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August 3, 2022

When people talk about child trafficking it’s mostly spoken about in the abstract. Child abuse and child trafficking are too disturbing to think about and yet it goes on under our noses. It’s even endorsed by the very agencies that receive federal grants to protect children against abuse.

What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve. If the news media is controlled then a lot of child trafficking goes under the radar – not reported: not noticed.

Our mental images of child trafficking don’t line up with the reality of how it happens, why it happens and why little is done about it.

Child trafficking doesn’t necessarily involve transporting children. It can involve the coercion of minors to say things that are not true yet the lie financially benefits the adult or the agency of the adult coercing the minor.

Children are a commodity to trade.

States get Title IV funds and these can be misappropriated. Syphoned off to third party companies such as Maximus Inc.

Maximus Inc recently appeared in the Pandora Papers – dozens of hidden offshore accounts. It is a for profit company. New Hampshire is one of the first states it contracted with. Kathleen Kerr who is on the board of Maximus spent 12 years working for New Hampshire’s DHHS. While there she received a complaint (possibly several more) about lax accounting for child services in New Hampshire.

The advantage for public officials when it comes to children in the US is that they don’t have rights and the States like it like that because the agencies can literally get away with murder and trafficking. Trauma experienced by family members and the child leaves all open to easy and easily hidden exploitation by the State agencies and their non-profit affiliates, law firm affiliates and others.

The US never ratified the UN Rights of the Child.

Forget your images of children working in slave labor camps and start thinking about how police talk to children or therapists, victims’ advocates or social workers. Who are these working for and what is their end goal? Is it to coerce a child into a situation where the adult or the agency the adult works with can make a claim for state or federal funds? Can a private attorney use it to file a civil suit and earn 35% of the claim? Or can the child be traded for something else?

What is Child Labor Trafficking?

What is Child Sex Trafficking?

If you dare to speak up about suspected child trafficking or racketeering involving children, you could be stalked or threatened as I have been. And who is doing the stalking? One of the very public agencies you are advised to talk to if you are being stalked or if you suspect child abuse or trafficking: The NHCADSV.

When I contacted Anna Carrigan who filed a whistleblower suit against the State of New Hampshire over its failures to children under its care, she responded:

I am interested that you have identified key NH players that myself and others doing work in NH find troubling (but we are definitely in the minority on), and I am comfortable saying that AG MacDonald (currently NH Supreme Court Chief Justice) Amanda Grady Sexton and NHCADSV are two specific people who I think are doing things to directly or indirectly hurt child protection victims in this state, and that our crazy family and criminal court system is completely dysfunctional and supports that in happening, along with a local media that purposely helps keep the public blind to things happening behind the scenes. I am a government social worker whistle-blower, one of several, who faced retaliation by the State of NH for speaking up about the truth of NH’s child protection system and is suing them, so I’ve seen and know about a lot of stuff that goes on that I feel like most people would have a hard time even conceiving is true.

The Director of Public Affairs for the NHCADSV, Amanda Grady Sexton (also Chair of the City of Concord Public Safety Committee) has on her bio that she works with police and prosecutors on crisis communications and message development for them.

From her bio:

Amanda works with crime victims and their families to advance the legal rights of victims on the local, state, and federal levels. She has worked to strengthen NH’s domestic and sexual violence statutes, to extend the statute of limitations for sexual assault victims, and to pass laws to criminalize human trafficking and non-fatal strangulation. Amanda advises New Hampshire’s congressional delegation and has assisted Congress with the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the passage of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act. Amanda also specializes in media relations and has worked with some of the nation’s top PR professionals to help crime victims and their families share their stories in an effort to educate the public and to advance societal change. She has provided national training to prosecutors, civil attorneys, law enforcement officials and victim advocates on crisis communications, message development, and effective strategies for working with the media.

