Media Contact Information
Are you a member of the media working on a story? CAASE offers subject matter experts for media interviews in many topics related to sexual exploitation. We will get back to you immediately. To schedule your interview, call Leena Saleh 773-244-2230 ext. 203 or email leena@caase.org.

CAASE experts are available for interviews about these subjects and more:

  • Demand for prostitution (the people who buy sex)
  • Commercial sexual exploitation of children
  • Chicago’s sex trafficking problem
  • Community response—steps you can take to fight sexual exploitation.
  • Faith communities and their role in ending sexual exploitation
  • High school—our unique curriculum teaches young men about the harms of sex trafficking
  • Human trafficking
  • Illinois law as it pertains to victims of sexual harm.
  • Pornography and its harms
  • Prostitution and the sex trade
  • Rape victims’ rights
  • Sexual assault and legal options for survivors
  • Sex trafficking

2014

Huffington Post: 11/18/2014 -Harnessing the power of theater for social change

MSNBC: 11/07/2014 -Q & A with Lynne Johnson, Policy Director at CAASE & co-founder of the End Demand Illinois campaign

Skokie Review: 10/21/2014 - Local Jewish women's group takes up fight against sex trafficking

CAN TV: 10/2/2014 - Community Forum Her Story Theater's Shadow Town II: The Johns

Chicago Sun-Times: 9/7/2014 - Not learning from tragic life of Cynthia Barnes would be the real mistake: Mark Brown

Chicago Tribune: 8/27/2014 - Law would fine johns to aid prostituted women

VIDEO: FOX News Chicago: 7/28/2014 - Chicago Aims to Change View on Prostitution

Streetwise: 7/21/2014 - "Shadow Town II" : The Demand Side of Sex Trade

VIDEO: NBC 5 Chicago: 6/2/2014 - Suburban Facility Helps Sex Trafficking Victims

NBC 5 Chicago: 6/2/2014 - Suburban Facility Helps Sex Trafficking Victims

Windy City Times: 5/21/2014 - Letter to the Editor

NBC 5 Chicago: 5/13/2014 - County ordinance show success in targeting johns

WYCC In the Loop PBS Chicago: 5/9/2014 - Sexual assault on college campuses

ABC 7 Chicago: 4/29/2014 - University of Chicago among colleges investigated for mishandling campus sexual assault cases

Chicago Tribune: 4/14/2014 - Prostituted people get jail, not help, in sting

WBEZ: 4/10/2014 - Advocates want specialized services for sex trafficking survivors

Chicago Sun-Times: 4/4/2014 - Protestors rally against sex-work discussion

Chicago Tribune: 4/4/2014 - Amnesty International should not endorse policy to legalize prostitution

Chicago Sun-Times: 4/3/2014 - In Chicago, Amnesty International to debate legalizing sex trade

JUF News: 3/28/2014 - Sex Trafficking in Chicago 'Modern-day slavery'

Chicago Tribune: 3/1/2014 - Victim advocates applaud Craigslist rape verdict

Working In These Times: 2/14/2014 - Advocates Equip Worker Centers in Fight Against Sexual Violence

National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth: 1/22/2014: Q&A: Educating Young Men as a Way to End Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Public News Service: 1/13/2014: Efforts to stop those who fuel the sex trade in Illinois

The Chicago Tribune 1/8/2014: Suspect in attack on girl, 15, walked away in 2 other cases

2013

The Daily Beast 7/24/2013: When Rape Goes Viral

Daily Whale 7/11/2013 Aldermen hold hearing on preventing human trafficking

NBC5 Chicago 6/20/2013 Marion Brooks Investigates the Demand Side of Human Trafficking

Chicago Tribune 6/20/2013 Sexual assault defendant has history of accusations

Chicago Sun-Times 6/14/2013 Play puts audience face to face with horrors of sex trafficking 

Crain's 6/5/2013 A trash can that will make you think

Salon 6/4/2013 Why are we imprisoning prostitutes? 

