WHAT YOU CAN DO
See the film
I AM JANE DOE, which opened in select theaters, is now available for special screenings, events, and fundraising. Please email [email protected] or call 781-239-7000 and we can help arrange all logistics. The film is also available on Netflix, iTunes, Vimeo, Google Play, Amazon, and DVD. 50% of all profits from this project will be donated back to support services and prevention efforts for child sex trafficking.
SIGN a CHANGE.ORG PETITION
Nacole and Dr. Oz have launched a Change.org petition, asking the tech community to step forward and support the children who have been fighting for justice. The tech community, particularly Google, has been funding groups who are actively involved in Backpage’s legal defense. Please sign this petition and circulate among your networks. Please also see this clip from Google’s annual shareholder’s meeting, where Google executives responded to Nacole’s question: CLIP.
CONTACT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Consumer Watchdog, a public interest group in California, published a letter online asking members of Congress to take a decisive stand against child sex trafficking. Using their online form, you can send an email to your representative with one click. Consumer Watchdog also published a blistering 49-page report on Google’s backing of Backpage and sent a letter to Google executives demanding change.
A new piece of bipartisan legislation which responds to the issues raised in I AM JANE DOE has recently been introduced in the House of Representatives by Ann Wagner (R-Missouri). A Senate version is also underway on a bipartisan basis. Please go to Democracy.io, enter your address, and write to your Representatives and Senators a letter to make them aware of the 1st Circuit ruing in the Doe v. Backpage case. Consider this template: “Dear Member of Congress; Children are advertised for commercial sex on Backpage, which, according to a Senate Report, is the market leader for sex ads. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reports that 73% of all its cases of online child-sex trafficking have occurred on Backpage. Several of these child victims have filed lawsuits against Backpage seeking to determine the extent of Backpage’s liability for this harm. However, most of these cases have been dismissed under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from third party content. However, in Doe v. Backpage, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that even if Backpage had engaged in criminal activity by participating in and profiting from child-sex trafficking, Section 230 still required the case to be dismissed. The judges in the case specifically said that the children needed a legislative remedy. Meaning that Section 230 needs to be reviewed and amended to make it clear that judges can not dismiss lawsuits where the publisher is alleged to have engaged in criminal conduct. We do not understand how it can be legal in the United States to host advertisements of children for sale. Please support an amendment to Section 230.”
Consider tweeting support of the current House members who have joined Ann Wagner: Representatives Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Ed Royce (R-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Martha Roby (R-AL), and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS).
CONTACT THE LARGEST DONORS TO THE CDT
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology, two high profile internet freedom groups, have publicly embraced and defended Backpage. They have also actively intervened in the cases filed by the Jane Doe children, filing briefs in support of Backpage. Technology companies are the primary donors of both organizations. In 2014, the largest donor to the CDT was Google (but other significant donors include Facebook and Microsoft). Meaning that the funds from these companies are going to support Backpage (against the Jane Doe children). Consider writing letters to the CEOs of these companies asking them to (a) disavow the intervention by the EFF and CDT in these lawsuits filed by the children, and (b) discuss legislative changes to Section 230 to incentivize websites to better protect children from online sex trafficking and other online crimes.
Google: Sundar Pichai, CEO. c/o Google, 1600 Apitheatre Parkway, Mountain View CA 94043
Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO. c/o Facebook, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Microsoft: Satya Nadella, CEO. c/o Microsoft, One Microsoft Way, Redmond WA 98502
@MissingKids estimates that 1 out of every 5 underage runaways is sex trafficked. #SpeakOutFightBack www.IamJaneDoeFilm.com
@HHSgov says kids are targeted for trafficking in malls, bus stops, and fast-food restaurants. #SpeakOutFightBack www.IamJaneDoeFilm.com
@MissingKids says that 73% of all suspected child sex trafficking cases have a link to Backpage. #SpeakOutFightBack IamJaneDoeFilm.com
We, too, cherish internet freedom, but need safeguards to protect children from online harm. #SpeakOutFightBack IamJaneDoeFilm.com
Section 230 is different from the 1st Amendment. See more at www.IamJaneDoeFilm.com
The law has not kept pace with evolving technology. #SpeakOutFightBack IAmJaneDoeFilm.com
HELP ERADICATE CHILD-SEX TRAFFICKING
SUSPECTED CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING
If you suspect a child is being sexually exploited or trafficked, please call 1-800-THE-LOST or 1 (888) 373-7888.