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Sex Trafficking in the USA – Speaker Series 02/27/14, 12:30pm

Did you know you don’t have to be transported anywhere to be “trafficked”? That human trafficking happens all over the world, to people from countries all over the world, including right here in the United States? Visit the event page for full details on tickets! And join the Facebook event page to receive updates and speaker profiles!

Join usfor a TEDx style event discussing the complexities and nuances of human trafficking in the United States. Learn about warning signs, what you as a good samaritan can do, and the extent and scope of the human trafficking happening right here in our own backyards. Coffee and light refreshments available during event, and cocktail hour with speakers follows event for all attendees. TICKETS REQUIRED.

Date: February 27, 2014

Time: 12:30 to 5:30 pm 

Location: Shusterman Hall, Temple University (1801 N Broad Street)

Food: coffee, light refreshments, and cocktail reception after the event

Tickets: $10 at door; for continuing legal education credits, $100 ticket.

The talks are designed to discuss various aspects of human trafficking in nuanced detail and from multiple perspectives. Some talks will indirectly converse with one another and provide for fruitful discussion during the discussion breaks, at which speakers will be present, mingling with the audience members.

Visit the event web page for a full schedule, and stay tuned for posts introducing each of our speakers, their fields of expertise, and the topics about which they will be speaking. But, grab your ticket today!

Experts from service professionals, survivors of trafficking, to attorneys and law enforcement officers, will provide compelling and engaging talks about their work. This conference will focus exclusively on domestic human trafficking within the United States, including perspectives from survivors, clinicians who work with the johns, and law enforcement officials detailing the investigative side of these cases and the overlap in content and issues with other gender-based violence issues. Speakers will also delve into nuances experienced in the LGBTQ communities and the trafficking of native women.

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 Temple University Beasley School of Law  

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 Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event. Discounted rates available for students. Attorneys seeking CLE credit must buy the CLE ticket, non profit and government attorneys can pay the discounted CLE rate. This conference will provide 4 substantive CLE credits, and no ethics credits. For CLE questions, please contact Farlistcity T. El at (215) 204-1073 or email at All other questions, please contact HollabackPHILLY at




  1. Rochelle Keyhan (Director, HollabackPHILLY and Director, Feminist Public Works)

  2. TED talk: Margaret Heffernan, The Dangers of “Willful Blindness”.


  1. Jen Horowitz: Women’s Way: Human Trafficking: the extent of the problem and attempted solutions in the United States

  2. Jack O’Neill: Philadelphia District Attorney: How They Got There: dispelling myths about prostitution and sex trafficking

  3. Lynly Egyes (Staff Attorney, Sex Workers Project, NYC): The Hidden Truth: How Our Policies and Practices are Hurting Trafficking Victims

  • 20 minute refreshment and discussion break


  1. Tina Frundt (Founder of Courtney’s House, Service Organization): Sex trafficking in the US: a survivor’s perspective.

  2. Maryanne Layden (Director of Education, Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania): Clinical perspective and experience working with Johns.

  • 20 minute refreshment and discussion break


  1. Daniel Velez (Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsyslvania): The Federal Response to Human Trafficking –This talk not available for Livestream.

  2. Jen Long (Director, Aequitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women): The importance of an effective response to gender-based violence that sees violence against a woman in prostitution as just as worthy of a strong response as a victim of human trafficking.

  3. Sarah Deer (Victim advocacy legal specialist, Tribal Law & Policy Institute, St. Paul.: Trafficking of Native Women and Tribal Court Systems.

  • 20 minute refreshment and discussion break


  1. Jen Horowitz: Women’s Way: Organizational and Policy Responses to Human Trafficking in Pennsylvania.

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Streets To Call Our Own Kickstarter and Call for Participants

A new documentary is in the works on street harassment activism, and HollabackPHILLY is a guest star! The director of the documentary is looking for people to interview for the documentary – check out her message below and be a part of history!
Streets to Call Our Own
From Kara:
Hi everyone! My name is Kara Lieff and I am working on my senior thesis film at Temple University, a short documentary called Streets To Call Our Own.  My documentary focuses on the anti-street harassment efforts in Philadelphia and people’s personal experiences with street harassment.  I am currently seeking participants (of ALL genders, sexual orientations, backgrounds, races, ages, etc.) for interviews and on-location filming of street harassment spots.  Has a particular experience of street harassment really stuck with you?  Was there a time when you were really scared or spoke up as a bystander? Did an incident significantly change your route or your life?  If you would like to be a part of my senior thesis film, please e-mail me at  Please also check out my Kickstarter campaign and share with people who are interested in this topic or want to be involved!  You can view the campaign here:  Thank you so much! – Kara Lieff, Temple University ’14

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Monika’s Story: A Shout-Out for Sequins

It was still light out, but I was already dressed in a sequined top and black mini skirt for an early dinner event. As I stepped out of my apartment, I planned the walking route to my friend’s house. No, don’t cross over to South Street quite yet—avoid the group of men that’s always hanging around outside that pizza place, staring.

Then I looked up and saw a pair of men unloading construction materials from a truck up onto the sidewalk ahead. I sighed and kept my gaze forward, bracing myself for unwanted attention, suddenly very aware of my exposed legs. As I passed I felt eyes on me. “Hey!” he called out. I turned in spite of myself. “I really like your shirt!” A thumbs up. “Cool!”
“Thank you!” I hollered back, smiling. How good it felt to receive an appropriate comment while walking down the street disarmed me. Is it that uncommon to be addressed by a male stranger and feel ok about it? Yes, it is.
But being on the receiving end of such attention is encouraging; it turns out there are men capable of complimenting women in a non-threatening way that makes them feel both safe and even good about themselves. We need more of this.


