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    • California: No justice for trafficked children »

      Human trafficking has been a felony in California since 2005. But in reality, California authorities often treat victims as criminals. As a result, justice is remote for many child trafficking victims. A California native, Sara Kruzan, was only 11 years old, when she first met her 33 year old pimp, G.G. Her pimp groomed her for two years to earn her trust. Growing up with an often absent drug addict mother, G.G.’s attention meant more to Sara than anything else.

      By Youngbee Dale for The Washington Times California: No justice for trafficked children

    • Extreme poverty: 2.8 million children in the U.S. live on $2 per day »

      The National Poverty Center has released a new report that examines poverty trends between 1996 and 2011. The number of households with children who are in extreme poverty in a given month—living at $2 or less in income per person per day—in 2011 totaled roughly 1.46 million households, including 2.8 million kids. This number is up from 636,000 households in 1996, nearly a 130 percent increase.

      By Jared Wadley for PhysOrg Extreme poverty: 2.8 million children in the U.S. live on $2 per day

    • Ga. officers addressing growing human trafficking problem »

      The market for enslaved workers and prostitutes has prospered in the shadows of Atlanta and other major cities, but local, state and federal authorities have begun to aggressively hunt and prosecute those who trade in human beings.

      Human trafficking catches many in its web — from children and adults forced into the sex trade, to people who come to the United States for jobs as nannies or restaurant workers but find themselves trapped. They can be people smuggled from other countries as well as disenfranchised young U.S. citizens.

      The FBI named Atlanta one of the 14 cities with the highest number of child prostitutes — a shameful statistic that intensified attention on the human trafficking problem overall. Atlanta is a prime spot for trafficking; travel is easy and the area’s diversity allows human trafficking victims to disappear. “It’s always been here, but it’s a lightly reported crime,” said Brian Lamkin, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta office.

      By Rhonda Cook for Atlanta Journal - Constitution Ga. officers addressing growing human trafficking problem

    • Monday’s Take Action Tip: Volunteer!

      The best advice we can give anyone looking to address social justice is to simply volunteer! Always find time to volunteer with and for the victims and survivors of the social justice issue closest to your heart!

            

      When there are so many creative ways to get involved in social justice, advocate and raise awareness about an injustice, we can at times, forget about the power of simply spending time and serving with those so drastically marginalized by the issues we are fighting so hard to end. 

      Many of us write about the injustices of human trafficking, we raise awareness about homelessness or advocate to friends and family about ending hunger. While these are all immensely important tasks that must continue to end the injustices we are fighting, we can never forget to spend time with those who are victimized by these injustices.

      No matter what issue of social justice is close to your heart, find the time to get to know those who have experienced the issue first hand. These individuals will change your life and your outlook on your fight against injustice. Learn from them, talk with them and befriend them. You will not regret it.

      • Volunteer at a shelter for victims of human trafficking
      • Serve lunch at the food closet in your community
      • Mentor a child at a homeless youth shelter
      • Tutor at an after school program

      There are numerous opportunities to volunteer with those suffering from injustice. It may be intimidating at first, but there is potential for it to be an extraordinary experience in your life. 

    • The public has ideas to help the homeless »

      There is limited help for people who are homeless and who fall into certain subcategories of need. If you’re homeless and the victim of domestic violence, for example, you won’t be left out in the cold. Homeless and battling a drug addiction? Check. Homeless with children? The county and its partner shelter providers will provide a voucher and put you in a motel. But if you’re a homeless single man, or a homeless couple like the Yeomans, you’re almost sure to be out of luck – and shelter.

      By Yvette Cabrera twNAME for Orange County Register Homeless ideas? Why not business parks?

    • Human trafficking case began with tip, police say »

      Monterey police said the investigation that resulted in the arrest of a woman on suspicion of human trafficking began last week after they received a tip alleging a runaway teenage girl had been brought to Monterey for purposes of prostitution. Aaliya Solange Ali Person, 35, also known as Lisa Louise Banner, was taken into custody Feb. 8. Police Lt. Leslie Sonné said a search warrant served on Person’s home on Blue Larkspur Lane turned up evidence related to the investigation, as well as drugs.

      By Julia Reynolds The Monterey County Herald for Human trafficking case began with tip, police say

    • Wednesday’s Video comes from Matt Huston.

      Huston is the writer and director of the film Diamond, a short film about a young British couple who move to Africa with the hopes of changing the life of a young African child. Matt Huston is using his talents to shed light on human trafficking, specifically the issue of forced labor used in blood diamonds. 

      At Social Justice Reads, we are excited about the work and effort Huston is taking to raise awareness about human trafficking and inspiring others to make a change in our world.

       We are asking you to be a part of Matt Huston’s film, Diamond. Diamond is in the  pre-preduction stages. Huston is fundraising for the production cost of this film. Any additional money that is raised will go to Florida Abolitionist, a nonprof fighting human trafficking in Florida. 

      If you are interested in supporting Matt Huston’s film, Diamond or even learning more about this great project, check out his fundraising campaign page.  Any amount of money makes a big difference. 

      However, don’t stop there! Tell your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers about Diamond. Human Trafficking is a huge issue in our world, especially in regards to blood diamonds. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about this issue.  

    • AIDS advocates call for Hershey boycott »

      Buy your valentine chocolates anywhere else, says the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, but not from the Hershey Company. The campaign was launched by the California-based foundation in response to the Milton Hershey School’s decision to deny admission to a teenage boy who is HIV positive. AHF’s Communications Director, Ged Kenslea, said the school’s decision turns a blind eye to anti-discrimination law and how HIV-AIDS is treated and spread.

      By Mary Wilson for AIDS advocates call for Hershey boycott

    • Human trafficking law seeks corporate transparency »

      If you happen to be doing some online grocery shopping at Safeway.com, scroll down to the bottom of the home page and there you’ll find a link called “Supply Chain Transparency.” Should you be interested in what Safeway is doing to combat forced labor, human trafficking or other egregious practices involving its 5,000-odd suppliers, the link will take you to a page describing how the Pleasanton supermarket chain is complying with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. The what? Indeed. The law, which went into effect last Sunday, has received little publicity. Although it was enacted in 2010, many California companies either don’t know about it or are scratching their heads over how to deal with it.

      By Andrew S. Ross for Human trafficking law seeks corporate transparency

    • 600 Ugandan girls victims of human trafficking in Malaysia - National |monitor.co.ug »

      At least 600 Ugandan girls have been forced into Malaysia’s sex trade in what has become a human trafficking epidemic, a foreign diplomat has said. Hajah Noraihan, the Malaysian consul to Uganda, said despite an early warning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2008 when the number of trafficked girls stood at 30, the constant flow of victims has not slowed.

      By Phillippa Crooma for 600 Ugandan girls victims of human trafficking in Malaysia

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    Dorothy Craven is January's Hero of the Month! Dorothy was an elderly woman who stood up to gang violence in Wichita, Kansas. Rather than spending her retirement relaxing and knitting, Dorothy decided to use her time to create change in her neighborhood. She and a group of her friends bought the most violent apartment complex in Wichita and as the new landlord, little old Dorothy moved in immediately. She spent time getting to know her neighbors and understanding the changes they wanted in the community. Dorothy truly loved her community. Even after a drive by shooting left 14 bullet holes in her apartment, she refused to leave her neighbors. While most elderly people choose to use their retirement to relax, Dorothy chose to spend hers in the most violent apartment complex in Wichita, Kansas loving her neighbors and creating lasting change in their lives.

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