A private citizen, Audra Troop, went to the FBI in Boston with evidence of political corruption and child trafficking in New Hampshire. Then she was stalked by Richard C. Tracy who is on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Centers – a non-profit in New Hampshire. Why would someone on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Centers stalk a woman? Lauren Noether who is mentioned in the link below, is also a director at a Children’s Advocacy Center having come out of the Attorney General’s Office!

In the family courts, parents have made repeated complaints about one particular Guardian Ad Litem: Kathleen Sternenberg – but those complaints fall on deaf ears while she gets paid via Apple Pay and takes vacations to Niagara Falls (coincidentally a child trafficking hub) with a judge who also happens to preside over her cases.

In the last year, among the missing children in New Hampshire who did hit the news were:

Elijah Lewis – a 5 year old who died but had not been reported missing for months even though DCYF was in contact with the family.

Harmony Montgomery who disappeared in 2019 but wasn’t reported for two years. Again the family was known to DCYF and to police. The police have been unable to keep a straight story about their visits with the father. Governor Sununu admits publicly that the father is a well known drug offender but somehow this didn’t seem to bother DCYF, NHCADSV or any of the other agencies dealing with child abuse.

Despite all the money that goes in federal grants to the State of New Hampshire, there is a shocking lack of accountability when it comes to child welfare and safety and a staggering amount of coordination when it comes to news spins and cover ups. It helps that Amanda Grady Sexton is married to Adam Sexton, political director of WMUR.

The police, DCYF, NHCADSV, Children’s Advocacy Centers and AG can get their act together on messaging for these, police and prosecutors but not on child whereabouts or records. Telling.

This phenomenon might explain why complaints by victims of horrific child abuse at the State Children’s Youth Development Center have been downplayed over the decades and why until this past year the NHCADSV has largely ignored it. In fact, until last year, the State dismissed claims of child abuse at the Youth Detention Center. A class action lawsuit dismissed child abuse as “victim negligence”.

This is how the State of New Hampshire, First in the Nation, views children under state care: they are responsible for being violated by adults; employees of the state who are paid to look after them.

The federal government sends millions of dollars to New Hampshire for child welfare. Year after year, decade after decade the US DHHS sends letters to the NH DHHS/DCYF about its failures but the same broken system carries on with the very same group of people at the top now who were around decades ago. Musical chairs in and out of state agencies, law firms and the attorney general’s office. Don’t ask, don’t tell. If asked, don’t answer. Stonewall. If necessary, delete the files or tell the interns to delete the files. The pattern is the same at the Attorney General’s Office which deletes files of corrupt police officers and the DCYF which admitted to deleting files of child sex abuse at Phillips Exeter Academy covering a period when Senator Maggie Hassan’s husband, Tom Hassan, was head of the school. Maggie was Governor of New Hampshire. The Attorney General, appointed by her, declined to investigate. The news media was silenced. The NHCADSV has never commented on the Senator’s role in all of this. That’s because the Director of Public Affairs, Amanda Grady Sexton, was on Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s re-election committee, a Dem Caucus rep. The AG’s office said nothing because members of the AG’s office rely on endorsements from Senator Shaheen or the Governor to become US Attorney. And so the cycle of silence and cover ups continues while the State continues to collect money from the federal government and remain unaccountable.

An intern at the Youth Detention Center bravely reported that she’d been ordered to rip up records of sex abuse while the Youth Detention Center knew that it was under criminal investigation:

The NHCADSV is closely intertwined with the DCYF, the Police Department, The Children’s Advocacy Centers, the Attorney General’s Office, The Governor’s Office and The City of Concord Council – Concord being the State Capitol. Concord is a city of 43,000 inhabitants in a State of 1.3 million people. There are multiple agencies whose mission statement allegedly protects against child abuse or trafficking. Are these agencies in fact involved with enabling trafficking?

In July 2020 I wrote a letter to a commission set up by Governor Chris Sununu following the police misconduct in George Floyd’s death. Sununu, to his credit, set up the LEACT (Law Enforcement Accountability) commission to seek public comment regarding police in New Hampshire and to address it.

