My name is Jennifer Harrison and I am an independent, citizen journalist in Phoenix, Arizona, along with my team of dedicated, independent reporters AZ Patriots. We have been creating online content of what is happening around Arizona and Mexico for over a year. I have been documenting and reporting human trafficking and investigating women and children being smuggled through the country by criminal organizations.
We have been unfairly targeted with a SLAPP lawsuit, which is "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation", meant to silence our efforts to document and expose the human smuggling/trafficking of women and children taking place in our communities. I am raising funds for myself and the 4 other defendants named in this lawsuit. We have retained one attorney who will represent all 5 of us and work to get this lawsuit dismissed. We have already retained the attorney's services and all donations received will go towards paying his retainer and monthly bill.
We are raising money for legal fees to defend freedom of speech and to fight back against the silencing of independent journalists who expose the truth. We need to pay an attorney to represent our group against civil rights and defamation claims and to counter this lawsuit that was filed to silence free speech and freedom of the press. We have been reporting on human trafficking and other national stories. All funds raised will be used for our attorney and the high cost of legal representation and litigation.
I, Jennifer Harrison, am fundraising on my behalf, and on the behalf of the 4 other co-defendants named in this frivolous lawsuit. Since I am the main target of this lawsuit, I will withdraw funds into my account and pay our joint attorney directly to represent all 5 defendants. Thank you so much for your donation, let's defend our rights for free press.