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Jennifer Delaney
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Jennifer's writing has been featured on The Huffington Post,, US. News and World Report, and Foreign

For several years she was the sole American working for a Japanese media company in Tokyo, which brought international artists, including Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, to Asia for concert tours. While traveling solo through Asia and Africa for 18 months, she witnessed the impact of extreme poverty on children, which inspired her to become an advocate for orphans and vulnerable children in developing countries. She played a lead role in efforts to lobby the US Congress for a 10% earmark to benefit children in the AIDS, TB & Malaria Bill of 2003. She later became the Executive Director of Global Action for Children (GAC), which led civil society efforts for the passage and implementation PL-109-95 “Assistance for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act of 2005”.

She of holds a BA in Journalism from UMASS, Amherst and a Masters in Policy Management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Entries by Jennifer Delaney

8 Binge-worthy TV Shows You've (Probably) Never Heard of to Get You Through the Blizzard

(24) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 1:48 PM

Sexed up Drs. Nina Proudman and Patrick Reid from the Australian TV show "Offspring"

Getting out of work early for the blizzard, but already burned through every season of "Orange is the New Black," "Breaking Bad" and...

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Are American Taxpayers Subsidizing McDonald's?

(26) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 2:14 PM

When ordering an Egg McMuffin, I've often wondered how fast food workers get by on their barely minimum wage pay; and suspected that many are forced to rely on public assistance to feed and shelter their families.

In the wake of the McDonald's McResource blunder, where according...

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The Best Gift to Give This Holiday Season

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 12:41 PM

Don't be "That Lady" This Holiday Season

Wondering what to get friends and family, or how to teach your kids to "give back" during the holidays?

Decades ago, my mom taught me a very simple lesson, which I now realize was a true gift to last lifetime.


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7 Ways My Parents Were Eco-Chic Before Their Time

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 7:49 PM

As September's cooling air reminds us, summer doesn't last forever in New England; and I hear my mother's voice in my head saying "If you're cold, put on a sweater!"

I grew up in suburban Boston in the 80's where hair was big, and heavy metal hairbands were even bigger.

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When Does 'Helping' a Troubled Loved One Hurt?

(6) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 1:12 PM


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Many families have them. The relative with substance abuse problems, violence issues, or frequently in trouble with the law.

The shame is overwhelming. You hope no one judges you by association.

The guilt is there, warranted...

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Have You Ever Been "Duped" by a Sociopath?

(84) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 2:28 PM


"The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them"- Maya Angelou

Recently, there have been a string of people in the news "duped" by sociopaths and psychopaths, or for the sake of simplicity, let's just call them predators. (The psychiatric diagnosis...

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Road Tested Advice for Women Traveling Alone - It Ain't No Eat, Pray, Love

(20) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 12:06 PM

The idea of traveling alone through India, Italy and Indonesia and other exotic locales is heady and romantic, and has been made even more so by the hugely successful book Eat, Pray, Love.

Recently, there have been a number of gang rapes reported in India of both Indian...

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Redefining Success: Why I Make My Husband's Lunch

(13) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 6:14 PM

I lived a pretty glamorous life. Past tense.

I spent my 20s jet-setting from Tokyo to London to NY and LA. The St. Regis in NY and Peninsula Beverly Hills were my homes away from home. Pop stars and dinners at Nobu and Spago were a regular part of my...

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Think Before You Speak: Mother's Day Is Not a Happy Day for Everyone

(11) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 2:29 PM

This morning as I was typing away on my laptop at Starbuck's, a well-meaning stranger came up to me and said: "What are you doing? You shouldn't be working on Mother's Day!"

I mumbled, "Umm... My Mom passed and I don't have kids." Her husband then enthusiastically joked: "Well you...

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Marathon Bombings Suspect to 'Reinhart-Rogoff-gate': Two Very Different UMASS Students Made News Last Week

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 3:46 PM

As a University of Massachusetts (UMASS) alum, I felt queasy as the reports came in that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, was a UMASS Dartmouth student. It was even more unsettling to hear him described by fellow students as a...