In my letter I wrote about three criminal cases involving minors under 16 in which I believed there were signs of police misconduct and coercion of the minors involved. After sending the letter I was stalked online by Amanda Grady Sexton and the NHCADSV.

Minors in New Hampshire are interviewed in non-profit centers: The Children’s Advocacy Centers. Prosecutors sit on the other side of a dark window while a police officer or similar questions the minor.

The case of New Hampshire v Foad Afshar is a perfect example of how easy it is for these centers to get the result they want. (Foad Afshar went to prison. His case was overturned a few years later).

A bill was introduced as a result but the NHCADSV campaigned against it. And thus, it did not pass.

Members of the Police Department are on the board of these advocacy centers while the NHCADSV trains the police in “best practices”. There is a goal in mind: to prosecute and to coerce minors into saying things that will work for a prosecution. Many of these interviews result not just in the prosecution of adults, potentially wrongfully, but in separating children from their security, from their adult caregivers. A different kind of trauma is then bestowed on the child which the child may have to live with for life growing up in an abusive system that has little to no oversight.

New Hampshire’s DCYF and DHHS have consistently failed national standards for child care. Anna Carrigan’s whistleblower lawsuit against the State was dismissed. Like the plaintiffs against the YDC who were blamed for “victim negligence”.

Where is all the money going for children? The state claims for it but it does not seem to be making it to the very children in need under state care. What are these non-profits really doing with the money they receive?

There is another issue – bullying by the very agencies who claim to protect against child abuse and who claim to look out for victim’s rights:

In 2019 a teenage girl stood up in a plea hearing for Griffin Furlotte, a high school student who was arrested at 17 and accused of multiple felonies and misdemeanors pertaining to sexual assault. The NHCADSV had gone head to head with the Merrimack County District Attorney (a woman-Democrat – write in candidate) who was going to offer a plea deal which did not involve the sex offender registry. The NHCADSV managed to push the plea hearing from the Friday to the Monday. Although the NHCADSV got what they wanted: the sex offender registry for Furlotte, their tactics of bullying teenage girls got exposed. But nothing happened. In fact Jennifer Pierson, the victim’s advocate whose face appeared in the news article about the hearing, ended up being hired as a victim’s advocate at St. Paul’s School.

A third alleged victim decided not to continue with the charges. She spoke in support of Furlotte in court Monday.

For months, I was jerked around by the staff at Pembroke Academy, local police and officials involved with the investigation,” she said. “I was manipulated, lied to, kept in the dark and force fed enumerated versions of events that supposedly happened between griffin and I.

Furlotte has been incarcerated since his arrest in June. He is expected to remain in jail until June 2020.

He was a teenager who made some mistakes, but he didn’t do the most serious and graphic things he was accused of in this case,” defense attorney Charles Keefe said.

Furlotte will also have to register as a Tier 1 sex offender.

The county attorney’s office said the victims and Pembroke police gave their consent to the sentencing agreement.

Jennifer Pierson of the Central Crisis Center New Hampshire, a branch of the NHCADSV saw the hearing as a victory.

How can it be a victory when teenage girls are bullied and teenage boys are treated as “monsters” in pretrial detention and then put on the sex offender registry for life?

The answer: Money and grants.

The NHCADSV manages the sex offender registration management program under the Adam Walsh Act. Since 2014 the State has received over $900,000 for this. It’s a financial model for them. No wonder they spend so much time luring teenagers with statistics such as 1 in 3 teenagers is a victim of intimate partner violence. When you start digging, these statistics appear to be false advertising reminiscent of the Child Catcher in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” – out to bring the kids in with a lollipop and then entrap them once confidence is gained – make them dependent on advice from adults with shady motives.

