Thursday October 09, 2014 at 11:33

A New Tool in Combating Modern Slavery

A New Tool in Combating Modern Slavery

The Polaris Project, a phenomenal DC-based anti-trafficking organization (which also happens to be the coordinator of the human trafficking hotline –888 37373 888)  just launched an amazing new program called the Global Modern Slavery Directory–read this letter from the CEO and check out the program!!

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Dear Friends,

I am honored to announce that today we are launching the Global Modern…

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Friday October 03, 2014 at 14:47

New California State Human Trafficking Legislation

New California State Human Trafficking Legislation

This past weekend California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a whole slew of forward thinking legislation—from a ban on plastic bags, addressing the mounting issue of environmental degradation, to the Yes Means Yes law, regarding sexual assault, to seven, I repeat SEVEN new pieces of legislation furthering the state’s stance against human trafficking. These laws increase the rights of…

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Wednesday August 20, 2014 at 9:59

First Human Trafficking Commission Meeting

This summer, I have been interning for Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, researching for her newly formed…

First Human Trafficking Commission Meeting

This summer, I have been interning for Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, researching for her newly formed…

Wednesday July 23, 2014 at 12:18

Biking for Change

A quick story of advocacy published in the Arizona Daily Sun to light up your afternoon:

“Friends bike across country to fight human trafficking Bike Fundraiser

L to R Jono Mullins, Tommy Kenney, Brent Kozel, Dustin Alewine and Dan Johnson are riding their bikes across teh country from Chicago to Orange County, Calif. with the goal of raising money and awareness about human trafficking. http://www.bike…

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Tuesday July 15, 2014 at 15:50

Samsung Breaks off Ties with Chinese Supplier

It is easy to say that child labor is rampant in the production of all sorts of goods that we consume and use on a daily basis, but it is so much harder to trace that child labor in the supply chain and refuse to support it.

Samsung Breaks off Ties with Chinese Supplier

It is easy to say that child labor is rampant in the production of all sorts of goods that we consume and use on a daily basis, but it is so much harder to trace that child labor in the supply chain and refuse to support it.

Friday July 11, 2014 at 1:23

Photos That Bear Witness to Modern Slavery

Photos That Bear Witness to Modern Slavery

“I want to shine a light on slavery. When I was working in the field, I brought lots of candles with me, and with the help of my interpreter, I imparted to the people I was photographing that I wanted to illuminate their stories and their plight, so when it was safe for them, and safe for me, I made these images. They knew their image would be seen by you out in the world. I wanted them to know…

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Tuesday July 08, 2014 at 11:54

Just Missing? Or is this Human Trafficking?

Just Missing? Or is this Human Trafficking?

A girl has gone missing in Washington and it looks like this is a sutation of human trafficking. Keep your eyes out and hold her in your heart. King 5 News posted an article about her:

Police Fear Missing Washington Girl May Be Trafficking Victim

by Wayne Havrelly / KGW

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 8:23 AM

CAMAS, Wash. — Anji Dean’s family can’t believe no one has seen or heard from her since…

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Saturday July 05, 2014 at 2:32

acro-uprising:

Nikita Zhestovskiy, Anatolii Volf, Igor Tarapat and Erlan Ibraev, RUS2014 World Age Group Competition, LevalloisDay 1Photo by Joel Olivier

acro-uprising:

Nikita Zhestovskiy, Anatolii Volf, Igor Tarapat and Erlan Ibraev, RUS
2014 World Age Group Competition, Levallois
Day 1
Photo by Joel Olivier

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Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 15:25

FBI Crackdown on MyRedbook

FBI Crackdown on MyRedbook

MyRedbook, essentially a site where clients can scroll through women to buy, has been notorious for its perpetuation of human trafficking. Traffickers post their victims on the site, along with bogus descriptions and concocted ages, allowing them to reach clients easily. Finally, the site has been seized by the FBI as a part of a national crackdown on sex trafficking, rescuing a slew of victims.

