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Child Pornography Victims Demand Justice

We are the Phoenix 11

We are the Phoenix 11

11 survivors of child sexual abuse and child sexual abuse material that in most cases has been distributed on the Internet.

Today, we speak for a collective of survivors—many of whom will never be identified or ever have their voices heard.

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The Children of Pornhub

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Yesterday, award winning New York Times opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof published a hard-hitting piece on the prevalence of child pornography on Pornhub.Although a powerful coalition of organizations from the Electronic Frontier Foundation to the Council on Foreign Relations to Human Rights Watch, Brookings, the ACLU and Americans for Prosperity continue to vigorously oppose any regulation of Big Tech (who are often their largest donors), the people and the politic are finally engaged in addressing online child exploitation. For our clients and others like them, meaningful change cannot come soon enough.

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Revised Earn It Act Removes Section 230 Impunity for Child Sex Abuse Material

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In a dramatic and groundbreaking markup of the proposed Earn It Act of 2020, tomorrow the Senate Judiciary Committee will revise S. 3398 to carve out child sex abuse material from the almost 25-year exemption from civil liability provided by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.Section 230 of the CDA has operated as a sword rather than a shield and has been consistently interpreted by the courts as providing broad blanket immunity from all civil liability for any activity related to child pornography. This precedent has created an absolute bar for any child ...

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The EARN IT Act: Holding the Tech Industry Accountable in the Fight Against Online Child Sexual Exploitation

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On March 11, 2020, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on the proposed EARN IT Act. Here is the video of the hearing and the witness statements.

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Graham, Blumenthal, Hawley, Feinstein Introduce EARN IT Act to Encourage Tech Industry to Take Online Child Sexual Exploitation Seriously

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-California) recently introduced bipartisan legislation to encourage the tech industry to take online child sexual exploitation seriously. The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act) would create incentives for companies to “earn” liability protection for violations of laws related to online child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

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Child Abusers Run Rampant as Tech Companies Look the Other Way

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Ten years ago, the Marsh Law Firm began representing two of the girls profiled in this article, E. and F. At the time, the entire family was confused and traumatized. The girls were under a great deal of stress. The criminal justice and child welfare system had no idea how to help and often unnecessarily re-traumatized them. After a decade of struggle and setbacks, they have all emerged as powerful voices for recognition and change. To my great surprise they volunteered for this story and I was incredibly impressed and moved by their transformation from victims into advocates.

This is an impressive profile over one year in the making. The reporters did an amazing job and were sensitive to our clients throughout the process. Thanks to The New York Times for shining a light on this darkness and for giving hope to the innumerable girls and boys who will never get to tell their story.

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The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong?

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Unprecedented reporting by The New York Times discussing the nation's response (and lack of response) to the online exploitation of children. Marsh Law Firm has been working with the Times for over a year on this story. Part II will feature our clients' personal stories. Mandatory (if not difficult) reading for everyone concerned about children, human rights, and the lack of accountability of the government and technology companies for protecting these victims.

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