|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2010)|
|Budget||US$1.87 million (annually, FY2009/10)|
|Location||HQ: New Haven, CT
Field projects: the U.S, Moldova, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka
Love146 is a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit international human rights organization that works toward the abolition of child sex trafficking and exploitation through advocacy, prevention, and aftercare.
Love146’s prevention program is broken up into three global regions, the U.S., Asia, and Europe, working to reduce the risk for children in high traffic areas, strengthen prevention networks, empower youth, and empower advocates.
Love146 was founded in 2002 by Rob Morris, Lamont Hiebert, Desirea Rodgers, and Caroline Hahm. Prior to the establishing of Love146, co-founder and president, Rob Morris, worked with Mercy Ships International. Morris has lectured and taught in over thirty countries on issues of justice, compassion, and human rights.
Their headquarters for advocacy and awareness initiatives is located in New Haven, CT.
The organization is named after a young girl two of the co-founders encountered while undercover in a brothel in Southeast Asia. The girls were given numbers of identification pinned to their dresses. Observing a group of prostituted children, one girl in particular stood out. Morris explained that she stared at them with a piercing gaze, saying, “There was still fight left in her eyes.” Her number was 146.
Love146 was named an “Agent of Change” by GQ Magazine, and earned a Myspace Impact Award for social justice. They have also been spotlighted in Relevant Magazine. They are supported by bands such as The Wrecking and Paramore. President of Baume & Mercier North America, Rudy Chavez, and Love146 board member, sent Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Carolyn Cole to Southeast Asia to take photos in support of Love146. In 2008, Baume & Mercier hosted an exhibition of her photos in New York City titled “Into the Light”.
- Open Your Eyes - prevention campaign and advocacy training of Romanian youth in communities targeted by traffickers.
- Escape Magazine - pop culture magazine featuring articles that address issues on the vulnerability of young people toward this industry
- Round Home - a safe home for rescued child sex slaves in the Philippines
- Time 4 Girls Program - provides training for adults who work with at-risk adolescent girls
- Task forces - groups of community members who meet regularly to generate and carry out their ideas to increase community awareness of sex trafficking
- Partners with anti-trafficking organizations working in Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, and Sri Lanka.
Love146 invests in an infrastructure that sustains a growing organization, and more specifically, in well-developed programs, to protect and restore children.
The annual financial reports, audited financials, and 990 forms from previous years can be found on their website.
U.S. advocacy director, Kathy Maskell, has been fighting for a legislation (Safe Harbor for Exploited Children) that would protect children from being prosecuted for the crime of prostitution.
Its passing has encountered some controversy, where those who oppose the bill say that the charge of prostitution is crucial to getting these children to testify against their pimps.
American rock band Paramore released their second studio album Riot! in 2007, featuring the song "We Are Broken" as a tribute to Love146. During The Final Riot! the band sold a sweater in which the proceeds went to the charity.
Also, on the tour DVD, bassist Jeremy Davis can be seen with a Love146 patch on his guitar strap.