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Human Trafficking

Part I: Trauma Training Should Be Mandatory for Yoga Teachers

Margaret Howard | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Margaret Howard

The environment of the yoga class is particularly ripe for trauma triggering because of its inherently intimate nature, arising out of the integration of mind and body and the teacher's position as a leader and spiritual or physical authority, and the fact that trauma can be held in the body.

Forced Into Prostitution -- and Denied a Lifeline

Florrie Burke | Posted 07.15.2013 | New York
Florrie Burke

Some may argue that prosecutors need every tool at their disposal to find traffickers and hold them accountable. But allowing condoms to continue to be used as evidence in trafficking cases would be detrimental to the health of the very people we are trying to help.

Why It Takes So Long to Open a Safe House

Amirah | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgThe idea of creating safe homes in the U.S. that provide whole-person restorative care for adult trafficking survivors is surprisingly new, so there's no proven blueprint for how to do it.

Restore Hope to Victims of Human Trafficking

Made By Survivors | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Made By Survivors

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgIn our experience, abject poverty is a common factor for victims of human trafficking.

Momentum Grows to End Human Trafficking

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Too often, those of us who fight against human slavery beat our heads against the walls of misinformation and prejudice.

Keeping Up the Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Valerie Jarrett

As the girls described the atrocities they had suffered -- in many cases, for years -- my blood boiled. How on earth could this happen time and time again, right here in our community? How could the internet be used so blatantly as a tool to sell our children into slavery?

Opportunity, Dignity and Hope for Victims of Sex Trafficking

Joy Bitonio | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
Joy Bitonio

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgNo matter where you are on the globe, we are all women. Let's challenge each other to accomplish small victories that lead to real change by taking action now.

A "Volunteer Vacation"

Catalyst Foundation | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
Catalyst Foundation

Catalyst Foundation has had amazing volunteers since July 1999. We have enlisted the help of hundreds of people from around the globe -- ones that found us during a random Internet searches, families that have adopted from Vietnam, young Vietnamese American college and high school students, war veterans, teachers and friends.

Young Woman Prostituted Teen For $70, Cops Say

Posted 05.07.2013 | Crime

A 20-year-old Iowa woman is suspected of pimping out a 16-year-old girl. Brittany Lanier, of Des Moines, allegedly used the teen in a prostitution ...

Awareness: The First Step to Ending Women's Marginalization

Lauren Bates | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Lauren Bates

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgFor six months I traveled through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia and Nepal. I was curious about what it was like to be a woman in all of these places. I began to realize how deeply rooted these gender issues are.

Technology to Fight Modern Slavery

Bradley Myles | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Bradley Myles

Human trafficking and slavery is in all of our backyards. It exists in nearly every country on earth and is a $32 billion industry. Technology can also be a powerful force to stop traffickers and help victims of this abuse find help. But there is still more we can do.

Reports: Possible Human Trafficking At Saudi Compound In Virginia

Posted 07.01.2013 | DC

A Saudi Arabian diplomatic compound in Virginia is under investigation after law enforcement officials came into contact with possible "victims of hum...

A Labor of Love

Catalyst Foundation | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Catalyst Foundation

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgI do expect all humans to have the same blessings that we all have. I do believe all young girls should be given a chance at dignity. I do work tirelessly so parents are given a chance to care for their family.

The Hope That Education Brings

Apne Aap | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Apne Aap

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgIn the red light area, children's access to mainstream education, health and protection services are often blocked due to stigma.

Uniting Against Sex Trafficking

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

Today, approximately 27 million people around the globe are forced into slavery-two thirds into sex slavery. And Jews are not exempt from this.

Hidden In Plain Sight: A Story Of Human Trafficking

AVODAH | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion

Victims can be found on street corners, in brothels and in agricultural fields throughout the country and around the world. If you've ever been to a large sporting event, a nail salon or a massage parlor, then you likely have contributed to a system that enables and supports trafficking.

Supporting Former Slave Laborers in Building New Lives

Pranitha Timothy | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Pranitha Timothy

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgIt's a powerful thing to watch a child, man or woman walk free from the rice mill, factory or brick kiln where he or she was enslaved.

Domestic Workers Sow a New Global Movement

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

The household is a deeply traditional and extraordinarily modern, intensely global and local, workplace. Linking work and family, public and private, domestic workers are schooling the labor movement in new concepts of respect, self-determination and social equity.

Say No To Slave And Sex Trafficking

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 06.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Why should LGBT people care? All social issues are LGBT issues, and around 10 percent of the millions of people who are trafficked are LGBT. As citizens of the world, we cannot just care about issues that we think are "ours." If we are human, then human trafficking is about all of us.

The Faith Community's Role In Ending Modern-Day Slavery

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld

We commit ourselves and call upon people of conscience around the country to join this growing movement of modern-day abolitionists committed to eradicating the horror of slavery, growing every day around the globe.

The "End It" Movement: Are These Truths Self-evident?

Kenneth Robinson | Posted 04.05.2013 | Impact
Kenneth Robinson

We ask you to make a choice. Take up a worthy cause. Be a part of history. On Tuesday, April 9, a worthy organization known as END IT will make its ...

Big People-Smuggling Syndicate Broken Up

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.05.2013 | World

Hong Kong officials said Friday they had smashed a syndicate that used fake documents to smuggle mainland Chinese into Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Au...

Sex Trafficking: High Tech's Humanitarian Revolt Against the Johns

Rebekah Iliff | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Rebekah Iliff

Every year, against their will, scared, alone and traumatized, 2 million children are forced to have sex. What if those being held as modern-day slaves could harness accessible technology to flip the script?

There's More to Naghma's Story

Wayne Nelson | Posted 06.01.2013 | Media
Wayne Nelson

Naghma's story has become a heartbreaking example of the plight of women and the poor in Afghanistan, calling into question how much the United States and its allies have really achieved after a decade of war in protecting Afghanistan's most vulnerable.

Brides for 'Sale'

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Rym Tina Ghazal

As the conflict in Syria rages on, with no respite in sight, desperation is hitting Syrians hard. And there are many around to take full advantage of it. But to actually receive a message offering Syrian brides showed me just how bad the situation has now become.