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Is the New York Times Endorsing Legalization of Prostitution?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Our culture's current lack of understanding of women as full human beings must evolve into a conviction that indivisible rights include freedom from unfettered male sexual access, from female genital mutilation to child marriage; from reproductive health to sexual violence; from sexual harassment to prostitution. Achieving equality depends on it.

Five Harmful Myths About Human Trafficking

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 01.17.2017 | Impact
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

Human trafficking is complicated. It's kept under wraps, overlooked, and often ignored. Few reliable studies exist about its prevalence. As a result, it's often hard to separate myth from fact when trying to understand this horrific abuse of human rights.

Giving Domestic Violence the Attention It Deserves

Kassandra Fotiadis | Posted 09.25.2016 | College
Kassandra Fotiadis

From May to August, I interned at two domestic violence nonprofits. My understanding of women's rights was flipped on its head in just a few months.

'If You Build It, They Will Come': The Survivor Clinic Tackles Sex Trafficking in New York City

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Born in Russia and raised in Chicago, Dr. Geynisman founded the Survivor Clinic in July 2013 to serve women who have survived or are surviving gender violence, including sexual violence and female genital mutilation.

Pretty Woman Hides an Ugly Reality

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

The Today Show's celebration of this fantasy misses the reality that prostitution is rarely light, loving or funny. In the quarter century since the film's release, we know much more about the links between prostitution and human trafficking.

With the Super Bowl in Sight, the NFL Must Have Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence in 2015

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

The NFL missed the mark in many, many ways. But that doesn't mean they can't rectify those mistakes as they gear up for a new season. Moreover, the NFL inadvertently launched a national dialogue around domestic violence -- a dialogue that we all need to continue.

Let's Transcend Petty Politics and Pass the TVJPA

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 08.19.2014 | New York
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

I came to two realizations: For these women, prostitution was not a choice, but an act of necessity and coercion -- sex trafficking. And because sex trafficking is an often misunderstood issue driven by complex criminal networks of pimps and johns, an effective response by government and law enforcement would be necessary to curtail the crime.

Domestic Violence Is Not Merely a Type of 'Violence'

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

If a victim of domestic violence does not exhibit broken bones, bruises, or other visceral signs of abuse, has he or she still experienced domestic violence? Absolutely.

Combatting Human Slavery at the United Nations

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

If we could do half as good a job of creating a meaningful taboo in the United States around buying and selling young people for sex as we do around smoking, we'd be so much further along the road to eliminating demand.

Bystanders No More

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

Whether you are a man or a woman, challenge yourself to be aware of how your inaction supports sexism and homophobia.

The Super Bowl Could Never Not Be Breeding Grounds For Sexual Exploitation

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

Some claim that concerns about a link between sex trafficking and the Super Bowl are overblown, hyperbolic, or, simply, myth. Some have even suggested that a strong law enforcement response is harmful to victims. While it is unfortunately true that there have been arrests of prostituted women in Super Bowl-related policing--a counterproductive strategy that discourages victims from seeking desperately needed police protection--law enforcement is right to step up efforts to investigate trafficking on the eve of the Super Bowl.

September 11th: Running a Marathon for Sanctuary

Ruth Gerson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

It was the coming together of circumstances. It was three kinds of home. My home, NYC, my husband's home, Massachusetts, and Sanctuary, a home for families, people I've met and listened to their testimonies.

The Fight Is on Against Child Sex Trafficking in New York State

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 08.06.2013 | New York
Kevin M. Ryan

The bill, known as the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, declares that 16- and 17-year-olds who are arrested for prostitution are victims in need of services, not criminals. Right now only youth through age 15 get that protection. Hitting your Sweet 16 birthday shouldn't mean that you no longer need justice.

Hidden In Plain Sight: A Story Of Human Trafficking

AVODAH | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
AVODAH

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.

Zero Tolerance in Our Backyards: Ending Female Genital Mutilation

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 04.08.2013 | New York
Taina Bien-Aime

Only after increased beatings by her "husband" did Khadija's father allow her to move into his brother's Bronx home a few blocks away. There, Khadija overheard her aunt calling family in the Gambia announcing their arrival and arranging the "cuts" for her two American daughters.