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Thursday June 05, 2014 at 0:20

I’ve Seen Death

I’ve seen death
Death isn’t the fairytale 
in which the person gets swept up
into a funnel of blinding light
to be carried off to heaven
for an eternal life of twirling and relaxing
Death happens in the dark
Death looks like a black swamp spitting out of the mouth
Death smells rotten, as if all the bad is leaking out of the crevices
in which it hid for so long
Death numbs the fingers, whitens the face
Death grabs onto color and runs away with it, leaving emptiness
Death is garbled words and incoherent grunts
Death is blank stares
Death sounds like phones ringing, doorbells ringing, ears ringing, hands wringing
Death is a series of visits—from those who are wanted, those who are needed, and those who barely fit into the picture
Death is a loss of words
Death is a flurry of memories
Death is the fluctuation of emotion
of manic laughter and inconsolable tears
Death is anticipation
of life after death, 
of life minus the dead
Death tastes like food, too much food, food no one feels like eating, but does anyway
Death is a list of to-dos
of calls to make
of arrangements to make
of preparations to make
Death does not embody life
Death takes only the mere shadow of a person’s life
Death cannot take away the living, it can only take away the almost-dead
But death can touch the very much alive
with its all-consumning presence
Death is an omnivore
Deaths spares no one
Death grasps us all 
Sometimes death shows mercy
Sometimes none at all
I’ve seen death
and I hope to never see it again
But I know right now
that as a human being, I will have to experience 
death time and time again.
written June 2, 2014, the day my Opi passed away

Tuesday May 27, 2014 at 12:30

I love being a girl.
I can feel what you’re feeling
as you’re feeling it inside
the feeling
before.
I am an emotional creature.
Things do not come to me
as intellectual theories or hard-shaped ideas.
They pulse through my organs and legs
and burn up my ears.
I know when your girlfriend’s really pissed off
even though she appears to give you what
you want.
I know when a storm is coming.
I can feel the invisible stirrings in the air.
I can tell you he won’t call back.
It’s a vibe I share.

I am an emotional creature.
I love that I do not take things lightly.
Everything is intense to me.
The way I walk in the street.
The way my mother wakes me up.
The way I hear bad news.
The way it’s unbearable when I lose.

I am an emotional creature.
I am connected to everything and everyone.
I was born like that.
Don’t you dare say all negative that it’s a
teenage thing
or it’s only only because I’m a girl.
These feelings make me better.
They make me ready.
They make me present.
They make me strong.

I am an emotional creature.
There is a particular way of knowing.
It’s like the older women somehow forgot.
I rejoice that it’s still in my body.

I know when the coconut’s about to fall.
I know that we’ve pushed the earth too far.
I know my father isn’t coming back.
That no one’s prepared for the fire.
I know that lipstick means
more than show.
I know that boys feel super-insecure
and so-called terrorists are made, not born.
I know that one kiss can take
away all my decision-making ability
and sometimes, you know, it should.

This is not extreme.
It’s a girl thing.
What we would all be
if the big door inside us flew open.
Don’t tell me not to cry.
To calm it down
Not to be so extreme
To be reasonable.
I am an emotional creature.
It’s how the earth got made.
How the wind continues to pollinate.
You don’t tell the Atlantic ocean
to behave.

I am an emotional creature.
Why would you want to shut me down
or turn me off?
I am your remaining memory.
I am connecting you to your source.
Nothing’s been diluted.
Nothing’s leaked out.
I can take you back.

I love that I can feel the inside
of the feelings in you,
even if it stops my life
even if it hurts too much
or takes me off track
even if it breaks my heart.
It makes me responsible.
I am an emotional
I am an emotional, devotional,
incandotional, creature.
And I love, hear me,
love love love
being a girl.

— I am an emotional creature by Eve Ensler (via mazzykeepsintouch)

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Tuesday May 27, 2014 at 12:27

“Don’t tell me not to cry, to calm it down, not to be so extreme, to be reasonable. I am an emotional creature. It’s how the earth got made, how the wind continues to pollinate. You don’t tell the Atlantic Ocean to behave.”

— Eve Ensler (x)

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Tuesday May 27, 2014 at 12:10

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Friday May 23, 2014 at 23:55

The Oppression of Our Women

The Oppression of Our Women

This is not specifically human trafficking related, but I thought I would share a poem I wrote in Spanish about the oppression of our women…It is one thing to control or abuse or sell a woman, but when you realize that woman is someone’s mother, someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, everything changes.

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Las Madres Oprimidas

Todas personas tienen una madre

Y a todas alimenta una madre

De una…

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Thursday May 22, 2014 at 22:03