U.S. State Department Releases 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This week the U.S. State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report highlighting efforts and progress in fighting human trafficking around the world.  The report scores 184 countries, including the United States with a "Tier Ranking" of 1-3 based on the governments efforts to combat trafficking in persons. Each country's efforts are summarized in the "Country Narratives" section of the report. 

Injustice and the Art of Car Repair

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A few months ago, I experienced a series of events that caused me to pause and reflect on some of the systems of injustice in our world.  It all started early in the morning when I turned the ignition to our '98 Corolla and it failed to start.  The short version is that after half of a box of baking soda, 5 cups of water, $6.53 worth of hardware, and an hour and half of my time...  

Forum addresses abuse of Cambodian migrants in Malaysia

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Multiple recruitment agencies have sprung up in Cambodia to facilitate the growing number of Cambodian women who are migrating to Malaysia to find employment as maids and house workers.  Amidst this trend are numerous reports of hard labor and abusive situations exemplified in this report.  

"Real Men Don’t Buy Girls" - Much ado about nothing?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hats off to the Demi & Ashton Foundation for their just launched creative advocacy campaign “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls.” One would think that raising awareness around commercial sex trafficking and exploitation is a no-brainer, but there are detractors. While most everyone would agree that the involvement of minors is wrong, there are those who would see campaigns such as this one as going to far in condemning the “commercial sex industry” as a whole. 

Delta Airlines fights Child Trafficking

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Last month, Delta Airlines became the first major airline to sign ECPAT's Tourism Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism was developed by ECPAT to set an ethical standard for responsible business practices that contribute to a significant reduction in incidences of child sexual exploitation.