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The Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking is a group of committed individuals that educates and engages
our community so that each person can play a role in ending human trafficking.

It will take a community effort to eliminate human trafficking- we invite you to join us. 

Volunteer. Use your unique skills and talents to raise awareness and further the fight against human trafficking. 

Speak Up. Use your voice to influence and strengthen legislation. 

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Donate. Use your resources to help prevent future cases of human trafficking.                    
 

 

Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking hopes to expand reach
by Heidi Sanders
1/08/18



As 2018 kicks off, the Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking hopes to have a bigger impact on the community.

The nonprofit organization, which started in 2011 to educate and provide tools that empower government, businesses, schools and local leaders to take action against human trafficking, is partnering with Seattle Against Slavery to broaden its reach.

“We really wanted to open our umbrella a little more to do more advocacy work, more getting the community mobilized and to collaborate more so we weren’t reproducing the same things everywhere,” FWCAT’s Pam Martin said.

Seattle Against Slavery is a grassroots effort that works to address the root causes of sex and labor trafficking, while advocating for the rights of survivors through education, advocacy and collaboration with local and national partners.

Martin and Brenda Oliver, FWCAT’s executive director, said FWCAT’s mission isn’t changing with the new partnership.

“It gives us a bigger reach,” Martin said. “We will only benefit from their expertise.”

As a part of the partnership, Seattle Against Slavery has hired Claudia Lawrence as a community mobilization director to run FWCAT. [More]
 

Backpage.com Settles Sex Trafficking Lawsuit
Thank you Attorny Erik Bauer
10/02/17

The website Backpage.com has settled a sex trafficking lawsuit brought by three girls who alleged they were sold for sex in the “escort” section of the website.  Trial in the case was scheduled to begin next week in Pierce County, Washington.

Filed in 2012, the plaintiffs alleged they were between 13 and 15 years old when they were advertised for sex on Backpage.com.  Each of the plaintiffs claimed a sex trafficker paid Backpage.com a small fee to post their sex ads in the “escort” section of the website.

In their complaint, the plaintiffs alleged the website should be held liable because it “knowingly developed a nationwide online marketplace for illicit commercial sex” and did so “because of the millions of dollars that they generated from the website every month.”  The plaintiffs claimed the website had a practice of “altering ads before publication by deleting words, phrases, and images indicative of criminality” and then “publishing the ‘sanitized ads’ for a fee.”

The lawsuit was the first in the country to defeat the website's argument that it is immune from sex trafficking lawsuits under the Communications Decency Act.  Passed in the mid-1990s to promote the growth of the internet, the CDA gives websites immunity from lawsuits for content posted by third parties.  Both the trial court and the Washington Supreme Court rejected the website’s argument that the CDA protected it from the plaintiffs’ allegations. [More]

 

 

 

January 23, 2018 - Tuesday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
FWCAT Team Meeting
Federal Way, WA - EX3 Ron Sandwith Teen Center
February 05, 2018 - Monday
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Break The Chains 5K Planning Meeting
Federal Way, WA - Courtyard by Marriott in Federal Way
February 27, 2018 - Tuesday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
FWCAT Team Meeting
Federal Way, WA - EX3 Ron Sandwith Teen Center
March 27, 2018 - Tuesday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
FWCAT Community Meeting TBD
Federal Way, WA - EX3 Ron Sandwith Teen Center
May 19, 2018 - Saturday
9:00 AM - 12.00 PM
Break the Chains 6th Annual 5K
Federal Way, WA - FW Farmers Market
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