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Publications Archives - Renewal Forum

Renewal Forum and Paul Hastings Report Finds Child Protective Services Limited in Its Ability to Aid Child Victims of Sexual Exploitation

On January 12, 2015, by Ian Kitterman

The state agency that should be leading the fight against the commercial sexual exploitation of children – Child Protective Services (CPS) – is, in most states, either sitting on the sidelines or very limited in its capacity to respond, according to a new report  “Falling Through the Cracks:  Rethinking Child Protective Services’ Response to Victims […]

Legal analysis of Backpage v. State

On October 23, 2014, by Hannah Kim

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 the Washington State Supreme Court heard arguments on the case of Backpage LLC v Mckenna. In it, two teenage girls allege that Backpage should be held liable for their abuse that happened after they were advertised for sex on Backpage. In particular, they invoke a statute that Washington passed in […]

Robert P. George Article “Fighting Against Human Trafficking”

On February 4, 2013, by kflann

Check out this timely article by Robert George, Renewal Forum Board member, about fighting human trafficking. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/02/03/fighting-against-sex-trafficking/Tweet

A Briefing on Human Trafficking and the Exploitation of Juveniles in Kansas

On October 6, 2012, by admin

The purpose of this memorandum is to argue that human trafficking is urgently relevant to the mainstream of our society, and the conclusion is this: What we do on human trafficking should be seen as an integral part of a strategy to make Kansas safe for kids. Exploitation in Kansas – A BriefingTweet

An Evaluation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011

On September 14, 2012, by Ian Kitterman

On June 29th, 2011, Senator Patrick Leahy, cosponsored by Sen. Boxer, Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Cardin, Sen. Cochran, Sen. Feinstein, Sen. Gillibrand, Sen. Kerry, Sen. Rubio, Sen. Wyden introduced senate bill 1301, known as the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011, in order to extend the work that the United States has done to […]

Legislative Response to the Commercial Sex Exploitation of Children

On August 31, 2012, by Ian Kitterman

This toolbox is to intended to give legislators the framework for properly considering what an individual state needs in order to address the sexual exploitation of children in the United States. A Legislature’s ChecklistTweet

Why Sex Trafficking Should Not Have a Statute of Limitation

On August 20, 2012, by Jonathan Gammon

Statutes of limitation designate a particular time frame within which a prosecution must be commenced. The inherent policy behind a statute of limitation is to adequately provide a defendant the needed resources, many of which are time sensitive, in order to mount a competent defense. A secondary purpose may be to encourage law enforcement to […]

Exploitation as Mitigating Factor in the Prosecution of Prostitution

On August 15, 2012, by Jonathan Gammon

Criminal procedures, trafficking, prostitution-related criminal laws, and political environments vary widely across the United States, which means enacting effective mitigation laws will require a nuanced approach specifically tailored to each state. Thus while the Renewal Forum puts forward a model text, it is with the realization that different situations will call for variations on this […]

How Caylee’s Law Can Help Fight the Sex Exploitation of Children

On June 30, 2012, by Jonathan Gammon

The acquittal of Casey Anthony in the murder trial over daughter Caylee led to public outrage and demand for legislative change. The real catalyst of the outrage and public damnation was Casey’s failure to report two-year old Caylee missing for 31 days. This high profile case resulted in new state legislation, spurred by constituent demands […]