate Student 
TWU

Rebekah Stabenow

Rebekka Coffey

Renata Billings

Renee Brooks 
President 
Reid Temple Missionary Society

Renonia M 
Casemangement/Women’s life coach 
Community supporter

Rev. Adrian Dannhauser 
Associate Rector 
Church of the Incarnation NYC

Rev. Laurie Pierce Tingley 
Elder
The Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church

Rev. Rebecca R Belt 
Chaplain 
Out of Darkness, Columbus OH

Rhema

Rhona Dehghan-Azad 
Physiotherapist

Rhonda Quayle 
Volunteer 
Scarlet Road

Rick P

Ripley 
Rape survivor

Rob 
Rob Spectre 
CEO 
childsafe.ai

Robert Beiser 
Executive Director 
Seattle Against Slavery

Robert Demeo 
Recovery Advocate 
Sunrise, Essex House

Robert Pardon 
Director 
MeadowHaven

Roberta Duffield 
Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative

Robin

Robin Chan 
Policy Advocate 
Massachusetts Coalition to End Human Trafficking

Robin Steel

Robyn Rodman

Rochelle Dyer 
Teacher

Rochelle Keyhan 
CEO 
Collective Liberty

Roger Canaff 
Consultant

Ronald T. Julian

Rosa J Martinez

Rose Girton

Rosie Piontek 
Mother

Roslyn Holcomb

Rus Ervin Funk 
Consultant/Activist 
RusFunk Consulting

Rusty Havens 
Founder 
SWLA Abolitionists

Ruth Shrock

Ryan Callison

Rylea Villarreal 
Student

S.H.A.D.E Movement, Inc

S.L. Bondarchuk 
Administrator
EWAASI — Edmonton Women & Allies Against the Sex Industry

Sam Midwood

Sam Morton

Samantha Bagley 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Samantha Inesta 
Executive Director 
BeaSistet2aSister

Samantha Skouras

Samantha Traves

Sammy Aureli

Sandi Christian

Sandra Diaz 
Director of Economic Empowerment 
Restore NYC

Santesa Gentry 
Exodus Cry

Sara 
Stay at home mother of all girls (who will be directly affected by such laws as discussed here)

Sara Lawson

Sarah Broughton 
Clinician for survivors of human trafficking 
Amirah, Inc

Sarah Cox

Sarah Dunbar 
Translator

Sarah Glassett

Sarah Greene

Sarah Hamill

Sarah John

Sarah R. 
Registered Nurse

Sarah Rebbavarapu

Sarah Robinson Barbera 
Justice for Victims Senior Fellow 
Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Sarah Stephen

Sarah Wilkins

Scarlet Hausladen 
Retired

Sean Smith 
Health Educator

Serena Hurley

Sevgi Mutuku

Shadrika Ferguson

Shannon 
NOW-NYC

Shannon

Shannon Fout

Shannon Hess

Shannon Roberts

Shannon Selim

Shannon Thomas

Sharmeela Mediratta

Sharon Sparkowich

Shea Rhodes, Esquire 
Director & Co-founder 
CSE Institute, Villanova Law

Sheila

Shelby Anderson

Shelby Quast 
Americas Director 
Equality Now

Shelia McClain 
Director of Education and Outreach 
Thistle Farms

Shelley Lundie 
Mom !

Sheradia Linton

Sherri Lawther

Sherri Rocher 
Lavished Ministeries

Sherrie Greubel 
Disabled Citizen of USA

Sherrie J Polasek 
Elementary Education 
Parent of Survivor

Shontell Brewer 
Prevention Specialist & Educator 
Awaken Reno

Silvia

Silvia 
Sonya Lagorio

Sonya Ostendorf

Sophia Chambers

Sophie Aron 
University of Maryland 
SAFE Center for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Stacey Burdette

Stacey Sutherland 
Director Training and Resources 
United to Stop Trafficking

Stella Rollins 
Transitions Case Manager

steph 
Free Our Girls

Stephanie Bychinski

Stephanie Clark 
Executive Director 
Amirah, Inc.

