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Marlen Suyapa Bodden
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Human rights attorney and author Marlen Suyapa Bodden has more than 20 years on the front lines representing disadvantaged and immigrant workers in New York. She tapped into this experience and knowledge of human trafficking, human rights abuses, and modern day slavery to write her first novel, The Wedding Gift, set in pre-Civil War times and based on an actual Alabama court case. Bodden is a graduate of Tufts University and earned her law degree from New York University School of Law. She currently resides in Stamford, CT.

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12 Most Twisted Families in Books

(48) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 12:47 PM

The authors who inspire me simply do not care for normality among kin, probably because such families are dull. When I was writing "The Wedding Gift" I re-read "The Fall of the House of Usher" multiple times and that tale certainly got me in the mood to write...

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5 Weeks for Freedom on the Underground Railroad

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 4:35 PM

A team of bike riders, all ordinary people, will attempt to cycle 1,800 miles of the Underground Railroad over five weeks to raise awareness about modern day slavery.

The campaign, a program of the International Justice Mission, an anti-slavery organization, will...

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Still No One to Turn to: Child Sexual Abuse by Aid Workers and UN Peacekeepers

(3) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 6:11 PM

Aid workers, peacekeepers, and other local and foreign staff associated with the official international community commit significant levels of sexual violence and abuse against children, with much of the abuse going unreported, said Save the Children UK, in a 2008 report (located below) based on fieldwork visits to...

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USDA Says Genetically-Engineered Alfalfa is Safe for Environment

(20) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 12:06 PM

On June 24, 2009 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case (Geertson Seed Farms v. Monsanto) where plaintiffs, a coalition of organic and conventional alfalfa growers and the Center for Food Safety, sued the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which...

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Violence and the Threat of Violence: The Slave Owner's Age-Old Tools

(14) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 12:05 PM

Years ago, when I told a friend that I was researching American slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to write my historical novel, "The Wedding Gift," set in 19th century Alabama before the Civil War, she asked: "Why didn't slaves just run away?" I said that some did and of...

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Justice Sotomayor: Right-Wing on the Death Penalty?

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 2:01 PM

The Conservative bloc and its media allies, including Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, denounced Sonia Sotomayor when President Obama nominated her for the Supreme Court. The Right proclaimed that Sotomayor was going to be a leftist Latina "activist" judge. In all the hoopla over Citizens United v. FEC, the campaign...

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Haitian Quake Orphans: Tens of Thousands New Child Slaves?

(4) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 8:55 AM

There are reports that the earthquake in Haiti created tens of thousands of orphaned children. Some anti-slavery advocates believe that the new orphans will end up as child slaves, compounding an already complex situation in Haiti where, before the quake, there were already an estimated 300,000 children, known as restavecs,...

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The Emancipation Proclamation of 2010

(9) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 2:48 PM

On January 4, 2010, President Obama issued a proclamation that January 2010 is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in an annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1. The 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, noted the president, became effective on January 1 and the 13th Amendment was sent...

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