Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative

Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative Our mission is to prevent human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, disrupt related networks, and restore those impacted.
Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative (NOVA HTI) is a faith-based 501(c)(3) organization based out of Northern Virginia.

Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiatives (NOVA HTI)] mission is to eradicate human trafficking locally through awareness, advocacy, prayer, and victim services. We are a 501(c)(3) organization based in Northern Virginia. Find out more about us, and see how you can get involved, at: www.novahti.com

Mission: Our mission is to eradicate human trafficking locally through awareness, prayer, partnerships, intervention, and victim services.

July 30th is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons & we want to encourage you to get up & get out + Walk Against Traf...
07/28/2020

July 30th is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons & we want to encourage you to get up & get out + Walk Against Trafficking!

When you ‘Walk Against Trafficking’ you are walking or running a mile to raise awareness that the injustice of human trafficking is happening globally, nationally, and locally.

Take a photo of yourself walking, running, or even just your shoes as go and tag us on social media to be entered to win a survivor handmade keychain & $15 Starbucks gift card.

Wear blue - Take a picture - Tag us: starting TODAY and ending by Noon on Friday July 31st, in order to be entered to win. 🎉 FB:@Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative -- Insta:@nova_hti --Twitter:@nova_hti

07/27/2020
Van Tour

This past week a few team members went on a Van Tour around Northern Virginia. For some, it was their first time being on a tour receiving information of what Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs) were, aka Brothels, and specific locations on where trafficking occurred. Right in our backyard.

IMBs, or Brothels, are businesses that front as commercial sex businesses. The women who provide illicit services are also known as a victims of sex trafficking. They are being held by numerous means whether it is by force, fraud or manipulation. As the IMBs were being pointed out, one right after the other, a few were actually almost 1000 feet from each other. The team became equipped with the knowledge of what is happening in our community and it became apparent that God has a plan for each of us to help #endhumantrafficking.

We can truly affect our community for the better. Step one is bringing awareness that this even exists. NOVA-HTI offers resources and/or a way out to those impacted, if they choose to leave or get help, both for victims and buyers. Want to get involved? #donate #volunteer #educateyourself

AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to NOVA-HTI when you shop throu...
07/24/2020

AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to NOVA-HTI when you shop through AmazonSmile. Visit smile.amazon.com, select Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative, and shop today!

95%. Up to 95% of those trafficked have a history of childhood sexual abuse. -Treasures What does this mean for you? Be ...
07/23/2020

95%. Up to 95% of those trafficked have a history of childhood sexual abuse. -Treasures

What does this mean for you? Be on the lookout ➡️ Grooming allows offenders to slowly overcome natural boundaries long before sexual abuse occurs. On the surface, grooming a child can look like a close relationship between the offending adult, the targeted child and (potentially) the child’s caregivers. The grooming process is often misleading because the offender may be well-known or highly regarded in the community.

As a result, it’s easy to trust them.
#themoreyouknow #prevention #grooming

"While Polaris treats all calls to the Trafficking Hotline seriously, the extreme volume of these contacts has made it m...
07/21/2020
Polaris Statement on Wayfair Sex Trafficking Claims | Polaris

"While Polaris treats all calls to the Trafficking Hotline seriously, the extreme volume of these contacts has made it more difficult for the Trafficking Hotline to provide support and attention to others who are in need of help."

https://polarisproject.org/press-releases/polaris-statement-on-wayfair-sex-trafficking-claims/

Over the past several days the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received hundreds of reports that reference viral posts claiming Wayfair has been involved in sex trafficking children.

This week we are shining a spotlight on our staff member, Amanda Reeping, our Director of Communications & Awareness. Jo...
07/17/2020

This week we are shining a spotlight on our staff member, Amanda Reeping, our Director of Communications & Awareness. Joining the leadership team in April, she hit the ground running and has been dedicating herself to this local fight to #endhumantrafficking.

She leads a team that executes the various communication aspects, which includes social media, marketing, our newsletter, presentations, promotional materials, our blog, graphic design, as well as campaigns along with the awareness aspect with research and speaking.

