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FBI: Kids 13 to 17 rescued from Super Bowl prostitution

High school students, teens as young as 13 and other children reported missing by their families were among 16 juveniles rescued from forced prostitution during Super Bowl festivities in and around New Jersey, the FBI said Tuesday.

Authorities arrested more than 45 pimps and their helpers, some of whom said they traveled to the New York region to traffic the women and juveniles at the NFL championship at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The teens, ages 13 to 17, were found in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. More than 50 women coerced into sex for money were also saved, the agency said. Some of the victims had been involved in international sex trafficking.

Six children were rescued in both New Jersey and New York, and four others in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, the FBI said.

Social services, which included food, clothing and referrals to health care facilities, shelters,were provided to 70 women and juveniles.

The FBI and more than 50 other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies spent six months preparing for the two-week operation that recovered the victims. Hospitality workers, airport employees and others were trained to look for signs of sex trafficking, and New Jersey authorities put up billboards near the stadium as part of an anti-trafficking campaign, the Asbury Park Press noted.

“The FBI and our partners remain committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and putting those who try to profit from this type of criminal activity behind bars,” saidRon Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division.

The number of prostitution-related arrests jumped in the week leading to Sunday’s match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

New York police arrested a Florida mother Wednesday for allegedly traveling to Manhattan to prostitute her 15-year-old daughter.

Prosecutors are pursuing felony charges against 39-year-old Yolanda Ostoloza, of Hollywood, Fla., after her daughter agreed to have sex with an undercover officer for $200 in a midtown hotel. Her case was presented to a grand jury Tuesday, and an indictment could be returned Friday, the New York Daily News reported.

Her lawyer said that “at no time did she ever encourage or do anything … that would promote that activity with her 15-year-old daughter.”

She reportedly told police she thought her child “was just going to do the fetish stuff.”

It wasn’t clear whether her daughter was among the juveniles recovered in the FBI operation.

This article can be found at USA TODAY and was written by Michael Winter. To view the article, click here.

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iTunes Songs for the Philippines

Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 10.37.16 AM“All proceeds from each sale of Songs for the Philippines will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross. As the people of the Philippines recover and rebuild in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation, some of music’s biggest names are brought together on this benefit album. Including songs from The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Adele, U2, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Lorde, and Imagine Dragons, this brilliant collection is united by a message of hope and compassion.”

Download from iTunes by clicking here.

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Movement 52: Disaster Relief in the Philippines

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About the Disaster Relief in the Philippines

“On Nov. 8th one of the strongest typhoon in history collided with the Philippines completely
destroy everything in it’s path. This powerful storm has left over 3,500 people dead and over 2 million people displaced and in need of help! The Red Cross has been on the front lines of these relief effort. Until 12/4 any shirt purchased will donate $6-$8 to the Red Cross to support their relief efforts in the Philippines! ***This campaign is not endorsed by the Red Cross.  It is an independent fundraiser taken on solely by Movement 52 LLC.”

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About the Design:  The swirling waves symbolize the chaos the Philippines is currently experiencing, and the positive message reminds us of the good that can come from our greatest struggles.

“Often in the darkest skies we see the brightest starts.”

To learn more about Movement 52 and where this content was taken, click here.

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The Barefoot Challenge

Today is Toms: One Day Without Shoes.

Try going without shoes and bring awareness to global health and education problems.

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How do I get involved?

Simple: Go without shoes on April 16! Better yet, get a group of friends/classmates/co-workers to go without shoes – you’ll be joining thousands around the world in a global movement.

Why would a shoe company sponsor an event to not wear shoes?

This is our day to bring awareness to global children’s health and education issues. Providing shoes supports the health and education of children in need all over the world!

How can I get involved beyond One Day Without Shoes?

We are so excited that you are interested in doing more! There are many barriers to children’s health and education. We encourage you to find a solution you are passionate about supporting, such as education, clean water, agriculture, microfinance, health or child labor. There are lots of organizations working to improve children’s health and education worldwide that need support. Need a place to start? Check out TOMS Giving Partners. We are working on getting a list online. Until then, please check out the TOMS blog at http://blog.toms.com to see some of them.

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To learn more about One Day Without Shoes, click here.

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Trade As One

To learn more about Fair Trade, click here.

To sign up for the Trade As One Subscription, click here.

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Feminine Pads Help Keep Girls in School

Reusable, Homemade Feminine Pads: A Simple Intervention to Help Keep Girls in School

Written by Susan Blaustein.

“In many areas of sub-Saharan Africa, gender parity tends to decline at higher levels of schooling. While girls’ enrollment and completion rates for primary school are typically high, these rates decrease with secondary and tertiary education. Girls may discontinue their studies to devote more time to household chores, to earn extra income by engaging in commercial activities or to ease the financial burden on their family, who may not be able to afford tuition fees. Another consideration is menstruation: girls miss 3-5 days of school during their periods – 50 plus school days per year – often because they lack access to private latrines and/or to feminine hygienic products. These absences cause them to fall further and further behind their male peers academically, eventually leading many to drop out.

