State Report Cards


How is your state doing against the challenge of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking?  

Under Shared Hope’s Protected Innocence Challenge, every state receives a Report Card that grades the state on 6 Areas of Law that must be addressed in order to effectively  respond to the crime of domestic minor sex trafficking.

With the release of each year’s report, Shared Hope also produces a complete toolkit of resources, and offers individual consultations to assist legislators in crafting strong laws in their state.  To get a customized toolkit with state-specific resources, or to request a consultation with our policy staff, email Sarah Bendtsen, Shared Hope Policy Counsel at [email protected].


Click on the map (left) to see how your state is doing! 


  • National State Law Surveys – These surveys identify state-by-state enactment of laws satisfying a specific component of the Protected Innocence Challenge Legislative Framework, providing a snapshot of the nation overall in a chart.
  • Legal Analysis and Recommendations – These reports identify the key issues for your state and recommendations for addressing legislative gaps.


Shared Hope International is dedicated to bringing an end to sex trafficking through our three-pronged approach – prevent, restore, and bring justice. We provide comprehensive research, expert testimony, coalition support, and advocacy initiatives to strengthen trafficking laws and build better policies to protect victims and prosecute traffickers, buyers, and facilitators.