Stephanie E. Babin, Esq.

Stephanie Gause

Stephanie Norton 
Residential Coordinator 
The WellHouse

Stephanie Odom

Stephen Piercey 
Ranch Hand 
Child of God

Stephen T. Buller 
Pastor of Students 
Raintree Community Church

Stephen Vendergrift
Pastor 
Houghs Neck Congregational Church

Steve

Steven 
U.S. Army

Steven Norton 
Structural Design Engineer

Steven R. Hardy

Steven Schreiber

Sue Hamblen 
Director of Missions 
Vienna Presbyterian Church, Missions Ministry

Sunni Stephan

Survivor Leadership Initiative

Susan 
Homemaker

Susan Alley 
Home Manager 
Amirah

Susan E. Hopkins

Susan Halpin

Susan Mathews

Susan Noviello 
Founder 
LovedIn

Suz Harvey

Sydney Scott

Sydney Scruggs 
Quality Specialist

T Smith 
Mental Health Counselor

T. Dirks

Taicha Adayah Rojas 
Home Health Aide/ Youth Mentor 
Abolitionist Network

Taina Bien-Aime 
Executive Director 
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

Tamara Gerhard 
Counselor/Parent of Survivor 
The Underground

Tanya 
Student
Sam Houston State University

Tara Merrill

Tara Scheler

Tara VanWagoner

Tasha Jones 
Daughter of survivor

Teresa Cubillas Cañellas

Teresa Matz 
Director of Development 
Rebecca Bender Initiative

Teressa Johnson

Terien Taylor 
Youth Service Coordinator 
Roxbury Youthworks, Inc.

Terri Gilkerson

Terria Joseph 
Human Woman

Terry Lynn Davis

Teshia Garrett

Teté Barreira

Thomas Adcock 
Journalist/novelist

Thomas Clark Miller

Thomas Yarbrough

Tiana Schwartz

tiffani robinson

Tiffany Neighbors

Tiffany Robb

Tiffany Tripp 
Out of Darkness

Tiffany Wilcox

Tiletia O’Connor

Tina Fischer-Carne MD

Tina Simmons

Tina Wilson

TN

Tomas Perez 
Founder 
The EPIK Project

Tommy Jarvis 
EPIK Project

Toni Lucas

Tony Talbott 
Director 
Abolition Ohio

Tonya Dalton

Traci Kurtzer MD P
hysician/ Trafficking Educator 
Cook County Human Trafficking TaskForce Healthcare Committee

Traci Wilkinson

Trent Coates

Tricia Grant 
Director 
If Only 1 & Not Here

Trinity Huggins 
Student, aspiring psychologist

Ty Bowden 
MASE Director 
The Net Fort Worth

Tyler Wall

Tzeitel 
Co-Director 
Rays of Freedom

Valerie Duck

Valerie Linevitch

Valerie R. Norcross

Vanessa R. Stokes 
Educator

Vanessa Schmidt 
Founder/Chair 
The Wild Hope Austin

Veronica Araujo 
Mental Health Professional

Veronica Farless 
Lavished Ministries

Vicki Care Conti 
Christian — Republican

Víctor Manuel Fuentes Viaño

Victoria

Victoria Waters

Virginie Mikaelian 
UQAM

Vivian Evans

VJ Bernham

Walter Greaves

Wendi Boehnen

Wendy Arias

Wendy Henkelman 
Producer -SHIFT freedom

Whitney

Whitney Buterbaugh

Whitney Russell

William Payne

William Salgado

Winifred Doherty 
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd

Xano Durán 
Worker

Yasmin Vafa 
Executive Director 
Rights4Girls

Yowanda V Godfrey 
Araminta Freedom Initiative 
CTIP Task Force Representative 
Pentagon Force Protection Agency

Yvonne Ambrose 
Mother of Murdered Victim

Zac Snyder

Zaina Greene 
Executive Director 
SWITCH

Ziba Cranmer 
Former Executive Directo 
Demand Abolition

Zoe

Zoie Roppelt 
Sparrow Place

Disclaimer: An additional seven survivors expressed support for the letter, but wished for their names to remain private and confidential. (Subject to audit.)

