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Alex Acosta Resigned!

Alex Acosta Resigned!

Alex Acosta Resigned!

On July 12, 2019, Trump's Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced his resignation amid growing pressure from the public and UltraViolet members across the country to step down.

UltraViolet members have been at the forefront of the fight for justice for survivors of sexual assault. And when news broke in late 2018 that Trump's Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta had handed serial child rapist Jeffrey Epstein a sweetheart plea deal in 2008, UltraViolet members sprang into action to demand accountability. Acosta's resignation is great news, and it demonstrates that when we come together as a movement, we can take down sexual predators and their enablers, no matter how powerful. 

Here's what UltraViolet members did:

  • • Following the explosive story that broke in the Miami Herald in November of 2018, which shed new light on Epstein's plea deal to evade accountability for sexually abusing dozens of young children, more than 45,000 UltraViolet members signed a petition to Congress demanding they impeach the man who handed it to him: Trump's acting Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta.

  • •Next, hundreds of activist called their members of Congress to turn up the heat.
  • •Finally, just two days before Acosta's announcement, UltraViolet worked with allies like American Federation of Teachers, CREDO Action, and MoveOn to organize a light projection in Washington, D.C. calling for Acosta's resignation. The message, which read "Acosta enables child sex trafficking, Acosta must go," was projected onto the Department of Labor office building and generated tons of press coverage including ABC News and influential Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill. This added media pressure was enough to tip the scales, and less than 36 hours after our projection, Acosta announced his resignation.

This is a HUGE win for survivors of sexual assault everywhere, but in particular, for the dozens of survivors abused by Epstein. With Acosta's resignation and new federal charges filed against Epstein in the state of New York earlier this month, his survivors can finally begin to see justice.

Now, UltraViolet is continuing the fight. We need to hold all powerful people that engage in or enable sexual abuse accountable, including, most notably, the admitted serial sexual assaulter at the very top: President Trump.

Sign the petition to Congress demanding an immediate investigation into Trump's history of rape and sexual assault.

Alex Acosta Resigned!