Don't fall for lies about prostitution
Rob McKenna, Washington State Attorney General, writing in the Huffington Post about a disturbing trend of glamorizing prostitution and ignoring the violence and exploitation that often characterize the reality, gives the concerned public a tip on how to respond: What may be done? The answer lies in public opinion. Over the years, views about drunken driving and domestic violence shifted for the...
In response to a question from a Huffington Post writer about interviewing...– Jennifer Love Hewitt, explaining why she didn’t need to research her character for Lifetime’s new show Client List, about women providing special (illegal) services at a massage parlor. The show portrays her as initially reluctant to provide “special” (illegal) services, but...
"Like a Yelp for Slave-Free . . . "
Whenever we try and explain what a LOGOFF App is, “Yelp, but slave free” is inevitably one of the first explanations. Here, Mike Notley explains a little bit more what we’re making and why. By Mike Notley, former InterVarsity student and current NYCUP Intern What do we do when cultural norms and systemic complacency allow injustice to continue in our world? We create...
Every compulsive gambler, alcoholic or drug addict will tell you that they want...– Philip Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan writing on “The Demise of Guys” for CNN.
Beauty in simplicity
freedomandfashion: It’s one thing to hear speeches and watch documentaries about human trafficking. But there is something so alluring and powerful about expressing oppression through abstract forms of art. Above are photos from the Women Hold Up Half the Sky exhibit at CAST’s From Slavery to Freedom Gala. The main installation composed of stringed lines of letters of hope and encouragement...
No More Traffik
melwiggins: It’s been the busiest week EVER. Every day has been chocked full of events and prep for events as thousands of activists all over Northern Ireland have joined forces to highlight the crazy horror of human trafficking during ‘No More Traffik’ week. I have sensed such a thick atmosphere of unity and strength in our wee country over this issue and it’s amazing to see individuals and...
New Yorkers - Want to get involved in fighting...
Bookmark the homepage of the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition. Check out its Events posts and Take Action posts for ongoing updates about legislation, petitions, lobbying days, and other public events you can take part in. Add your voice!
slaveryfootprint: Plug in your earphones and take a listen. Ambassador CdeBaca explains how learning his Slavery Footprint number has affected his consumption habits.
SOLD: The Human-Trafficking Experience →
A Richland, Washington church hosts this multi-sensory experience meant to engage people around the issue of human-trafficking. Bethel Church provided a grant to a few young dreamers, who created this project with the help of numerous volunteers. As the project website describes it: Participants will be immersed into the lives of victims in nine different parts of the world. SOLD challenges...
"Loving our neighbor not only means reaching out...
Check out this CNN editorial by two prominent evangelical Christians, Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, which represents more than 45,000 local churches from over 40 different denominations, and Lynne Hybels, co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, which promotes efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking and exploitation. Worth...
You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you...– Marion Wright Edelman (via halftheskymovement)
Facing the Truth about Chocolate, Child Labor, &... →
Nobody likes chocolate chip cookies more than us. Not the thief in the Cookie Crisp commercials himself. But it’s become clear to us lately, that buying chocolate, in a lot of instances means supporting child slave labor, and that’s not something we’re able to do anymore. About 3/4 of the world’s chocolate comes from West Africa, much of it from the Ivory Coast. While child labor is illegal in...
Having had a few years experience with these two laws … we’ve learned that there...– New York law maker, explaining why she is sponsoring the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, a bill to better protect trafficking survivors and hold pimps and johns accountable. This article describes a recent advocacy day supporting the TVPJA, and includes a video of a survivor’s...
FYI - upcoming advocacy opportunity for New...
Passing on an invitation from the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition. Numerous NYC organizations working with survivors will send delegates, including Restore NYC, who especially invites InterVarsity members & friends to join it: Andi, a sixteen-year-old runaway, was repeatedly sold by her trafficker on the street. Even though the Safe Harbor Act recognizes that prostituted children...
Hofstra Students Tackle Human Trafficking
By Jainnie Hackman, Hofstra InterVarsity Staff Imagine walking on your campus and seeing life sized cages with your fellow classmates in them duct-taped at the mouth and hands shackled. What would you think? What would you say? At Hofstra University, many passers-by were caught unaware but struck with a very captivating image. Some were horrified and rose to support the cause while others in...