Amanda said, “God lit a fire in my heart for human trafficking in January 2013, that is still burning. For the past couple of years, I have been volunteering for NOVA-HTI helping wherever I could. In April, I felt called to take the next step as the Director of Communications & Awareness.

The impact of this team is extremely important in educating the public about trafficking in our own community. Proverbs 31 says to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves and our team educates and informs others to do so. I love to be part of an organization that goes where God leads us first and foremost. Everyone here wants to empower + equip others and most certainly the survivors we serve. It’s a humbling atmosphere.

When we allow God to lead, he truly can accomplish incredibly more than anything we could have envisioned ourselves. That is what NOVA-HTI is doing and I believe will continue to do.”

If you have experience and being on the Communications team has been on your heart, then this is the place for you! Reach out to [email protected] if interested. Your gifts can be used to make a difference! #thankful #getinvolved #TeamNOVAHTI #spotlight #volunteer

What do you do when you come across CSAM or evidence of child sex trafficking? Do you know where to go and how to report...
07/15/2020
What to do when you find CSAM or evidence of child sex trafficking online | Thorn

What do you do when you come across CSAM or evidence of child sex trafficking? Do you know where to go and how to report it?

As we spend more and more time online, the chances we come across something abusive in content has increased. “Reporting this content through the right channels as a community helps to keep platforms safe, and could lead to the identification of a victim or help to end the cycle of abuse for survivors.” #educateyourself #reportabusivecontent https://bit.ly/ThornCSAM

In the year 2000, just about half of all American adults were online. Today, nine-in-ten adults use the internet in the United States, according to Pew Research Center. And in 2020, Americans, along with the rest of the world, are...

The EARN IT Act ensures that online platforms will now be treated like everyone else when it comes to combating child se...
07/13/2020
NCOSE and Allies Help EARN IT Act Pass the Senate Judiciary Committee

The EARN IT Act ensures that online platforms will now be treated like everyone else when it comes to combating child sexual exploitation.

Congress makes them responsible for risks and danger they allow. As a result, they are strongly incentivized to ensure their products are safe. #endexploitation https://bit.ly/EARNITAct

NCOSE is deeply grateful to the Senate Judiciary Committee which unanimously approved a stronger version of the EARN IT Act on July 2, 2020.

Young minor recruited in DC, but Facebook message to Mom leads to 8 men arrested for human trafficking. "Dr. Monique How...
07/10/2020
Authorities: Teen’s Facebook Message To Mom Thwarts Malvern Human Trafficking Ring, 8 Men Arrested

Young minor recruited in DC, but Facebook message to Mom leads to 8 men arrested for human trafficking.

"Dr. Monique Howard, the executive director of Women Organized Against Rape, says organized human sex trafficking can take place anywhere, so the key is for neighbors to always pay attention.

“It makes you feel uncomfortable,” Howard said. “It makes you feel not in my backyard, but it happens in our backyard so one of the best things to do is call the authorities if you think there is something going on.”
#itsinourbackyard #endhumantrafficking
https://bit.ly/minorRecruitedinDC

Investigators say the men were holding a 14-year-old girl against her will and forced to have sex for money with as many as four to five individuals per day.

Dr. Jennifer Brown, a dentist and mother of 6, explains why our youth deserve protection from sexually explicit material...
07/07/2020
Why Youth Deserve Protections from Sexually Explicit Material | Dr. Jennifer Brown | TEDxBountiful

Dr. Jennifer Brown, a dentist and mother of 6, explains why our youth deserve protection from sexually explicit material and the effects it can have on their brains. Their brains literally change in harmful ways by what they see. Watch the TEDx Talk below. #tedxtalk

https://bit.ly/tedxtalkdrbrown

NOTE FROM TED: This talk only represents the speaker's personal views and understanding of pornography and neuroscience. We've flagged this talk because it f...

🚨Breaking News: Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged accomplice of accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, arrested and charged wi...
07/02/2020
Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's longtime associate, has been charged with enticement of minors

🚨Breaking News: Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged accomplice of accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, arrested and charged with “enticement and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.”

From at least 1994 -1997, “Maxwell assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18,”.

