Season 2, Ep. 1 – Missing Kids: A Journey to Bring Kids Home – Part 1

In the debut episode of the MARISOL NICHOLS PODCAST SEASON 2, Callahan Walsh, Executive Director of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), opens up about the organization’s poignant origins.

Learn how his parents turned a personal tragedy into a nationwide movement that is NCMEC today. Discover NCMEC’s unwavering commitment to preventing child abductions, finding missing children, and combating exploitation, inspiring hope in countless lives.

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Season 2, Ep. 2 – Defending Childhood: Ensuring the Safety of Children

In the second episode of the MARISOL NICHOLS PODCAST SEASON 2, Callahan Walsh shares the impactful efforts of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to reunite children with their families, track down offenders, and ensure the safety of these victims through their Child Victim Identification Program (CVIP).

Join us in an eye-opening episode as CVIP goes above and beyond to help bring vulnerable children home safely by providing invaluable resources and assistance to law enforcement.

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Season 2, Ep. 3 – Social Media & Minors: META’s Protections for Parents & Children

META’s Head of Global Safety, Antigone Davis, pulls back the curtain on how META is combating cyber-trafficking targeting minors. Discover how their Artificial Intelligence (AI) works tirelessly behind the scenes to detect and address policy-violating content.

One significant measure taken by META is the default privacy setting for minors’ Instagram accounts, providing a powerful shield against unwanted message requests from potential online traffickers. This is just one example of their comprehensive online safety measures designed to protect young individuals on popular platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

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Season 2, Ep. 4 – Pro Kids, Pro Bono: Supporting Children Out of Foster Care

Darcy Olsen, founder and CEO of the Center for the Rights of Abused Children, shares her deep connection that led and inspired her to create a safe space for vulnerable children.

Listen as Olsen goes into detail about fighting for the rights of abused and abandoned children. By starting a Pro Bono Children’s Law Clinic, the center advances the legal rights of young people who have been victims of trafficking and guarantees an equal right to legal representation.

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Season 2, Ep. 5 – Seen but Unheard: The Unwanted Film Festival

Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), explores the tragic event that mobilized the organization’s journey in its fight against child sexual exploitation and victimization. Lianna provides an intimate look into the ongoing efforts to reduce the number of victims and prevent such atrocities from happening in the future.

One key highlight of the conversation is the discussion around The Unwanted Film Festival. Lianna explains how this unique platform serves to amplify the voices of victims often shrouded in silence, providing them a space to share their stories and experiences. Furthermore, it aims to raise awareness of the growing rate of CSAM found on the internet and the lifelong impact this material has had on survivors. Learn more about the festival here –

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Season 2, Ep. 6 – Rights4Girls: Dignity, Rights, and Safety

Yasmin Vafa, human rights attorney and co-founder and executive director of #Rights4Girls, offers an unflinching look at the policies that unjustly criminalize girls who’ve endured abuse.

In 2015, #Rights4Girls and survivor activist T Ortiz Walker Pettigrew initiated the “No Such Thing” campaign, emphasizing that child victims of rape are not “child prostitutes.” This successful campaign has altered language and laws in several states to prevent the criminalization of exploited children.

The organization also creates key publications highlighting crucial issues affecting young women and girls, especially the marginalized. Their unique research reveals these often-overlooked experiences and suggests tailored solutions.

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