Philanthropy

Charlotte Laws

Anti-Revenge Porn Advocate

In January 2012, Laws determined a notorious revenge porn website was involved in a scheme to hack nude and topless pictures from victims’ emails. Laws compiled evidence and took it to the FBI. This led to the shutdown of the site and the January 2014 arrests of the site operator and his alleged hacker.

Laws has helped over 300 victims combat online harassment and nonconsensual pornography She is called the “Erin Brockovich of Revenge Porn.” During her grueling three year battle, she received computer viruses, death threats and a stalker came to her home.

Charlotte Laws is an advocateLaws detailed her story in a 5000 word article, which appeared in Jezebel, xojane and Alternet. The piece went viral with 1.27 million page views.

Laws has discussed revenge porn and the need for legislation on Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS and dozens of other television and radio programs. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, The Guardian, The San Francisco Chronicle, TIME, Forbes, Cosmopolitan and numerous other newspapers and magazines.

Laws worked with legislators to pass anti-revenge porn laws. She testified in favor of SB 255 and SB 1255 in California; they passed. Laws has also met with senators and congressional representatives. Representative Jackie Speier has agreed to introduce a federal law in 2015.

Laws is a board member on the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), a non-profit organization that aims to increase awareness of online harassment and aid victims of harassment, and she is the founder of the “Tribs over Trolls” project, a movement to end bullying and online harassment.

Animal Advocate

Charlotte Laws, a vegetarian since 1982, is a fierce advocate for animals. She argues that nonhumans are of equal value to humans and worthy of equal consideration. She invented the term “omniocracy,” a government with representation for all living beings, and argues for its establishment. She criticizes democracy, calling it a “totalitarian regime in which the powerful (humans) use, abuse, manipulate and murder the powerless (nonhumans) for the former’s own gain.”charlotte laws

Laws has contributed to academic anthologies on animal rights and environmentalism, in addition to writing books and articles on the subject. She is a regular speaker at the annual Animal Rights Convention and is considered a foremost expert on the subject. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California.

Laws is the founder and president of two organizations: the Directors of Animal Welfare (DAW) and the League for Earth and Animal Protection (LEAP).

Laws was the recipient of the 2006 Los Angeles Animal Humanitarian Award.

Laws has two rescue dogs and nine rescue hens. In 2012, Laws’ chicken Mae Poulet was a write-in vice-presidential candidate. The presidential candidate was a dog from Tennessee. Laws campaigned to secure Mae a spot on the ticket. She knew it would provide an opportunity to educate on rights for animals. Mae Poulet—arguably the most famous chicken in the world–was inducted into the National Museum of Animals and Society in 2013 and participated in a 2011 celebrity fundraiser to raise money for rescue organizations.