WBEZ 91.5 5/30/2013 Illinois nixes felony prostitution 

MSN 5/28/2013 Advertisers un-friending Facebook over sexism concerns 

The Daily Beast 5/22/2013 The prostitutes aren't the problem: Targeting the 'johns' 

Fox 32 Chicago 5/8/2013 Fox 32 investigates sex trafficking: Targeting the 'johns' 

WBEZ 91.5 5/7/2013 Shakespeare Theatre brings conversation about sex trafficking to Chicago 

The Jewish Week 4/16/2013 Extent of modern slavery shocked even experts

Times Leader 4/6/2013 Don't blame the victim

Southtown Star 4/1/2013 Ending felony prostitution

Chicago Sun-Times 3/29/2013 End felony charges for prostitution

WREX Rockford 3/22/2013: Some in Winnebago Co. and state say make all prostitution misdemeanors

DNA Info Chicago 3/21/2013: Felony Prostitution Approach Should Be Dropped

Streetwise 2/20/2013: CAASE: online message boards a 'brotherhood'

Vivelo Hoy 2/14/2013: The social architecture of a sex trafficking case

Rockford Register Star 1/19/2013: Advocates say new tactics needed on sex arrests in Rockford

La Raza 1/16/2013: Hombres se aconsejan vía Internet sobre compra de sexo en Illinois

Rebellious Magazine 1/12/2013

NBC5 Chicago 1/11/2013 "Johns" Create Brotherhood In Search for Online Sex

WBEZ 1/11/2013: Study sheds light on men who buy sex in Illinois

WLS-AM 1/11/2013: CAASE out with a new report on prostitution in Illinois

WREX-13 Rockford 1/11/2013 Study claims Rockford ranks 2nd in IL cities for purchase of sex

Rockford Register Star: 1/11/2013: Rockford ranked 2nd in Illinois for posts on site where men buy sex

Make it Better Magazine 1/1/2013: Empowerment Through Justice: Kaethe Morris Hoffer

2012

The Atlantic: Cities 12/05/2012: Mapping the 'Demand Side of Prostitution

FOX Chicago 11/15/2012: Robin Robinson Interviews Gold Coast Madam

FOX Chicago 11/14/2012: Robin Robinson Investigates Harms of Prostitution on the Gold Coast

Medill News Service 11/1/2012: Specialized Services Needed for Survivors of Prostitution

Go Girl Magazine 10/29/2012: Rachel Durchslag is a Woman to Watch

Crain's Chicago Business 10/29/2012: Business Leaders Have a Role in Ending the Sex Trade

The New York Times 9/30/2012 Letter to the Editor: Ending the Demand Side of Prostitution

Huffington Post 9/27/2012 Ending Demand is a Common-Sense Approach That Works

WBEZ 8/7/2012 Illinois praised for strong anti-human-trafficking laws

FOX Chicago 7/30/2012: Former prostitute testifies to change sex trafficking law

Vocalo and WBEZ 7/25/2012: Rachel Durchslag, Executive Director of CAASE, is interviewed

Illinois Issues 6/4/2012: Chicago a leading city in the global epidemic of human trafficking

Chicago Tribune 6/4/2012 Anti-prostitution effort targets high school boys

Huffington Post 5/17/2012: Sending sex traffickers and johns a message before NATO

Evanston Now 5/17/2012: Evanston massage zoning plan draws wave of criticism

Chicago Tribune 5/14/12: New task force targets traffickers who force children into the sex trade

Huffington Post 4/16/12: Sex Tourism, the Secret Service, and the Harms of Buying Sex

WBEZ 4/12/12: Words=Change: Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking Seminar

Chicago Muckrakers 4/6/12: Illinois legislation takes on sex trafficking, but danger remains

