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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.

Zach Carter

Human Trafficking Still Plagues Obama's Trade Ambitions

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Tuesday threatened to do "everything possible to have a floor fight" if President Barack Obama undercut...

Hell Island

Tricia McCallum | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Tricia McCallum

A boat packed with Haitian refugees was driven ashore one storm-tossed night this past winter on one of the Bahamian out islands.

Exploitation After Nepal's Earthquakes -- Here's How to Prevent It

Nick Grono | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Nick Grono

Clearly Nepal needs our help more than ever. And amongst all the help it is getting, there must be a sustained effort to fight modern slavery in all its forms, as Nepal has long suffered disproportionately from this crime against humanity.

"Boat People" in Southeast Asia: 1979 and 2015

Richard Walden | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Richard Walden

We need to remind the younger officials and leaders in the recipient countries that this has happened before and that pushing new or potential arrivals away from their shores condemns them almost certainly to death or imposes severe risks to their health and well-being.

Ruthless $570-Per-Child Traffickers Exploit Nepal Tragedy

Gordon Brown | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

At least 950,000 children in Nepal are in makeshift tents, on the streets or simply out of school and will not be able to return for months unless urgent action is taken. With all classrooms closed until May 29, in a country which in recent years has lost 200,000 girls to cross-border trafficking and exploitation, fears are now growing that children consigned to the streets or camps may be easy prey.

Baby Markets and the New Motherhood: Reproducing Hierarchy in Commercial Intimacy

Michele Goodwin | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

The reality is that family-making today increasingly includes a mixture of sophisticated science, contracts, and negotiations. Unfortunately, at times some of that negotiating is characterized by unequal bargaining power, coercion, international outsourcing, and mechanized deliveries.

Human Trafficking Survivors Cannot Wait

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Advocates and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have come together to elevate the rights of survivors and bring justice and healing to victims of human trafficking all across the United States. It is now time for the House to finish the job by taking up and passing the Senate bill without further delay. Survivors are counting on them.

Zach Carter

Why Obama Wants To Torpedo A Plan To Fight Human Trafficking

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The biggest threat to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda may be a plan to fight human trafficking, which threatens to reshuffle a m...

Going After the Buyers in Commercial Sex Trafficking

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.04.2015 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

Our law enforcement efforts should focus on the adults soliciting or selling children. I am pleased to unite with our partners in DC to send the message: Buyers beware, you cannot hide and you will now face the consequences.

Truck Drivers Can Help Fight Sex Trafficking. Here's How

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact

Bo Quickel understands the way to stop sex trafficking comes down to simple economics. "I want to end slavery," he told WLTX News. "So in order to ...

The Average Hipster Employs 27 Slaves Each Day. Here's How To Change That

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact

Updated on May 7, 2015; 12:30 p.m. EST. Hipsters may value social progress, but their coffee habits say otherwise. That's according to the team ...

Right Wing Congress Puts Religion Over People

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

As a nation, we must decide in the very near future whether protecting religious ideology is more important than protecting the vulnerable among us. Congress may have started down the wrong path on this issue, but the American people can pressure our elected representatives to reverse this course.

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.