Read more below.
https://bit.ly/jefferyepstein-ghislainecharged

Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime girlfriend and alleged accomplice of accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested Thursday morning and charged by New York federal prosecutors with six counts in connection with the ongoing federal investigation into Epstein's accomplices, according to court d...

"This method persists despite the federal government shutting down the most popular website for advertising victims, Bac...
06/30/2020

"This method persists despite the federal government shutting down the most popular website for advertising victims, Backpage, in the middle of 2018."

The top internet platforms that were used to solicit buyers in new criminal sex trafficking cases were Backpage, Facebook and Craigslist.
#endexploitation #internetsolicitation #educateyourself

"There has never been a more important moment to engage the fight for freedom." We cannot echo these words loud enough! ...
06/26/2020
Trafficking in Persons Report 2020 - United States Department of State

"There has never been a more important moment to engage the fight for freedom." We cannot echo these words loud enough!

“The last 20 years have shown that criminalizing all forms of human trafficking and providing victims with access to comprehensive care require commitment and time. Yet, when governments take action and lead, progress toward a world free from human trafficking is possible.”

The TIP Report is a powerful tool to raise awareness, create action, start dialogue and advance the global commitment to put freedom first. Read up on the 20th edition of the released report 🔽

https://bit.ly/TIPReport20

For 20 years, the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) has demonstrated the United States’ conviction that human trafficking is a global threat necessitating a global response.

What is online grooming?"Online grooming is a term used broadly to describe the tactics abusers deploy through the inter...
06/25/2020
Online grooming: What it is, how it happens, and how to defend children | Thorn

What is online grooming?

"Online grooming is a term used broadly to describe the tactics abusers deploy through the internet to sexually exploit children. It can happen quickly or over time, but at its core it’s a process of exploiting trust to shift expectations of what safe behavior is and leveraging fear and shame to keep a child silent." #onlinegrooming #howtodefendchildren #educateyourself

https://bit.ly/Thornonlinegrooming

Finding something in common. Telling personal stories. Sharing something just a little bit vulnerable and creating a bond. We all do this to build trust. That’s a good thing, right? But what if someone takes that trust to a place...

"While many human trafficking activities remain underground, an increased understanding of how human traffickers use leg...
06/23/2020

"While many human trafficking activities remain underground, an increased understanding of how human traffickers use legitimate services has helped companies in various industries begin to crack the business of human trafficking." - Forbes #endhumantrafficking #educateyourself

This week we are shining a spotlight on our wonderful team member, Theressa Ruckstuhl, our Resource Center Manager who i...
06/19/2020

This week we are shining a spotlight on our wonderful team member, Theressa Ruckstuhl, our Resource Center Manager who is in the fight to help #endhumantrafficking. She is always going above and beyond each week and we are so thankful to have her with us. Theressa said, "I love working with NOVA-HTI because of its holistic approach to restoring the lives of survivors of Human Trafficking. NOVA-HTI not only stands by survivors as they leave their Trafficking situation, we walk with survivors as they learn to live the true life God wanted for them. NOVA-HTI walks with clients the whole way; from the contemplative stage of leaving, through the stages of work it takes to rebuild their lives, to living ilife free of Human Trafficking.

I hold 2 positions at NOVA-HTI, The Resource Center Manager and most recently, The Gala Coordinator.
In my role as the Resource Center Manager, I ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of our office. I respond to inquiries, communicate with individuals and organizations, manage the process of accepting needed donations, plan meetings and appointments, and occasionally meet clients who come to our office. Soon I will plan our annual Staff Retreat for some great team building and reconnecting.

The exciting role of Gala Coordinator is taking hold as we prepare for our first ever Virtual Gala! Our team is working on new, inventive ways to share the mission of NOVA HTI through an online experience."

#thankful #getinvolved #TeamNOVAHTI #spotlight

Today is #ThankfulThursday and we wanted to give a huge thank you to Michelle Abate and the many people who helped donat...
06/18/2020

Today is #ThankfulThursday and we wanted to give a huge thank you to Michelle Abate and the many people who helped donate! ✨

Giving bags of amazing gifts; including a tote bag, towel, journal, pen & summer nail polish to our wonderful survivors.

Here is Michelle with our Resource Center Manager, Theressa Ruckstuhl. We are so grateful for your thoughtfulness! Thank you!