Medill Reports Chicago 4/5/12: Illinois moves to tighten laws on sex trafficking

Rebellious Magazine: Profile of CAASE Executive Director, Rachel Durchslag

Today’s Chicago Woman 4/1/12: Ending demand for the sex trade in Illinois

Austin Weekly News   3/14/12: New law offers hope to sex trafficking victims

Huffington Post 2/29/12: Rachel Durchslag’s first blog post for the Huffington Post on sex trafficking

Medill News Service 2/29/12: New law offers hope to sex trafficking victims

Copyline Magazine 2/20/12: Strip Clubs should fund rape crisis centers

Rock River Times 2/20/12: Gov Sheila Simon argues that strip clubs should fund rape crisis centers

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 2/1/12: Kaethe Morris Hoffer receives the Chicago Foundation for Women Impact Award

CBS2 1/31/12: Recent attacks on prostituted women in Humboldt Park

Columbia Chronicle 1/30/12: Behind Human Trafficking in Chicago by Sophia Coleman

Illinois Issues 1/1/12: State officials insist progress is occurring in the testing of rape cases

2011

Chicago Sun Times 12/19/11: Dentist who helped pimps wants to work again

Streetwise 12/14/11: Seeking justice for prostitution victims

Northwest Herald 12/4/11: Lynne Johnson talks about Illinois’s response to sex trafficking

Chicago News Cooperative 11/23/11: Kaethe Morris Hoffer offers a window into sex trafficking

Huffington Post 11/9/11: Profile of Chicago-area organizations that are taking action and making progress

Windy City Times 10/12/11: Chicago Foundation for Women's 26th Annual Luncheon in the Hilton Chicago's International Ballroom

ABC7 10/13/2011: Non-profit trying to end human trafficking

Northwest Herald 9/2/11: Juvenile pimping should concern us all, by Kevin Lyons

Chicago Sun Times 8/24/11: 9 arrested for sex trafficking ring involving girls as young as 12

WBEZ 8/24/11: Nine arrested on sex trafficking charges in Cook County

New York Times 8/13/11: Campaign Against Sex Trafficking Is Gaining by Meribah Knight

Kankakee Daily Journal 8/10/11: Upperclassmen wrestlers accused in connection with the sexual assault of a freshman at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School

eNews Park Forest 8/6/11: A replication of the IGNN press release about the signing of SB 1037

News.Gnomes 8/6/11: Discussion of Governor Quinn's signing of SB 1037

Illinois Government News Network 8/6/11: A press release about Gov. Quinn signing SB 1037; CAASE is a mentioned supporter

Chicago Sun Times 8/6/11: Senate Bill 1037 is passed, allowing prostituted women to clear their records if they can prove that they were trafficked

LA Weekly Blog 7/18/11: Odd Future Protest at Pitchfork Music Festival by Tal Rosenberg

CNN 7/13/11: Prostituted child leave "game" for good.

Rockford Register Star 7/2/11:  Lynne wrote a letter to the RRStar, applauding the police for their sting operation against johns in the area

RedEye 6/7/11: DePaul students take part in SlutWalk by Jeremy Mikula

WLS 890AM 5/27/11: Study shows how ex-pimps recruited their girls

WBEZ 98.1 5/18/11: Group offers alternatives to proposed ordinance for ‘prostitution-free zones’

Pekin Times 4/25/11: Kudos to the Pekin Police by Lynne Johnson

Women’s E-News 4/18/11: Anti-Sex Trade Turns to Focus on Men Who Buy Sex by  Alizah Salario

Chicago Sun Times 4/8/11: Letter to the Editor: Rape column off base by Rachel Durchslag

Today’s Chicago Woman 4/7/11: Kaethe Morris Hoffer discusses our legal services

Fox News Chicago 4/3/11: Kaethe Morris Hoffer Talks About Civil Justice for Sexual Violence Survivors

The Standard Online 3/22/11: Speaker Reveals Reality of Sex Trade by Kaycie Surrell

Medill Reports 3/9/11: Games Pimps Play: Mental Manipulation in Prostitution by Ronnie Reese

