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Jessica Prois
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Executive Editor of HuffPost Impact, HuffPost Good News

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How Humor Can Help Boost Causes We Should All Give A Sh*t About

(3) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 6:17 PM

When it comes to the dark arts of moving people from apathy to action, here's who's cracked the code and discovered the most effective solution just might be laughter.

At a South by Southwest panel Tuesday, comedy experts took to the stage to discuss how being funny can be useful...

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Global Movement Against Child Marriage Grows Stronger

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 10:17 AM

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Marcia Almeida was a child bride at the age of 16 in Mozambique, where more than half of all girls marry before they are 18.

MAPUTO, Mozambique –- Marcia Almeida holds her 3-month-old daughter inside a patterned capulana, a sarong that doubles as a...

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Patients React To Their HIV Tests In Nation With One Of The Highest Rates

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 3:30 PM

MAPUTO, Mozambique -- Sitting outside her home with a thatched roof made mostly of reeds, Maria Amelia, 46, was preparing to take her first-ever HIV test. She was slightly anxious and made an admission that explained why.

"Honestly I've never used [a condom] before. I cannot lie to you,"...

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Teens Circumcised To Reduce HIV Risk In Mozambique Shift Gender Norms Surrounding Sex

(140) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 8:27 AM

MANHICA, Mozambique -- A group of boys and teens queued up outside a registration tent at a male circumcision clinic last week, looking almost as if they were waiting in line at a baseball game concession stand. They played cards and traded breezy jokes, waiting to go in for their...

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10 Times Women Were Anything But Underrepresented During U.N. Week

(7) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 1:04 PM

During this year's U.N. Week, women did werk -- especially for other women.

Politicians, human rights advocates, corporate executives and many others gathered in New York City this week to discuss some of the world's most pressing crises -- and make public pledges to help solve them. Here are...

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How Robin Williams Inspired Kids to Become Teachers...or Just Drop Out and Join a Band

(4) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:47 PM

As a teacher, there are metaphorical life lessons you probably shouldn't impart on your students. For example, author Peter DeVries once offered the storied advice: "Write drunk and revise sober." Not exactly bulletin board material.

Though the preceding proverb is more philosophical than literal, there are much...

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'If Asians Said The Stuff White People Say' Probably Resonates With Most Ethnic Minorities

(106) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 12:12 PM

The eye-opening, spot-on video above features Asian actors hurling subversive stereotypes toward white actors. No casualties reported.

The good-humored BuzzFeed clip, "If Asians Said The Stuff White People Say," flips the script on stereotypes against Asian people, breaking it down with examples that take a dig at topics...

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Nicholas Kristof On Somaly Mam, Anti-Sex Slavery Activist: I Wish I 'Had Never Written About Her'

(7) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 1:19 PM

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is now expressing doubt about the backstory of Somaly Mam, an anti-human trafficking advocate whom he's written extensively about and regarded as a personal "hero."

Kristof wrote in a blog post "When Sources May Have Lied" this weekend that "I now wish...

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Nigerian Girls Kidnapping Is A Serious Human Trafficking Issue. Here's What's Being Done (LIVE UPDATES)

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Updated: Monday, May 12, 10:39 a.m. EST

For the nearly 300 girls in northern Nigeria kidnapped by Islamic extremists, going to school was a risk worth taking. They were set to become global leaders, teachers or lawyers in a region where only 4 percent of girls complete secondary...

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Gabby Giffords Writes Moving Tribute To Malala For Time Magazine Influencers List

(14) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 7:06 PM

Malala Yousafzai and Gabrielle Giffords both know bravery and perseverance.

So it's only fitting that the former congresswoman was chosen to profile the Pakistani teen activist, named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" Wednesday.

Giffords wrote for Time that she, like many...

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The #CancelColbert Response Has Basically Amounted To Hate Spewing. Good Job, America

(294) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 10:50 AM

After various Internet camps circled their wagons in response to the #CancelColbert campaign, everyone's favorite incisive pundit himself called upon people during Monday night's show to stop the pointed racist and misogynistic comments. And for good reason.

"Now all of this was started by a hashtag activist, or...

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1 Child Dies Every 21 Seconds From A Water-Related Disease. Here's What You Can Do

(13) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 10:36 AM

Though the stats about the global water crisis remain grim, major progress is being made in one of the most critical areas: child deaths.

On the annual World Water Day, nonprofit Water.org is raising awareness for those who lack clean water access and pointing to the fact that

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Super Bowl And Human Trafficking: What You Need To Know

(164) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Numerous media reports have indicated that beyond the theatrics of the halftime show and the fanfare in the bleachers, there lurks a dark side to the Super Bowl: human trafficking.

But with an uptick in awareness surrounding trafficking -- in this case, transporting people for the purposes of forced labor...

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How To Help South Sudan After 200,000 Displaced From Homes

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 1:14 PM

As pressure mounts for South Sudan to end weeks of violence that have pushed the world's youngest nation to the brink of civil war, a state of emergency was declared Wednesday.

President Salva Kiir made the call in the states of Unity and Jonglei after more than 1,000...

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Occupy Madison Doing For Homeless People What 'Government Won't'

(135) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 2:09 PM

Those who say the "Occupy" movement didn't do anything concrete should take note of one local group that has hammered out real proof of its impact.

Occupy Madison Build, or OM Build, completed its first "tiny home" -- replete with shutters and coordinating paint -- for homeless individuals in Wisconsin...

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What Christmas Is Like For A Working Poor Family Earning $10,000 A Year (And How To Help)

(587) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 10:56 AM

Rachel Britton had hoped to buy a ham for her family this Christmas. It didn't even have to be perfectly glazed or have all the fixings.

But she won't be able to afford it. Britton and her husband, Terry, and 11-year-old son, Justin, are living on a net income of...

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Charity: water Raised Enough Money In One Night To Help 60,000 People

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 2:26 PM

Charity: water reminded us all that it's truly the season of abundance by raising major funds for those who go without the world's most basic need -- water.

The nonprofit, which supports clean water projects in some of the world's poorest areas, raised more than $4 million in a...

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Nelson Mandela Losing Son To AIDS Was Turning Point In Activism, Awareness

(16) Comments | Posted December 7, 2013 | 12:59 PM

Updated Dec. 8, 2013 3:25 p.m. EST

In what some have said was a watershed moment, former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday, helped change the course of AIDS awareness on Jan. 6, 2005.

It was then that Mandela announced in his home to reporters, "My son...

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Giving Tuesday Is Selfless Response To Black Friday, Cyber Monday (LIVEBLOG)

(5) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 9:08 AM

Between the extra helpings and extra items in the cart, you might forget the holidays aren't actually about taking, but giving rather.

And Giving Tuesday, celebrated on Dec. 3 this year, provides a gateway into just that. In its second year, the new "holiday" of sorts offers a...

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An Adoption Awareness Month Request: Check Your Prejudices

(316) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:29 PM

Updated Nov. 30, 2013

That awkward moment when people think you and your dad are married.

And that's not just rhetorical Internet speak.

My parents and I just got back from a cruise to the Bahamas and two people on separate occasions asked me if I was my...

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