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Boston Area Lockdown: Does It Matter Why the Terrorists Think They Did It?

(92) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 10:34 AM

I feel like I'm living in a crime show. I woke up in Newton this morning on lockdown. I was at the Watertown Library yesterday, we ate at Strip T's, a couple blocks from (what we are told is) one of the suspects' house on Marathon Day.

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Flowers Will Bloom on Heartbreak Hill

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 6:55 PM

Newton, MA -- My husband runs on the Boston Marathon course near Heartbreak Hill three or four times a week.

While Heartbreak Hill took on a new meaning yesterday, he will run there tonight, just as thousands of runners will hit the pavement along the Marathon route...

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Chris Hayes vs. Bill O'Reilly at 8 O'Clock: What's Demographics Got to Do With It?

(4) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 6:27 PM

Yesterday, April 1st, MSNBC's Chris Hayes graduated from weekends at 8 a.m. to weeknights at 8 p.m. opposite the undisputed king of the time slot Bill O'Reilly at Fox News. While MSNBC is not banking on Hayes stealing O'Reilly Factor viewers any time soon, they are...

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Freaky Friday: Why Sheryl Sandberg Should Thank Her Parents, and How She Can REALLY Change The World

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 1:01 PM

The main takeaways from Sheryl Sandberg's "60 Minutes" and "Diane Rehm" interviews to promote her new book, Lean In, are solid but recycled messages for already-empowered women to ask for that raise, take risks, don't be a people pleaser and get the husband to do his fare share at home....

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Washington vs. Newton, MA: The Buzz on Setti Warren's Senate Run

(6) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 12:47 PM

Last Monday, as soon as Setti Warren announced his run for Senate against Scott Brown, my phone began to ring and emails arrived in my inbox asking if I was excited about the Newton mayor's run for Senate. The funny thing is, none of the emails were from fellow Newtonites,...

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Could I Raise My Children In The Catholic Church?

(201) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 2:41 PM

This morning my stomach turned when I heard NPR's story about more child rapes and cover-ups by priests in Ireland, and about the growing abuse scandal involving the Pope in Germany. I wondered to myself, "When we have kids, could I still raise them in the Church after what I...

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Who's Afraid of Harvey Weinstein?

(94) Comments | Posted October 5, 2009 | 3:30 PM

The Roman Polanski case has more twists and turns than a Scorsese movie. One aspect that hasn't been examined is why no one in Hollywood has come out against the petition circulated by Weinstein, Scorsese and other Hollywood fat cats advocating for Polanski to get off scot free for drugging...

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World AIDS Orphans Day: Advocates Celebrate Our Progress and Challenge the New U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2009 | 9:16 AM

Co-authored by Albina du Boisrouvray

President Obama has nominated a Californian, Eric Goosby, to serve the White House as the Global AIDS Coordinator. As Dr. Goosby embarks on his tremendous mission in Washington, we in the advocacy community warmly welcome him and anticipate working closely together.

Today carries particularly...

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AIG Bonus Money is Kid's Play: Literally

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2009 | 10:03 AM

Dear Mr. Edward Liddy and AIG Financial Products unit in London,

As Capitol Hill erupts with partisan crossfire and accusations over your $165 million bonus money, and lawmakers try to legislate and tax their way out of this colossal conundrum, I have also been sitting in my Washington office thinking...

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Question for Secretary Clinton: What Will the Millions of "Slumdogs" Be When They Grow Up?

(15) Comments | Posted February 23, 2009 | 1:57 PM

Last night's Oscar darling Slumdog Millionaire is gripping millions across the globe. Audiences cheer for Jamal, an impoverished orphan from Mumbai's slums, in hopes he will hit the jackpot on the Indian edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Slumdog has been called "the feel good movie of the...

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