Chicago Tribune 3/4/11: Northwestern to investigate controversial sex demonstration by Jodi S. Cohen and Lisa Black

Windy City Times 2/17/11: Mayoral forum focuses on violence towards women, LGBTQs by Carrie Maxwell

Medill Reports 2/16/11: Mayoral candidates detail personal experience with abuse in talking to forum for women, LGBTQ by Ronnie Reese

Fox News Chicago 2/14/11: Group Asks Why a High Percentage of Chicago Rape Reports Are Declared 'Unfounded' by Larry Yellin

Medill Reports 2/2/11: From Austin to the Gold Coast, Prostitution Brings Blight by Ronnie Reese

Ukranian Daily 1/30/11: Chicago Program Focuses on the Realities of Sex Trafficking by Ivanka Bryan

 

2010

Mwari Magazine 12/16/10: Rachel Durchslag discusses interviewing johns

PBS “What’s Your Calling?” 12/8/10: Executive Director Rachel Durchslag talks about her inspiration for starting CAASE

Streetwise 11/3/10: End Demand For Prostitution

Chicago NOW 10/28/10: Does “sexy” or “scary” rule Halloween?

Daily Herald 10/21/10: Documentary showing the other side of Hugh Hefner

WakeUpPeople.com 10/14/10: Declaring WAR on Human Trafficking

Medill Reports 10/13/10: Human Trafficking – a modern slave trade growing in our own backyard

Time Out Chicago 10/9/10: Little-used Illinois law gives rape victims another way to hold their attackers accountable

Chicago Reader 10/9/10: Against Their Will: The Reality of Sex Trafficking panel discussion

Chicago Journal 9/29/10: Dozens of former pimps admit tricking young women into the sex trade

Grain Belt News 9/21/10: New legislation seeks to end demand for prostitution in Illinois

Change.org 9/21/10: New Study – most pimps were trafficked, abused as children

WBEZ 9/15/10: Chicago area ex-pimps see themselves as small business owners

WBBM (Sun Times Media Wire) 9/15/10: Study shows how ex-pimps recruited their girls

WBEZ 9/15/10: Interview with CAASE Legal Director Kaethe Morris Hoffer

Chicago Tribune 9/3/10: Declaring war on human trafficking

KQED Radio 8/31/10: Craigslist adult ads under fire

WBBM News Radio 780 8/21/10: No prostitution charges for kids

Women’s Media Center 8/18/10: Neglected rape kits getting second life in mainstream media

NBC Chicago 7/7/10: Landmark law requires all rape kits to be tested

Chicago Tribune 7/6/10: Illinois to test every rape kit

Womensenews.org 6/16/10: Sex traffic rises, along with scramble for solutions

Change.org 5/28/10: Why sexual assault survivors don’t target their rapist’s pocketbook

WBEZ 5/27/10: Illinois bill seeks to protect juvenile prostitutes

Slate 5/26/10: Why don’t more women sue their rapists?

WBEZ 5/26/10: Chicago Police shift prostitution approach

Huffington Post 5/10/10: Tales From the Census: the price of peddling porn

Christianity Today 5/1/10: Sexual slavery on Main Street

Wall Street Journal 4/9/10: Are harsher sex-offender laws yielding unintended consequences?

Chicago Breaking News Center 4/8/10: Sex offender housing restrictions may lead to more crimes

Gapers Block 4/5/10: Sex Trafficking in Chicago, ‘Victimless’ Crimes and Their Victims

Chicago Tribune 3/30/10: Prostitution is shadowy backdrop to Schaumburg hotel slaying

Chicago Tribune 2/28/10: Sex Trafficking not just a problem abroad

Chicago Sun Times 2/24/10: Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez testifies at Senate hearing on sex trafficking

Progress Illinois 2/6/10: Anti-Violence Groups Blast Cohen’s Candidacy

Viva La Feminista 1/22/10: Thoughts on the Cook County Board President Forum

Windy City Times 1/20/10: Addressing Violence Against Women