PRESS

“The real heroes are the Jane Does who are courageously pursuing this, and who motivate us. It’s not just happening in the Philippines. It’s happening here, in every strata.” – Tad Friend,  The New Yorker

“Too often documentaries that take on the darkest topics are demoralizing at best and exploitative at worst. Without skirting the issue, the Jessica Chastain-narrated I AM JANE DOE (now playing in select cities) upends the familiar narrative surrounding child sex trafficking to become a gripping legal thriller.” ” – Esquire Magazine

“Federal judges were interpreting a law to basically say it’s legal to host advertisements for children? This is the United States of America! What the F?…”  – Julia Felsenthal, Vogue Magazine

NBC Nightly News anchor Kate Snow reports about I AM JANE DOE on NBC Nightly News, Sunday February 12.  Segment begins at 16:30.

“Sold for Sex: Underage Trafficking Victim Shares how She was Saved from Abuse in New Documentary.” – People Magazine Series with Part 1: People Magazine,  Part 2:  People Magazine, and Part 3:  People Magazine

“In “I Am Jane Doe,” filmmaker Mary Mazzio reveals the sordid world of underage sex trafficking, specifically as it pertains to young women who were forced into prostitution, their “services” made available on the online classified site Backpage.com…   I am observing the self-evident fact that film has exceptional — maybe even unique — power to shape and inform our norms, expectations and desires. That might be the chief reason it matters so much who makes them…” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

I Am Jane Doe opens in theaters next month and shines a light on Backpage as “the Walmart of human trafficking.” – Nicholas Kristof,  The New York Times

“a very sobering story” – BBC News Radio Interview with Writer/Director Mary Mazzio

“There are two outrages at the investigative heart of I Am Jane Doe: the horrifying truth that a market in child sex trafficking is thriving, and the persistence of a legal loophole that protects the websites where children are sold…a clear eyed and pressing work of advocacy journalism…” – Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

“especially impressive – a powerful piece of work”  – Ben Dickinson, Elle Magazine

“I am Jane Doe takes the viewer on a dizzying journey…. Sebastien Malo,  Reuters

I AM JANE DOE featured in the February issue of WHAT TO WATCH section of Cosmo Magazine

” a viscerally emotional case for a common-sense reassessment of the law… “I Am Jane Doe” offers a gut-wrenching reminder that there are certain rocks we ignore at our peril… – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“a riveting documentary…Our work is not over. ” – Op-Ed by Senator Rob Portman in The Toledo Blade

CBSMorning reports on the on-going controversy of Backpage and the upcoming release of I AM JANE DOE

“This striking, powerful and up-to-the-minute documentary about sex trafficking on the website Backpage enlists a deep bench of heavy-hitting politicos, journalists, victims and advocates to make its moral message…..” – Chris Barsanti, The Film Journal

“Seattle plays an uncomfortably large role in “I Am Jane Doe,” a powerful new documentary about the prostitution of underage children… The writer-director, Mary Mazzio, demonstrates a profound empathy with her subjects…”- John Hartyl,  The Seattle Times

Newsweek reports on the shuttering of Backpage and the release of I AM JANE DOE.

“Doe” becomes a portrait of American avarice, the corruption of the First Amendment and a cautionary tale to parents.. – Tom Meek, WBUR

Cindy McCain speaks with Soledad O’Brien on Matter of Fact about I AM JANE DOE and director Mary Mazzio is featured further discussing the issues of the film during a web extra.

Senator Rob Portman talks with Kate Snow on MSNBC about the Senate Backpage investigation, human trafficking and I AM JANE DOE.

“Director Mary Mazzio combines the riveting story of those legal battles along with moving testimonies from sex trafficking survivors…  I Am Jane Doe serves as an equally powerful, enraging and poignant exposé of underage sex trafficking, a human rights issue that’s right under our noses here in America…   a vital wake-up call that should be mandatory viewing for every high school student. – Avi Offer, The NYC Movie Guru

“For Sara and parents like her, victory will come only when the law will no longer enable websites to profit from the sale of their children…” – Janelle Nanos,  The Boston Globe Magazine

“it is important and, because it’s well made and thorough, it is very, very effective.  GRADE A+…”Sheldon Wiebe, Eclipse Magazine

“a powerful film…”- Daphne Howland, The Village Voice

Interview with Mary Mazzio and Carol Robles-Roman on The Leonard Lopate Show

Director Mary Mazzio discusses the terrifying scope of child sex trafficking with Women and Hollywood.

“The Citizen recommends I AM JANE DOE… a complicated, heartwrenching and necessary story about young girls sucked into the world of sex trafficking… the movie is difficult to watch; infuriating and agonizing, it shows an underside of American culture that does not deliver easy solutions” – Roxanne Patel Shepalavy, The Philadelphia Citizen

“We are all Jane Doe… – Tom Lowery, The Huffington Post

“Mary Mazzio’s documentary “I Am Jane Doe” is a whirlwind primer on the case of Backpage, a classified ads website with a serious problem…  a powerful call to action to protect children over profit.” – Katie Walsh, The Los Angeles Times

 “important… lucidly presented…” – Peter Rainer,  Christian Science Monitor

“This wrenching film is going to leave you fighting mad…” – Betsy Bozdech,  Common Sense  

“What happens in shocking …” – Meghna Chakrabarti, Radio Boston

“Don’t miss this important film…”  – Sister Rose Pacatte, The National Catholic Reporter

“hard hitting” – Tirdad Derakhshani, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Press Play with Madeleine Brand  with Mary Mazzio and Emma Llanso of the CDT.

