The Sedona Forum 2018 Humanitarian Focus with Cindy McCain and Ashton Kutcher

In 2009, Ashton Kutcher co-founded what would later become Thorn, a non-profit dedicated to leveraging technology for good: to stop the sale and abuse of children online. In the years since, by building partnerships among tech companies, law enforcement and NGOs, Thorn has had an outsized impact on disrupting the digital spaces used to exploit children. Cindy McCain, a leading voice in the fight to end trafficking, speaks with Kutcher about Thorn’s progress and what remains to be done to fight this heinous crime.The discussion is introduced by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. It took place at the 2018 Sedona Forum on April 21.

Posted by McCain Institute on Wednesday, May 2, 2018

On April 21, 2018 at the McCain Institute’s Sedona ForumAshton Kutcher and Cindy McCain, members of the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council, spoke about their work to end human trafficking. Their discussion, which was introduced by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, focused on recent victories and the role technology can play to end this heinous crime.

In 2009, Kutcher co-founded what would go on to become Thorn, a non-profit dedicated to leveraging technology for good: to stop the sale and abuse of children online. In the years since, by building partnerships among tech companies, law enforcement and NGOs, Thorn has had an outsized impact on disrupting the digital spaces used to exploit children.

McCain serves as co-chair of the Arizona governor’s Council on Human Trafficking and on the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. She is dedicated to efforts to reduce human trafficking in Arizona, throughout the United States and around the world, and is committed to working to improve the lives of victims of human trafficking.