One of the greatest ways to help fight back against human trafficking in the Virginia area and nationwide is to educate ...
06/16/2020
Five Ways to Educate Yourself about Human Trafficking in Under Ten Minutes — NOVA-HTI

One of the greatest ways to help fight back against human trafficking in the Virginia area and nationwide is to educate yourself and others. Below are five resources to help you join the fight against human trafficking. #educateyourself #endhumantrafficking #championsforfreedom #novahti

https://bit.ly/5waystoeducateyourself

When people hear the words, “human trafficking,” they perhaps think of faraway places beyond the borders of their own state, perhaps even beyond the borders of their own country. The term is used to reference a horrible reality that is distant from them. However, they couldn’t be more wrong. H...

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department ...
06/15/2020
Warrenton man arrested for ‘sextortion’ scheme involving minor children

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.

https://www.fauquier.com/news/warrenton-man-arrested-for-sextortion-scheme-involving-minor-children/article_d2cf99ba-ad06-11ea-a039-67e796a07873.html

A Warrenton man was arrested Friday, June 12 for his alleged role in a sextortion scheme involving minor children, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern

06/12/2020
polarisproject.org

Incredible statistics put out by Polaris during the time of Covid, before and after shelter in place. "When comparing post-shelter-in-place time with pre-shelter-in-place time in 2019 and 2020, the number of crisis trafficking situations increased by more than 40 percent"

https://bit.ly/polariscovidcrisis

With screen time up 50% for kids, talking about online safety is important—it’s also hard. Here’s how to get started. #p...
06/11/2020
Keeping your kids safe online in the age of COVID: Usable tips for parents | Thorn

With screen time up 50% for kids, talking about online safety is important—it’s also hard. Here’s how to get started. #prevention #KeepKidsSafeOnline #beintheknow

https://www.thorn.org/blog/keeping-your-kids-safe-online-in-the-age-of-covid-usable-tips-for-parents/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=grooming_teaser

As a parent, I’m concerned. Not only am I worried about my family’s health in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic, but I’m figuring out how to run a school out of my dining room, learning how to work with...

"Instacart and DoorDash have collaborated with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to provide resources and hotli...
06/05/2020
How Instacart and DoorDash are Helping Sex Trafficking and Domestic Violence Victims During COVID-19

"Instacart and DoorDash have collaborated with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to provide resources and hotlines for victims of these abuses on their apps.

These messages and resources are potentially life-saving to victims who may use the app, and they are particularly important during this time when the number of outreach efforts to both sex trafficking and domestic violence victims have declined due to the pandemic."

https://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/dignity-defense-alert-how-instacart-and-doordash-are-helping-sex-trafficking-and-domestic-violence-victims-during-covid-19/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ncose

NCOSE is proud to recognize Instacart and DoorDash for their efforts to help sex trafficking and domestic violence victims during COVID-19.

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Just saw this in the Washington Post? Curious, if you were inviated and if you are going.
Your, and other, organizations are doing a great job getting the word out and educating us about how to identify human trafficking and where to reach out for help. QUESTION: what is being done to remove the "market" for the these children who are slaves to the sex trade? This is taking place in our communities, as you point out in the programs you present. To me, that means there are people we see about town (perhaps men we know) who keep this "business" going by patronizing it. I have not heard about the law pursuing those who pay for the use of someone for sex. Is it against the law to procure sex? (at all) or with a minor? Thanks for any info you can give on this.
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As a remote employee, one of my daily distractions is having soaps in the background for an hour break. I find it interesting that The Young and the Restless is currently addressing human sex trafficking as one of its story lines. Great awareness participation by the network.
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Free issue on Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery (Ed, Siddharth Kara): http://www.cogitatiopress.com/socialinclusion/issue/view/63
Celebrating the 6th anniversary of what became NoVA HTI. Shown below is the team commissioned by the Loudoun Pastors Consortium (LPC) who issued recommendations on 'gaps' that churches were uniquely positioned to fill.
Great talk at Reston Bible Church about the prevalence of human trafficking in the Northern Virginia area, and things we all can do to combat this terrible problem victimizing so many people.