  • "For me, sexual abuse was a direct route into prostitution. The same kind of destructive abuse chosen by myself, because I knew this feeling and recognised myself in this situation, even though the situation traumatised me over and over again."
    - Tanja Rahm, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • "Many people ask me, how did I get into prostitution, was I “trafficked” or was I a willing participant? What many don’t understand is - however we entered - what the act of prostitution does to us; how it slowly strips us of any semblance of ourselves, as we try to sell part of our bodies, while keeping our soul intact. Prostitution preys on the most vulnerable; it takes us places we never intended to go, all driven by those who feel entitled to pay for our bodies. "
    - Cherie Jimenez, Boston, USA
  • "My body, mind, and spirit survived so many things for so many years. The sexual exploitation and violence I endured was almost like something that happened to someone else. If I had told myself the truth about what was being done to me, my psyche would have splintered into a million pieces."
    - Autumn Burris, Denver, USA
  • "Remembering friend’s I have lost along the way, and taking a glance at all the violence, rape and inhumane activities, I just can’t help but recognize my luck to alive today."
    - Mickey Meji, Cape Town, South Africa
  • "When New Zealand passed full decriminalisation, things changed in unexpected ways and I came to understand that the myths of legal protection, autonomy, increased choice and greater community acceptance were unfounded.. The myth of health being better was proved false in less than 6 months of the law reform. Women were kissing and risking herpes, doing oral sex without condoms with the risk of throat warts, doing rougher and riskier practices just to get the jobs.. I dealt with punters changing expectations. I had no choice but to fight against this model ever spreading to another country."
    - Sabrinna Valisce, Melbourne, Australia
  • "Just because dancing (stripping) is legal does not mean it’s not violence against women - Stripping and prostitution go hand in hand."
    - Vednita Carter, St Paul, USA
  • "What I know today is that women are victimised by the system of prostitution by innumerable perpetrators, and at the same time victimised by a society which is not only allowing but encouraging prostitution by accepting it as a 'job like any other'. We are victims of a society blind in one eye, advancing the wealth of a privileged few over the suffering of an incalculable number of women and children."
    - Marie Merklinger, Stuttgart, Germany
  • "It might surprise you, but it can happen to anyone. No you’re not exempt. I wasn’t."
    - Marian Hatcher, Chicago, USA
  • "At the tender age of fifteen I was coerced into the brutal world of prostitution, I immediately lost my identity. I liken my day to day life to being on the front lines of a battlefield. I spent the next eleven years shut down and disassociated. I supressed feelings of shame and disgust constantly, by telling myself that this was a job like any other."
    - Fiona Broadfoot, Bradford, UK
  • "I was able to exit prostitution and rebuild my life, and with that my education became a tool. I was recognized for my tenacity and my strength and have been able now to be an asset to my community and to my people."
    - Bridget Perrier, Toronto, Canada
  • "When I look back now I see that prostitutuion lured and consumed those of us who were already marginalised in society. If you were poor, if you were disadvantaged, if you had come from a broken home or had vulnerabilities connected to prior cycles of abuse, especially sexual abuse, prostitution was there waiting for you. Prostitution is a trap, and it’s not a coincidence that all over the world it ensnares those who are already struggling to survive."
    - Rachel Moran, Dublin, Ireland
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"At the tender age of fifteen I was coerced into the brutal world of prostitution, I immediately lost my identity. I liken my day to day life to being on the front lines of a battlefield. I spent the next eleven years shut down and disassociated. I supressed feelings of shame and disgust constantly, by telling myself that this was a job like any other."
- Fiona Broadfoot, Bradford, UK
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