Femi Oke and Al Jazeera interview Kubiiki Pride, Mary Mazzio and others to discuss the issue of online child sex trafficking.  The Stream

Backpage.com’s ability to carry on operating as usual is “a collective failing of all of us”… – Rohan Smith, News.com.au

“riveting…” – Georgianna Presecky, The Hot Pink Pen

“When Citizen asked FACESS (Freeing American Children from Exploitation and Sexual Slavery)—a faith-based nonprofit in California that runs a rehabilitation center for rescuees—how many of the girls on its campus had been sold through Backpage, the answer was simple.  Every single one.” – Karla Dial, Citizen Magazine

“If you’re coming at me, I’m coming at you… and I’m bringing all my friends, too…” – Hillary von Schroeter,  Wellesley Townsman

NECN reports on I AM JANE DOE.

“Chilling documentary reveals stories of child sex slave trafficking”The New York Post

“Mazzio’s ‘Jane Doe’ Shines a Light on Child Sex Trafficking” – Stephen Schaefer, The Boston Herald

I am Jane Doe takes on child sex-trafficking, Backpage…” – Fox News LA

“a wonderful new documentary… it is a film all women need to see..” – Perri Peltz, The Perri Peltz Show

Senator Rob Portman issues this press release prior to the launch of I AM JANE DOE

Senator Claire McCaskill issues this press release about I AM JANE DOE.

The Filtered Excellence – What to Watch

“How victims of sex trafficking took down Backpage…” – Zoey Maraist, Catholic Herald

The DailyMail UK reports on Kubiiki Pride and the release of I AM JANE DOE

Mary Mazzio speaks with Hannah Scott, KIRO Radio Desk Editor, and is featured on MyNorthwest.com

“Ohio Senator Featured in New Documentary” published in Columbus Business Journals

Hollywood on the Potomac covers the Washington D.C. premiere of I AM JANE DOE, hosted by Senator and Cindy McCain, The McCain Institute and Baker & McKenzie

“Gritty film is boosting sex traffic awareness” – Thomson Reuters Foundation News

I am Jane Doe reveals Backpage’s crimes against children” – The Salem-News

Morocco World News comments on I AM JANE DOE and whether website operators should bear responsibility for online harm

The Sagaponack News covers I AM JANE DOE

Kubiiki Pride tells the Arizona Republic, “I am going to keep on going until I find a real change in this.”

I AM JANE DOE featured on ABC 15 Arizona. 

Senator Rob Portman highlights I AM JANE DOE at University of Toledo screening event

“Once you have knowledge of Backpage’s involvement, and you read the Senate report, can you accept any donations from the principals of Backpage in good conscience?” asked Mary Mazzio, quoted in an Arizona Republic article covering political donations made by the founders of Backpage.com.

“The film explores one major obstacle to fighting human trafficking — the mythical and self-justifying notion that the women and children being trafficked are willing sex workers and that buying their services may be seedy, but it isn’t criminal or horrific. It is. It is both.” – Toledo Blade Editorial

I Am Jane Doe Aims to Stop Sex Trafficking” – New York Minute Mag

FEEDBACK

“I was blown away by this film…” – Representative Ann Wagner, at a Caucus Briefing on February 7, 2017, announcing that she was introducing legislation to amend Section 230

“I AM JANE DOE” is an incredibly important film addressing one of the greatest tragedies in our world today.  To anyone who believes sex trafficking is not happening in the US, think again.  To anyone who believes teenagers aren’t being sold via online sites, think again.  I strongly encourage anyone who wants to learn more about human and sex trafficking, and the online dangers that threaten our children today, go see I AM JANE DOE.  Human trafficking is modern day slavery.  It is a global scourge and the fastest growing crime worldwide.  The US and all our international partners must continue to education the world, wake people up to this horror, and fight like crazy to eradicate it from the earth.” – Utah Attorney General, Sean Reyes

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On location in Seattle during the filming of I Am Jane Doe, courtesy 50 Eggs
JS. On location in Seattle during the filming of I AM JANE DOE. (c) 2016 R. Schultz. Courtesy 50 Eggs
MA – 1. On location in New York during the filming of I AM JANE DOE. (c) 2016 R. Schultz. Courtesy 50 Eggs
Jane Doe 3. On location in Boston during the filming of I AM JANE DOE. (c) 2016 R. Schultz. Courtesy of 50 Eggs
Nacole and Tom – parents of JS. On location while filming I AM JANE DOE. (c) 2016 R. Schultz. Courtesy 50 Eggs
Kubiiki Pride, mother of MA – 2. On location in St. Louis during the filming of I AM JANE DOE. (c) 2016 R. Schultz. Courtesy 50 Eggs
Erik Bauer, lawyer for JS. On location in Seattle during the filming of I AM JANE DOE. (c) 2016 R. Schultz. Courtesy of 50 Eggs
John Montgomery – 6, lawyer for Jane Doe. (c) 2016 R. Schulz. Courtesy 50 Eggs
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