The Global Center for Women and Justice recognizes the dignity of all people and strives to provide trauma-informed, survivor-centered research and education. In all communications, men, women, and children should feel comfortable with and valued by what we present, share on social media, and distribute.
- Presentations should follow evidence-based methodologies. During these interactive sessions, skills or concepts are taught, demonstrated, or explored.
- All communication should use language that recognizes the dignity and value of persons affected by sexual exploitation as fellow daughters and sons who bear God’s image.
- In stories and presentations, do not use the actual name or location of the victim. Only the country may be identified.
- Only share stories of persons who have given their permission.
- Never share personal addresses and contact information of survivors.
- Photos or video of people or children from other organizations, even those not in direct care, are not to be used without permission or posted on social media.
- Do not obscure, blur, or blacken faces in photos to meet the aforementioned criteria.
- The exception to this policy on photos and videos is when survivors themselves choose to share their stories and photos for the sake of raising awareness to prevent others from becoming victims of exploitation.
- It is recommended that survivors wait at least two years before agreeing to use personal info or photos to allow time for recovery.
- Specific to children – U.S. laws do not allow photos and personal info of victims of crime to be publicly used. However, many organizations go overseas where there are no laws to protect child victims. The spirit of the law holds us to protect children anywhere, not just at home.