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Washington, D.C.— June 28, 2018 – Today, lawyers representing Woodhull Freedom Foundation along with Human Rights Watch, The Internet Archive, and two individuals filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the constitutionality of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (“FOSTA”), under the First and Fifth Amendments of the United States Constitution.

Woodhull’s President and CEO, Ricci Levy, says, “FOSTA chills sexual speech and harms sex workers. It makes it harder for people to take care of and protect themselves, and, as an organization working to protect people’s fundamental human rights, Woodhull is deeply concerned about the damaging impact that this law will have on all people.”

FOSTA represents the most broadly-based censorship of Internet speech since the Communications Decency Act of 1996, effectively driving large swaths of constitutionally-protected speech off the Internet. Even the Department of Justice warned Congress about the overreaching provisions of the law before it was passed.

Woodhull, along with the other plaintiffs, are represented by Bob Corn-Revere and Ronald London, of Davis Wright TremaineElectronic Frontier FoundationDaphne Keller, and Lawrence G. Walters, of Walters Law Group.

The complaint is available here.