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Women's Political Aspirations and Reproductive Rights Remain Destructively Tethered

Michele Goodwin | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

This week, pro-life advocates in Congress struck another heavy blow against equality and reproductive justice by contaminating an otherwise uncontroversial anti-human trafficking bill, which had strong bipartisan support, with anti-abortion restrictions.

Understanding The Deadly Rise In Mediterranean Migration

HuffPost Greece | Katerina Prifti | Posted 04.24.2015 | World

A few years ago, a photograph of a notorious mafia member hung in the office of the Hellenic Coast Guard Security Department. Next to it was a phrase ...

What Makes Selling Your Own Daughter Okay?

Dr. Ludy Green | Posted 04.23.2015 | Impact
Dr. Ludy Green

In both an economic and social toxic environment like this, judging these mothers or reprimanding them for their horrifying mistakes will not help these girls and victims of sex trafficking. Addressing the economic woes of one of Asia's poorest countries is complicated.

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Passes Human Trafficking Bill With Abortion Restrictions On Victims

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed a sex trafficking bill on Wednesday after a bitter, weekslong fight over an anti-abortion provision tucked into it. ...

What are You Playing For? Pitching for a Greater Purpose

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 04.21.2015 | Sports
Jeremy Affeldt

Having a purpose for being a professional athlete will actually help you immensely on the field because you're free from self-absorption. You have a purpose far bigger than yourself, and for me, that purpose is making sure other people have a chance to be successful.

British Businesses Must Disclose How They Fight Slave Labor Under New Law

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact

LONDON, April 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson has defended a new British law designed to stamp out modern...

Sex Trafficking: Should All Perpetrators Be Sentenced As Sex Offenders?

Holly Austin Smith | Posted 04.16.2015 | Impact
Holly Austin Smith

When I first began anti-trafficking advocacy in 2009, I believed any person convicted of human trafficking should face mandatory sentences, including registration as a sex offender if the offense involved sex trafficking minors.

Freedom Seal - A New Tool to Help Businesses Fight Modern-Day Slavery.

Rani Hong | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Rani Hong

The Tronie Foundation is proud to announce the official launch of the Freedom Seal, a powerful and tangible tool to be used in the fight against human slavery.

An Impenetrable Strength: Don't Underestimate Survivors of Trafficking

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 04.09.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth Corey

I am not special in the survivor community. But I think I needed to deal with the stress of the uncertainty by creating a reason that I was special, that I wouldn't fail. It made me feel safer.

Violence Against Women: No Longer Sight Unseen

Lori Sokol | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

Three months later, her amazement has turned into action, which is not surprising from a 34-year-old woman who was strong enough to survive years of sexual violence, which began as early as the age of seven.

NARAL Launches Ads Against GOP Senators Over Human Trafficking Bill

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

NARAL Pro-Choice America launched a TV ad campaign Friday against a handful of GOP senators up for reelection in 2016, lambasting them for their votes...

Women's Reproductive Liberty: A Football in a Match Played By and For Men

Michele Goodwin | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

Pro-life advocates in Congress recently infected an uncontroversial anti-human trafficking bill that had strong bipartisan support with a contentious amendment that prohibits taypayer-funded abortions. Women's reproductive health should not be the euphemistic football in a match played mostly by and for men in Congress.

Why Does Modern Slavery Persist?

Nick Grono | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Nick Grono

here is growing awareness on the part of governments and businesses of their responsibility. Certainly in the West, there is growing political will to tackle modern slavery, which is leading to a stronger regulatory environment, and a slow trickle of change down the supply chain.

Human Trafficking: Are We Effectively Reaching Victims?

Holly Austin Smith | Posted 03.27.2015 | Impact
Holly Austin Smith

Many states are passing laws that require posting of the NHTRC hotline in various locations (e.g. strip clubs and public restrooms) with the intention of reaching victims. However, I worry that some of these efforts are ineffective.

I Was Attacked On Easter Sunday

Lori Sokol | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

This was just one of the countless stories read by women, about women, who would not be alive if not for the support of Donor Direct Action (DDA), an organization which has been providing decades-long support for women.

This Father And Daughter Have Helped Hundreds Of Sex Trade Survivors Find Jobs

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact

Ray Umashankar has given up quite a lot to make the world a better place for Indian girls and women, but the 73-year-old wouldn't have it any other wa...

Trafficking Victims Need More Than Legal Reform

Rory Lancman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Rory Lancman

We're missing something. While we reconfigure the legal paradigm to recognize the inherent humanity of trafficked women, we have failed to provide them with the services their humanity requires.

The Freedom to Hope and Dream: A Survivor's Journey from Brothel to Assistant Creative Director

To The Market | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
To The Market

The Parable of the Starfish goes like this: an old man walking on a beach sees a young boy throwing starfish back into the water one by one.

'Pretty Woman' and the Ugly Truth About Prostitution

Marian Hatcher | Posted 04.18.2015 | Impact
Marian Hatcher

Prostitution as portrayed in Pretty Woman is just about as far as you can get from the truth. Prostitution is ugly. Most of it is sex trafficking. It's intriguing to read that the movie's script originally was written as a dark, cautionary tale. That, from my perspective as a survivor, gets at the sad reality.

Dianne Feinstein Womansplains Why Democrats Aren't Backing Off Fight Over Anti-Abortion Proposal

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) went head to head with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) Wednesday on the Senate floor, explaining exactly why nearly every ...

The Human Face of Human Trafficking

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Human faces get lost in congressional rancor. Senators accuse one another of subterfuge and betrayal. Republicans accuse Democrats of one thing, Democrats accuse Republicans of another.

Senate Dem Office Concedes Aide Knew Of Abortion Provision

AP | DAVID ESPO & ERICA WERNER | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate moved toward a fresh vote on stalled human trafficking legislation on Wednesday as a Democratic senator's office belatedl...

Amanda Terkel

Lone House Democratic Co-Sponsor Of Trafficking Bill Jumps Ship Over Anti-Abortion Provision

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans just lost the one Democratic co-sponsor they had on a bill aimed at curbing human trafficking. Rep. Carolyn Malone...

End Modern Slavery (Everywhere But Here)

Robert J. Benz | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Benz

In the U.S., we need funding to educate young people to prevent them from becoming victims of human trafficking. We need funding to train members of our communities to recognize and respond to incidents of human trafficking. We need funding for health and social services to support the victims of human trafficking.

One Way Forward in Ending Modern Slavery: Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies

Jenny Eaton Dyer | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Jenny Eaton Dyer

We are at an opportune moment to look at the broad range of issues we must address in order to achieve the Committee's goal. Among them are the health needs of women and children worldwide.