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Confronting the Beast: Racism’s Role in Human Trafficking

  • January 18, 2018

In honor of the week of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, it seems appropriate to shine a more direct light on the ways in which racism intersects with the trafficking in humans. Just as monetizing human beings on the basis of skin and origin defined the slave trade centuries ago, so too does it inform and mold modern day slavery..

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Human Trafficking Awareness

  • January 11, 2018

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month — and today, January 11, is Human Trafficking Awareness Day! You may have heard the gruesome statistics, such as: In 2016 (the most recent global data we have), on any given day it’s likely that 40 million were stuck in modern slavery, which includes coerced domestic, construction, factory, farm, fishing, and sex work 71%.

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What to Look For in 2018

  • January 4, 2018

There’s nothing like a new year for a sense of revitalization, fresh energy, and optimism for what’s to come. While 2017 was a challenging year in many ways, and for many people, we are looking forward to the possibilities 2018 might bring! Though 2017 was a year in which many people had to tighten their belts, what might have gone.

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Happy Holidays!

  • December 21, 2017

To all our friends, supporters, champions, volunteers and fellow activists, we want to send you a BIG, WARM, and HEARTFELT THANK YOU for everything you do and everything you’ve done to help bring our staff and students’ dreams closer to coming true. Your encouragement and support have been vital to growing our community, holding steadfast our commitment to the cause,.

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Trafficking Awareness During the Holidays

  • December 14, 2017

Want to see some ways to bring greater social justice and trafficking awareness into your holiday season? Here are a few to consider! While Traveling A lot of us travel during the holiday season, given the chance to see faraway relatives, escape a cold climate for a more tropical one, or vice versa! However, we travelers might not be the.

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Girls Club!

  • November 30, 2017

When asked what she has learned in the six months of attending our Girls Club, one member responds, “[In] this club, everyone is valuable in themselves, we are girls, and we can get [along] with each other.” She smiles shyly and quickly accepts her chocolate wafer treat, a reward for sharing her thoughts. For the past six months, The Freedom.

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Why Mentorship Matters to Trafficking Prevention

  • November 16, 2017

  “I…want *sniff* to talk *sob* to Kru Ball,” a kindergarten-aged girl whimpers to me as I step out of the classroom at the Pong Phrae Resource center. I don’t recognize her, though on Saturdays new students are not uncommon. I take her to talk to Kru Ball, who successfully calms her down. It is close to the beginning of.

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The Hidden Side of Victim Services

  • November 9, 2017

Why More People Don’t Come Forward One of the most immediate responses to  human trafficking is rescue and rehabilitation. From policy makers to private individuals seeking to make a change, a great deal of attention and money go directly to victim services. One also might assume that victims, at the first available opportunity, would run directly for help and be.

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What the Media Gets Wrong about Sex Trafficking

  • October 19, 2017

A few months ago, I began receiving several emails from students taking a university course that apparently covered topics related to sex trafficking, and they were asking questions about narrative and framing, and the potential negative repercussions associated with problematic narratives. Because we are concerned with ethical storytelling, I decided to put together a FAQs list on this topic presenting.

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Mina’s Choice

  • October 12, 2017

Mina* is a soft-spoken, self-possessed and graceful young woman. She has been a scholarship student with The Freedom Story since she was very young–always shy, yet diligent and hardworking. She might not have always been that way. She had been friends and neighbors with a couple of sisters who chose a different path. These sisters began to diverge in their.

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