A simple, cost-effective intervention has been shown to decrease girls’ absenteeism rates. Research conducted in Ghana by Oxford University’s Säid Business School found that giving girls feminine pads reduced absenteeism from 21 percent to nine percent of school days. In international development circles, it is increasingly common knowledge that access to feminine pads can make a difference in keeping girls in school.

A group of committed nursing students from Columbia University’s School of Nursing and their instructor resolved to find a culturally acceptable, sustainable, low-cost solution. Their final design was nine square inches of double-layered, colored cotton material, which after washing, can be hung to dry in the sun.

In the space of one week’s time, the Columbia instructor, in collaboration with a Millennium Cities Initiative specialist in Mekelle, Ethiopia, showed 206 girls in six Mekelle schools how to make and care for these pads, which are made from locally available soft cotton. The pads have been well-received by the girls, giving them a greater sense of independence. “This will save my family money,” said one girl after learning how to make the pads. Another said, “I will not feel afraid to go out during menstruation.”

The Columbia University’s Center for New Media Technology and Learning team is developing a video on the impact these homemade, reusable and environmentally-friendly feminine pads can have on the girls’ education in Mekelle.

The concept was demonstrated to 75 Health Extension Workers in Wukro, a nearby town close to the Millennium Villages Project sites, at the request of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health. Moms for Moms, a local organization that helps mothers and children in Mekelle where other MCI volunteers have worked, is strongly considering going into production of the model pad as an income-generating project. And MAA Garment Factory, an Ethiopian-based clothing manufacturer, has agreed to donate cotton to further the initiative.

Students, school administrators, women’s groups and community leaders alike have embraced the project. After watching one of the demonstrations, one school administrator commented, “We have been educated with the most valuable information just now. We must teach others and spread it throughout Tigray (the region surrounding Mekelle). We do not need anything from the outside. We have our own material here, and we will protect the environment from plastics.”

Lessons in how to make the pads have recently been incorporated into local schools’ science, economics and health classes. In time, those leading this initiative, both from Columbia and now from Mekelle itself, anticipate that this important and practical intervention will have an even greater impact – keeping girls in school, thereby creating a broadened range of economic and social opportunities for them, ultimately benefiting entire communities.”

To view the original article written by Susan Blaustein, click here.

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58: Project Finder

Sometimes we want to donate our time and money, but just don’t know a reliable and efficient organization to give to. 58: has made it easy. They have compiled a wonderful database of projects helping to change lives all over the world. You can filter them by Continent, Solution, or sort by Progress, Target, or Members.

As we have shared before, 58: is a global campaign of world-class poverty-fighting organizations working together to eradicate poverty. Learn more about 58: here.

Each project highlighted shares how many donors it currently has, the amount of money it has raised, the percentage of the amount of money it has raised, and its targeted goal. For example, Seeds are Life, which partners with ECHO, works with packaged seeds and how they can greatly influence a village. Currently, this project has only raised 58% or $5,114 of its targeted budget, which is $9,800. However, the cool thing is you can monitor the projects activity and see who and which groups are raising money for it; it creates a sense of community while raising support.

Check out the 58: Project Finder and see where you can help today!

To learn more or to donate to a 58: Project, click here.

 

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National Anti-Slavery Call In Day

For those living in the US, it’s in your hands to make a difference.

Call or Tweet your senator today!

Ask them to Support the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA, S. 1301)

“Our leaders need to know that this is too important for them not to act. Your leaders are listening but we need to be clear with them: Enough Already. It’s time to rise above slavery.”

Help by tweeting the following message to these Senators:

Support the bi-partisan Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, S.1301 via @worldvisionacts @oasisusa

Or call with the following message:

“Hi, my name is __________ and I am a constituent from ____________. I am calling to ask that Senator_________ support the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, S. 1301. I would like the Senate to vote on this bill as soon as possible. Thank you.”

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act is the cornerstone of all U.S. efforts to combat modern-day slavery. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) created the first comprehensive federal law to address modern-day slavery in the U.S. and around the world.

This law works to prevent trafficking, protect survivors, and prosecute traffickers.  Every few years the law needs to be reauthorized, allowing innovations and improvements to be added to the solid structure provided by the original TVPA of 2000. In 2003, 2005, and 2008 the reauthorization passed Congress unanimously. But on October 1, 2011 this important piece of legislation, the largest piece of anti-trafficking legislation in U.S. history, expired as a result of Congressional inaction and partisanship. This failure threatens U.S. global leadership in the fight against modern-day slavery and jeopardizes the progress made over the last decade.  It also directly threatens the work of Oasis and its partners as we work to end trafficking one community at a time.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 1301) was introduced in the Senate over a year ago and has still not passed. After months of inaction and politicking the bill is finally moving, a direct result of action by constituentslike you. Let’s push the TVPRA over the finish line in the Senate! In an election year, your Senators need to hear from you that this legislation is important and needs to be passed now. Congress will not act until you do, call your Senators and tell them to pass the S. 1301 now.

To learn more, visit Oasis USA or World Vision Acts.

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