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Lara Janson

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Tales From the Census Trail: The Price of Peddling Porn

(43) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 1:31 PM

I may be a Census-taker now, but only a month ago, I was at your door, selling porn. The funny thing is, I didn't think much of it, despite my background working against the exploitation of women. I never imagined I'd be asking "Playboy included?" on a daily basis, yet...

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Tales From the Census Trail: Know Your Rights

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2010 | 3:02 PM

There are a lot of serious questions surrounding the Census. You have right to privacy and confidentiality. Don't be fooled: many people will take advantage of Census 2010 to conduct improper interviews, canvas houses, or to strike up...

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Tales From the Census Trail: Lara's Bit

(14) Comments | Posted April 10, 2010 | 5:30 PM

I applied for the Census Bureau several months ago, shortly after Christmas. I had settled in Chicago after the holidays, hoping I'd find a place in the anti-human trafficking movement there. One organization told me they'd love to take me on but didn't expect to have the funding to hire...

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Tales From the Census Trail: Count Us in!

(14) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 5:12 PM

If we had to estimate the number of American citizens who've suffered some form of humiliating failure during this recession, we'd guess 50 million. Maybe higher. We're not experts at counting citizens yet, but we think there's a high density of people just like us who have lost all pride,...

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