Ironically the sexual assault unit investigator in the Furlotte case sued the female DA because the DA allegedly made her cry. The sexual assault investigator got a handsome payout negotiated by Charles (Chuck) Douglas Esq who used to be a New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice – in which capacity he ordered a 13 year old impregnated rape victim back to the Youth Detention Center because she wouldn’t name her rapist. What did the teenage girl in NH v Griffin Furlotte’s hearing receive (other than a lifetime of trauma) for being bullied and coerced?

In November 2020, Merrimack County DA Robin Davis lost the election to Paul Halvorsen, a juvenile prosecutor who had sent kids to the Youth Detention Center where they were horrifically abused. The NHCADSV endorsed his campaign. He was also commended for his ability with budgets. Children are a financial item to the State of New Hampshire. Some judges have also called children “morons” in New Hampshire family courts.

In the criminal courts, charging young adult males with sex abuse of teenage girls is a lucrative business. They are the lowest hanging fruit for a State and its agencies eager to create crimes requiring neither witness nor evidence corroboration to collect federal grants.

Everyone is on board: the NHCADSV, the Police Department, the AG’s office, the local Congresswoman, Ann Kuster (who used to be a lobbyist for Rohypnol, the date rape drug), Senator Jeanne Shaheen and the Youth Development Centers and Department of Corrections and the Children’s Advocacy Center. All stand to benefit from federal grants under Violence Against Women Act, Adam Walsh Act or are able to use it for lobbying to advance their own professional careers.

And the beauty of the arrangement? Minors have no voice. Young adults have no money to fight any injustice and if they do, they are probably too naïve to realize that the very attorneys recommended to them for defense might well have a back channel deal going on with the prosecutor so that it comes out as a win for the State and the attorneys but not for the young adults and children involved. Their welfare comes last.

Lyn Schollett, Executive Director of the NHCADSV, told an audience of reporters outside the courtroom of NH v Owen Labrie (August 2015) that the (at the time anonymous) “victim” had said “no”, “not once, not twice, but three times”. The “victim” was Chessy Prout (who revealed her identity a year later on NBC Today Show). The trial record doesn’t support Lyn Schollett’s rendition but that statement served the NHCADSV who stood to benefit and went on to use Chessy Prout for other goals such as Marsy’s Law paid for by convicted drug trafficking felon Henry T Nicholas III (who kept an underground lair for his sex and drug activities hidden from his wife and children).

Is there anyone in the process who thinks about the welfare of the people whose lives are directly affected? Unlikely. It’s about quotas and money to sustain a financial model.

Children and young adults are valuable assets for States like New Hampshire. The White House “Not Alone” Task Force recognized this by picking New Hampshire as the place to introduce an unregulated federal directive “Dear Colleague” on April 4, 2011 – essentially allowing an unregulated Government into the lives of children and young adults, to manipulate them, bully them, terrorize them and force-feed them a narrative.

Millions in grants followed for “Bystander” training and “Know Your Power” marketed under Soteria Solutions Inc whose board includes Lyn Schollett of the NHCADSV (who misrepresented the words of a 15 year old girl in a criminal trial)and Sharyn Potter of the University of New Hampshire. The company shares the same logo as a financial holdings company in London. The University was given an award for entrepreneurship for the company.

Sharyn Potter used the NH v Owen Labrie trial verdict to sell her product, claiming that had it been used at St. Paul’s School, the incident wouldn’t have happened. A preposterous claim which shows that the New Hampshire federally funded entrepreneurs are not only getting away with false claims to sell their for profit-training programs but possibly putting the profits from these in overseas bank accounts – out of the sight of the public.

State representatives who say they want to address child trafficking are paying lip service. Would any of them ever take on their own allies across the agencies that have hidden child abuse and trafficking or run off with the proceeds from federal grants squirreled away in non-profits or offshore accounts? I doubt it.

All families must beware of the real goal of the “Children’s Advocacy Centers”, the DCYF, the NHCADSV and the police departments. Their budgets depend on being able to monetize child abuse, neglect, trafficking.

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