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About Justice Defense Fund


The Justice Defense Fund (JDF) is a non-partisan, non-religious organization dedicated to empowering survivors of sex trafficking, child sexual abuse material (previously known as “child pornography”) and image-based sexual abuse to pursue justice through sustainable, strategic litigation funding. We also advocate for the adoption of laws that prevent sexual abuse and provide recourse to victims.

JDF Leadership


Laila Mickelwait
Laila Mickelwait
Founder, CEO

Laila Mickelwait is the Founder and CEO of the Justice Defense Fund and the Founder of the global Traffickinghub movement supported by millions around the world. She has been combating the injustice of sex trafficking for over a decade and is a leading expert in the field.

In addition, Laila is guiding the development of a safe home and women’s empowerment program for vulnerable young women aging out of the orphanage system in Haiti through New Reality International, an organization she founded in 2007 that holds special consultative status with the United Nations.

The #Traffickinghub movement that Laila continues to lead, is a decentralized global effort to hold Pornhub, the 10th most visited website in the world, and the largest pornography website in the world, accountable for enabling and profiting from the sex trafficking and criminal sexual exploitation of countless victims. The Traffickinghub petition has been signed by over 2.2 million people from 192 countries. The effort is endorsed by over 300 organizations and the impact of the movement has been covered in thousands of media pieces globally.


Justice Defense Fund Special Advisory Group


JDF understands that collaboration is critical. Building and maintaining strategic partnerships is a core value of JDF. We have built a strong alliance of policy experts, lawmakers, attorneys, advocates, academics, and survivors in order to achieve success.


Partner Attorneys


JDF partners with leading attorneys both domestically and internationally who have a passion for eradicating sex trafficking, child sexual abuse material, and image-based sexual abuse, and the skills necessary to successfully litigate cases on behalf of survivors. JDF supports the cases of partner attorneys with litigation consultation and funding.


Invest in Justice


JDF empowers high-capacity donors and impact investors to sustainably support strategic civil litigation. Contact us to learn how you can make a difference via strategic litigation funding at invest@justicedefensefund.org


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Justice Defense Fund Founder/CEO, Laila Mickelwait’s work and the impact of her advocacy have been covered in thousands of media pieces globally. Here are just a few:

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