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The President's Trade Deal Struggles Because It's Bad Policy

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a 12-country NAFTA-style trade deal with two serious problems. It doesn't work, and it's bad for democracy.

The World They Deserve: Join The Global Moms Relay

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

The Global Moms Relay is one of my favorite HuffPost traditions, a collaborative effort to tap into our collective gratitude and love, not only for our own mothers, but for all mothers around the world. This year's theme is "What kind of world do you want for your family in 2030?" And we're using the HuffPost platform to bring more and more voices into this conversation and harness the power of social media for good.

Drug Cartels: Where Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling Meet Today

Ana Davila | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Ana Davila

Much is said about the difficulties undocumented immigrants face due to the recent security measures taken in the Mexico-U.S border, but little attention is devoted to the role that Mexican drug cartels have played in reshaping the human smuggling dynamics in the last few years.

Conversation With My Daughter About Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

As we take turns pushing her one-year-old brother in his stroller, my daughter asks me why people don't just stay away from bad people, then they won't be trafficked. I tell her that usually the story starts out with hope.

What Is the Value of a Woman?

Sheridan Kesselman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
Sheridan Kesselman

When it comes to wages, while not as horrific as the circumstances described above, American women still lag far behind men in their pay for doing the same jobs.

Sex Trafficking: How Activist and Survivor Ele DeRomano Uses Her Past to Help Others

Holly Austin Smith | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Holly Austin Smith

STARS is a survivor-based organization dedicated to supporting and empowering young women who have experienced or are at high risk of commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking. It offers a unique crisis intervention program with personalized case management.

Our Sons

Becca Stevens | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Becca Stevens

For the past 20 years, several of us have raised our sons while working alongside survivors of trafficking, genocide and addiction. This summer, our sons have all come to work at Thistle Farms, the community we helped build.

Our TPP Negotiators are Determined to Win the Race to the Bottom

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

If the administration and House members shrug off Malaysia's poor human rights record, they are sending a message to the rest of the Malaysian economy and any other country that competes against Malaysia in the global economy: The U.S. will not enforce global rules on human trafficking.

Record Numbers Risk Lives at Sea and Find Closed Doors

Gerry Simpson | Posted 06.04.2015 | World
Gerry Simpson

Across the world, unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers and migrants are turning to boat smugglers and risking or losing their lives in the world's oceans. So far this year at least 1,800 people have drowned in the Mediterranean. Instead of mustering life-saving political will, countries are responding with policies to keep them out and deter others from heading their way.

Laura Barron-Lopez

The U.S. Just Launched A Crime Strike Force In This Booming Oil Patch

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the largest shale formations responsible for America’s oil boom has a crime problem. Point blank: It wouldn’t be far off ...

See the World Through Migrants' Eyes

William Lacy Swing | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
William Lacy Swing

The Thai government's clampdown has toppled one pillar of this grotesque smuggling infrastructure, but the edifice still stands and the smugglers will seek new ways to exploit desperate people.

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Agenda Rewards U.S. Companies That Profit From Slavery

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's effort to include Malaysia in a major pending trade pact has baffled human rights advocates, who see it as a re...

TPP Reduces Human Trafficking and Child Labor to Misdemeanors

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

Last week, President Obama's credibility on trade policy took another punch in the neck. For months, arguments in favor of the huge new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership have fallen flat with the public. His "hit parade of failed arguments" gives the deal an air of desperation.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Menendez Urges House To Keep Malaysia Out Of Obama's Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Citing Malaysia’s abysmal slavery record, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) urged the House on Monday to ensure his provision blocking the...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Obama's Trade Deal Is Tangled In The Intricate Web Of Malaysia's Slavery Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's push for legislation that would enable the U.S. to strike a major trade deal with 11 other countries has gotten...

My Family's Multiethnic Makeup Changed the Way I Shop

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

Living in multiple worlds, none that I entirely fit, isn't a deficit. Instead, I feel it has allowed me to see outside the box. I am no one thing and therefore no one culture or experience defines me.

Zach Carter

Warren Pushes White House To Keep Slavery Ban In Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

BOSTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday decried efforts by the Obama administration to undermine an anti-slavery measure that the Senate...

Trafficked Migrants Face New Horrors As Hostages Held At Sea

The Guardian | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

Thousands of Bangladeshi and ethnic Rohingya migrants are being held in huge cargo ships by human traffickers in the Andaman Sea, according to testimo...

Is the TPP Okay With Slavery? Really?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

The President does not want an anti-slavery provision in what he calls the "most progressive trade deal of all time" because it would keep a country noted for its egregious slave trade out of the treaty? I have to admit this bothers me just a little. Okay, a massive amount.

Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing.

Ryan Grim

How The White House And Paul Ryan Are Making Sure Forced Labor Remains Part Of Their Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives will quickly get down to unfinished business once it returns from the holiday recess: defending trading par...

Bangladesh Premier Complains 'Mentally Sick' Migrants Are Hurting National Image

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has unleashed a tirade of frustration and anger at the migrant crisis in the South Asian seas. Yet her outrag...

Dozens Of Eastern European Women Lured To West For Sham Marriages Each Year

AP | SYLVIA HUI and KAREL JANICEK | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

LONDON (AP) — Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had...

Malaysia Exhumes Mass Graves At Migrant Traffickers Camp

AP | EILEEN NG | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

BUKIT WANG BURMA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave Tuesday at an abandoned jungle camp used by human tr...

Keeping Orphans Out of Slavery

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 05.22.2015 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

When I was in Asia in April, I was inspired to start an educational foundation. I founded a school in Nepal 25 years ago, the Trungram International Academy, which teaches over 400 students a year, and I wanted to extend that opportunity to more children.