This is about Hope. But it’s also about every Black girl her story represents.

Hope’s story matters because Hope matters. But her story is also a window into a world where Black girls are too rarely valued, and too often failed by the systems that should be protecting them. We see Hope, and we are fighting for her. We invite you to join us and take action on behalf of Hope, and all Black girls.

Join us on May 2, 2021.

Datavia Stewart Speak, 2015 Archival Ink


  • Black girls are viewed as more adult than their white peers at almost all stages of childhood, beginning most significantly at the age of 5 (Source: Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, 2017).

  • One in four black girls will be sexually abused before the age of 18. (Source:

  • 40% of confirmed sex trafficking survivors in the U.S. are Black. (Source: The Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2011.)

  • Of those reported missing children cases under the age of 18 in the United States, 33 percent are African-American children (Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children).