Devaluation of the Girl Child

In the "5 Key Components of Exploitation" one of the vulnerabilities listed was devaluation of the girl child. Devaluation of women takes many forms and shapes; unequal pay, objectification, limited opportunities. I did not truly understand the extent of the problem until I saw the documentary "It's a Girl." This three minute trailer will give you a glimpse of the extreme attitudes…

A Closer Look At Exploitation

“Virtually every country in the world is affected by trafficking for sexual exploitation or forced labour. Reliable global data are limited, but the number of victims is believed to be reaching epidemic proportions.” - United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human TraffickingWe will dig into these topics at a deeper level over during our 31 Days of Strength and Dignity.This video illustrates sev…

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Presidential Proclamation -- National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2017NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH, 2017- - - - - - -BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAA PROCLAMATIONOur Nation wrestled with the issue of slavery in a way that nearly tore us apart -- its fundamental notion in direct contradiction with our founding premise that we are all c…

You Are Invited: 31 Days of Strength and Dignity

Nearly every day I read about an individual or group that is impacting the lives of those in need. Whether it is education for girls, water for the poor or shelter for those fleeing for their lives it is inspiring and a refreshing counter the reports of hatred, malice and death.January is "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month." Most states, countries and regions of the world ded…

When Does 1 + 1 = 3?

In Honor of the Resilience and Strength our Partner Centers, We are Thrilled to Introduce “113” Made for Freedom Tee Shirts!Imagine... ...that you are a young woman living in Port au Prince dealing with extreme poverty. You have been doing all you can to provide for your two children. Everyone in your slum community is struggling and feels The Reality of Economic Inequality. The best you ca…

Freedom from Human trafficking

At thirteen, Sonali* was stolen from her village, dragged to the back streets of Sonagacchi and sold into prostitution. Her first customer drugged and raped her unconscious body.Sonali now has a job she enjoys which provides for her needs as well as opportunities to further her education.Human trafficking is the third largest illicit industry after arms and drugs. In 2010 Interpol said human traff…