Nest’s mission is to prevent the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children by educating and empowering young people and their caregivers, schools, and communities. Nest strives to address the cultural, legal, and economic dynamics that underscore sexually exploitative activities and to engage a diverse group of stakeholders, including youth, in the movement to create a world free from sexual violence against children.
Nest was founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2004 by Libby Spears while she was directing PLAYGROUND: The Child Sex Trade in America, a film produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Abigail Disney, Lauren Embrey, Arden Wohl, and Tracy & Matt Smith, that investigates the roots and consequences of child sexual exploitation in our own backyard.
Since its founding, Nest has supported public and campus film screenings, trainings, policy advancements, victim services, shelters, and other programs and organizations that strive to make our neighborhoods safe for every child. We are proud to be among a growing number of colleagues and leaders collaborating to put an end to child sexual violence once and for all. The call for a movement has never been more urgent.