My First 30 Days as a Product Manager at Thorn

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Over a year ago, I was introduced to a video highlighting the issue of sex trafficking in my home base of Portland, Oregon. A few minutes in, I recognized areas shown that were not too far from where I lived. I was in disbelief that this was happening practically in my backyard when my picture of what human trafficking looked like was similar to a scene out of Taken. I continued to watch the video as victims shared their stories, most leading normal lives until they met their trafficker. It was then that I knew I wanted to be part of the solution. Read More

Human Trafficking Policy: The Latest From DC

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Thorn kicked off our work in DC with a bang — with a testimony from our co-founder’s before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. We may be the new kids on the block, but we have some big goals to educate policymakers about leveraging technology to address child sexual abuse. These past few months, we’ve learned a ton and we plan on sharing those insights regularly with you, our supporters. Here’s what’s top of mind in human trafficking policy for us at the moment. Read More

Fight Child Sexual Exploitation Today: Be an Advocate

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Here at Thorn, one part of our work is equipping law enforcement with the technology they need to help identify children exploited through sex trafficking or child sexual abuse imagery faster. This work would not be possible without the policies that protect child victims and hold perpetrators accountable. As our Strategy and Operations Director, Brooke Istook, shared earlier this year, you can start addressing these issues right where you live—by learning about the laws in your country, state, or city. Read More

Why I Donate My Time to Thorn

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Shari Benko, User Experience Design Lead at Intel, joined us last week at Facebook Global Security HQ for the two-day Child Safety Hackathon. Employees from Intel, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Domino Data Lab, and more, came together for the second year in a row to help develop cutting edge solutions in the fight against child sexual exploitation. Taking two days away from her work, Shari shares her motivation to combine her skills, empathy and passion to help move our projects forward. Read More

My First 30 Days as a Policy and Development Manager at Thorn

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I never quite imagined that I’d be escorting Ashton Kutcher around Capitol Hill.  Three weeks into working at Thorn I had our whole team in tow, zig zagging from office to office, sharing Thorn’s mission with interested Senators. Walking home that night from the Senate Office Buildings in D.C. I was pinching myself. Did that just happen? After weeks of planning, Thorn’s Co-Founder testified about our work in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and everything went great. Read More

Technology and Thorn Are Playing a Critical Role in Addressing Child Sexual Exploitation

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The following guest post was written by Ernie Allen, a recent addition to Thorn’s Board of Directors. His leadership, dedication, inspiration and ongoing work to protect children across the globe continue to push us forward.

Throughout my career I have worked closely with technology leaders. For more than three decades I have seen the power of technology firsthand and how it has changed every aspect of our lives, including the way we search for missing children, identify those who prey upon children, and keep children safe. Yet, there is a dark side. Technology also facilitates the exploitation of children. We have to change that. Read More