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Melissa’s Story: “Dear man in truck…”

Dear man in truck,

I am taking down my Halloween decorations, fully clothed, and in a scarf. Your “nice t*ts” comment does not make me want to sleep with you or marry you or anything else. It just makes you an assh*le. Also, I know they are fabulous, these life-sustaining, giant, luscious boobies, but they are mine.

F off.


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Erin’s Story: “My friend looked so confused and upset.”

A group of teenagers on their bikes came towards my friend and I while we were walking up Broad. One reached out as he passed in an attempt to grope my chest, but I used my elbow to block his hand and push him. “What the fuck is wrong with you?!” They shouted after us.

I was shaken but told them to fuck off and kept walking. My friend looked so confused and upset.


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State of Our Streets: A Report on Street Harassment in Philadelphia

The report of our survey results is finally here! Check out the results below and stay tuned for a recap after today’s City Council hearing! If you can be there, it starts at 10 am in room 491!

Edit: Below the survey results is the compilation of written versions of the testimony delivered today!


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Cosplay =/= CONsent: Costumes aren’t an invitation for Harassment.

HollabackPHILLY released another CNN iReport, this one about our Cosplay =/= CONsent efforts at national comic cons. The below video was pre-screened on October 19 at GeekGirlCon 2013, and now it’s officially available in Site Leader Rochelle Keyhan’s iReport:

The above video is part of HollabackPHILLY’s effort to work with national comic conventions on improving the scope and efficacy of their anti harassment policies and procedures. Sexual harassment at comic conventions has been documented online for the better part of a decade, but most mainstream convention circuits still do not have formal and thorough anti-harassment policies. In the above video, you can see cosplayers’ visceral reactions to our question about how they would feel about conventions adopting formal harassment policies: some loosening the tension in their shoulders, even smiling, at the thought of a convention setting that was set up to be an inclusive and safe space for all fans.


To read the full post about our efforts and the scope and impact of cosplayer harassment, click through!


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HollabackPHILLY’s public policy agenda: Safety Audits and UN Best Practices



Preliminary data from the 357 people (above) who have filled out the survey so far indicate that 334 of them have experienced street harassment in our City in the past year.

City Council Public Hearing on Street Harassment with HollabackPHILLY. Nov. 7, 10 am, City Hall Room 404.

City Council is hosting a public hearing on the problem of street harassment in Philadelphia. HollabackPHILLY is presenting evidence about the scope of the problem in Philadelphia, the type of behavior, and how that behavior impacts the mobility of women and LGBTQ Philadelphians. The goal is to collaborate with City Council on a city-wide, gender-based safety audit to determine what does and does not make Philadelphians feel safe, and what the City can do to improve the conditions for women and LGBTQ folks on Phliadelphia’s sidewalks and streets.

HollabackPHILLY will be presenting data from our survey, user submissions of street harassment, and live testimony of peoples’ experiences with street harassment in Philadelphia. If you are interested in testifying, or being on the list of people present, please email us at If you haven’t yet completed our survey, please do so! If you haven’t shared the survey with your friends and acquaintances, please ask them to take the few minutes to contribute to lasting change in the experience of walking our City’s streets.


Our end goal for this public policy work is to conduct a gender-based safety audit of Philadelphia, to determine what factors contribute to making women and LGBTQ folks feeling unsafe, and what could be done to make them feel safer. Safety Audits are considered a “best practice” by the United Nations for considering gender-based safety in public and urban spaces.

We have been advised by the Huairou Commission, a United Nations affiliated NGO, and HollabackPHILLY Director, Rochelle Keyhan, spoke at their parallel meeting to the United Nations 57th Annual Commission on the Status of Women this past March 2013. For more information on Safety Audits visit the UN Habitat page on safety audits. We will be using the Jagori Handbook for the safety audit.


Have you been street harassed, or witnessed it? If you have, share your story today and help break the silence surrounding gender-based violence. Help us re-write reality so we can change it!


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L and S’s Story: Harassed on the way home at night.

We were coming home late from a party. As I parked, my friend got out of the car. I heard someone trying to hit on her. She replied “Hi, sorry, not interested”. When I got out of the car I saw it was a car with two guys, stopped in the middle of the road. I said “Leave my fucking girlfriend alone” and they said “Yeah, you’re right we should have paid attention to you.” We rushed down the block to her apartment.


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Nikki’s Story: She stands up to a serial street harasser near Rittenhouse Square.

photo 3I was walking with my dog through the Farmers Market on Saturday at Rittenhouse Square, which happened to be a gorgeous warm Fall day, naturally there were plenty of people out. A man in a bright yellow vest yelled at some young girls, maybe 12-14 in age, walking in front of me “A $1 for the homeless.” When none of them looked up and kept walking, he yelled “F*** you, I don’t need your dollar, a** holes.” I turned and told him it is completely inappropriate for him to say that to anyone. He goes “F*** you, b****.” I said, “you know,  last week you asked me if I had a boyfriend and I just kept walking, ignoring you and didn’t say anything. It’s not ok to talk to people that way!” He goes “What? I don’t want you, you ugly, you look like my dog. Get away from me.”

I called the police as did another man who was telling him to “just calm down”. Since several people watched this happen, two girls from one of the fruit stands asked me if I was ok and told me I could stand with them while I waited for the police. Since the stand was not that far from the guy, he kept yelling and waving at me and then seemed to be pretending to laugh at me, while pointing and jumping around. I thought this was a good time to take photos to send to the organization he works for and for my own documentation. He yelled some more-stuff like “ew, you look like my dog, you smelly, go away”. We waited for at least 20 minutes for the police. Of course, he saw them coming and they did not catch him. I was however able to contact the organization he works for, One Step Away. I sent them a detailed story and photos and they promised to handle it and understood that this person would likely recognize me if he saw me again. I will be following up with them.


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