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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Partnering to Protect Victims of Trafficking

October 03, 2016

In 2014, we were heard about a case in which child-sex trafficking victims filed a civil action against Backpage.com and related defendants alleging that defendants caused the victims to suffer damages by knowingly promoting online and consipiring with commercial sex traffickers to facilitate child sex trafficking. Since that time we have filed amicus briefs in multiple jurisdictions. In September of 2016, we were involved in two amicus filings urging the United States Supreme Court to hear the case. In the filings we argued that Backpage’s position that it is immune from civil suit under the Commercial Decency Act is a misinterpretation of the law and that the federal laws designed to protect trafficking victims, particularly child-victims, must prevail. Click here to read one of the briefs.

We were grateful to partner with co-amici Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Covenant House International, Demand Abolition, ECPAT-USA, Girls Education & Mentoring Services, My Life My Choice of Justice Resource Institute, Rights4Girls, Sanctuary for Families and Shared Hope International.

The petition for certiorari review has been flagged as a petition to watch, follow the case on the Scotusblog