Through the CEASE Network (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation), Demand Abolition connects law enforcement agencies, nonprofits, survivor leaders, and community members around the common goal of reducing demand for illegal commercial sex. We are motivated by an urgent need to eliminate harms caused to women and girls whose lives are jeopardized by this exploitative industry— a direct result of the demand created by sex buyers.
Like all philanthropic organizations, we work with partners whose values and goals align with ours. We are proud of the CEASE Network’s success in paving the way for new, multi-stakeholder solutions to address demand at the local level.
As our public report shows, in 2016 we provided grants to partners in 11 cities across the U.S. involved in our CEASE Network program, totaling $638,000. This funding supported local collaborative efforts—idea sharing, networking, research, and educational outreach within communities and among grantees.
Due to financial constraints affecting our foundation, the grant funding to CEASE partners decreased by about one-third in 2017. This year, the foundation ended several grantmaking initiatives, including funding for CEASE Network partners, because of reduced income. Despite this, we remain committed to supporting the cause of demand reduction and the work of our allies in the CEASE Network.