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Homeless Kids Need This Stronger Law

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

You can help, right now, right from your computer. The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act needs co-sponsors to smooth its passage through the Senate.

Is Backpage.com Liable?

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

The girls seek damages from Backpage.com -- believed to sell the most online prostitution ads involving children in the country -- for creating an illegal online marketplace and policing it in bad faith. After Backpage.com published their pictures and sales pitches about them, the girls, ages 13 and 15, were repeatedly raped by customers.

Annual Sleep Out Broadway Edition 2014

Yvonna Russell | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
Yvonna Russell

The 4th Annual Sleep Out Broadway Edition is about bringing awareness and support to New York's largest NGO dedicated to providing shelter, food and crisis care for homeless, runaway and at risk youth.

Senate: Please Pass These Anti-Trafficking Laws

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

At Covenant House, the hemisphere's largest movement of programs and shelter services for homeless and trafficked young people, we see far too many kids who have been forced into prostitution.

Recruiting Lawyers to Help Trafficking Survivors

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

I applaud these efforts and others like them. They are proof that it takes an entire community to create a safety net to lift up our neighbors, many of them minors, who have survived being trafficked.

Homeless Kids Hurt by For-Profit Colleges

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

As a result of their aggressive recruiting and their low investment in actual education, for-profit schools saw more than half of the students enrolled in 2008 leave within a median of four months, without a degree or certification, just troublesome debt.

Just One Story, Out of Thousands

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Such bonds can be harder to break than handcuffs, especially when a young person has been told for years that they aren't worth anything, and they have few skills, no diplomas, and few prospects for supporting themselves outside the sex industry.

Federal Court: If You Buy a Girl, You're a Sex Trafficker

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

A U.S. Federal Circuit Court has ruled that customers who arrange for or have sex with children under age 18 are to be considered human traffickers. Wow. That's a big and heavy stick we can use to protect kids who are forced into having sex for someone else's profit.

Don't Pile More Discrimination on LGBTQ Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin M. Ryan

We've watched those caskets lowered into the ground, and grieved at those wakes and funerals, just as many thousands of child advocates all across the country have done. Legislation that endorses discrimination against them will only worsen their isolation and despair.

Want to Fight Trafficking? Fight Homelessness

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 04.23.2014 | New York
Kevin M. Ryan

If we want to fight the sexual exploitation of young people, we absolutely must fight youth homelessness. Kids who don't have a safe place to stay enter a direct pipeline to the pimps and exploiters who recognize their desperation and are waiting to prey on them.

To Stop Traffickers, Stop Their Supply of Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

While there are no firm numbers of how much the forced sex and labor trade expands during the week of the Super Bowl, the influx of hundreds of thousands of visitors means more homeless kids may be put at risk. And make no mistake, vulnerable kids are at risk.

2nd Annual Tubeathon Returns 12/12 As YouTube's Modern Day Telethon

Shira Lazar | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Shira Lazar

After last year's first-ever digital social telethon, What's Trending is thrilled to be teaming up with Ford's Fiesta Movement for the Second Annual T...

Entrepreneurs Sleep On Streets To Aid Homeless Youth

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.22.2013 | Small Business

Why would two founders of a fast-growing New York restaurant chain choose to sleep on the street in November? For the simple reason that, for many New...

My Experience Sleeping on the Streets of New York

Geraldine Laybourne | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Geraldine Laybourne

Three years ago Strauss Zelnick asked me if I would participate in a Covenant House event and sleep out on the streets of NYC in solidarity with homeless youth. I asked no questions. I said YES.

Take Action Today for Homeless Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Once in a while, an opportunity comes along for everyone to take an action to save a life. And it won't hurt a bit. You don't even have to step away from your screen. And I'm asking you to do it Wednesday.

We Need to Protect Kids from Porn

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

No small person should be let loose on this earth without a guardian angel. Most of us have them, human ones, in the shape of moms, dads, grandparents, or other people who believe wholeheartedly that we need to be kept safe when we are children.

Encouraging Steps in Abolishing Human Slavery

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

It goes without saying that most of us want to ramp up -- and win -- the war against human trafficking. America abolished slavery once before, and we can do it again.

Covenant House Missouri Feels like Home

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.15.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

My very first interaction with a Covenant House was years ago when I was going to college to be a drug and alcohol counselor. I applied at Covenant Ho...

Stars Under the Stars for Homeless Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Next week on August 19, more than 50 Broadway stars, composers and directors will meet with homeless youth at Covenant House in New York City, then lie down on a sidewalk and sleep overnight on a small patch of concrete near the Lincoln Tunnel.

Bieber's Mom, Pattie Mallette Writes Book for Her 2 Million Kids

David Duran | Posted 09.10.2013 | Books
David Duran

Pattie Mallette, also know as "Justin Bieber's Mom," came to New York this week to meet with teens at Covenant House, a youth homeless shelter that aims to provide essential services to homeless and runaway teens.

The Women's Equality Act: A No Brainer for New York

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.12.2013 | New York
Taina Bien-Aime

The legislation is testament that we cannot parse out women's rights, drop by drop. It is recognition that if New York doesn't legislate against discrimination, it in effect condones inequality.

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.

1/4 Of Homeless Youth Sex Trafficking Victims, New Study Reveals

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Today we are releasing the findings from one of the largest human trafficking studies among homeless youth in New York history, and the news is numbin...

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.

Balancing Budgets on the Backs of Homeless Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

As Congress has settled on how to fund the U.S. government through September 2013, the only federal program targeted specifically to homeless and trafficked kids, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, is about to be slashed.