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365: How the Focus on the Super Bowl Hurts Trafficking Victims

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 2:38 PM

What's the biggest event for human trafficking in the U.S.? If you said the Super Bowl, you'd actually be wrong. It's understandable, however that you'd believe that to be the case when it's being touted as such by everyone from Cindy McCain who called it the "largest human...

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A World For Girls

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 5:42 PM

When you're the head of a non-profit organization, there is a constant, ever-present drive for growth; more programs, more funding, more resources, all which translates into more people served, more lives impacted, more success in achieving your mission. As the Founder and CEO of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS),...

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Urban Legends and Hoaxes: How Hyperbole Hurts Trafficking Victims

(14) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 3:17 PM

I can't believe I'm saying this, but for once I agree with a Village Voice story on trafficking. Today's article "The Super Bowl Prostitution Hoax" is about the Super Bowl and the huge influx of trafficking victims that everyone's predicting. And the Voice is right -- it's just...

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The Power Behind Policing Fashion

(6) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 5:35 PM

After long week at work, one of my favorite guilty pleasures is Fashion Police on E! with Joan Rivers. You either love Joan Rivers or hate her, and I'm definitely in the fan camp. She's a fearless woman who speaks her mind, isn't scared of offending people and...

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Me and Amy

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 5:03 PM

Like millions of people around the world this weekend, I'm deeply saddened by the passing of Amy Winehouse, one of the greatest artists of our generation. Amy's death at the young age of 27 is striking a chord with so many people, not just because of her music and gifts...

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The Truth About Why I Do This Work

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 1:16 PM

Melinda sits across from me with a shy smile on her face, after she's just spent the last two hours telling me about her childhood. Her story is a familiar one of failed systems and irresponsible adults, of running away, of vulnerability and predators. It's no less painful to hear...

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A Message to Trafficking Victims that Their Lives Matter

(6) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 12:24 AM

Sara Kruzan was 16 years old when she was charged with killing her 31-year-old pimp, a man who had been grooming her since she was 11 years old and trafficking her since she was 13. Abused as a small child and living with a drug-addicted mother, Sara was the ideal...

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An Open Letter to Jim Buckmaster

(22) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 3:49 PM

Dear Jim,

We met about 18 months ago via video-conference and at that time I shared with you a story of an 11-year-old girl that I was working with. I'm not sure if you remember her, but I'd like to share this story with you again.

"Bethany" had...

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What 'Pimpin' Means And Why It Caused A Celebrity Twitter Feud

(4) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 8:44 PM

There's been a lot of media coverage in the last week of the Twitter 'feud' between Demi Moore and Kim Kardashian. Yet, the glaring omission from all the articles, blogs and commentary is any real analysis of Demi's point -- that we glamorize and glorify pimp culture, use terminology that...

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