Cynthia Castaldo -Walsh

Cynthia Castaldo-Walsh is a doctorate student at Nova Southeastern University studying Conflict Analysis and Resolution, with a concentration in International Peace and Conflict. She holds a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Iona College and a B.S. in Psychology from the State University of New York College at Oneonta. Her primary areas of interest include gender-based conflict, nonviolence and peacebuilding for conflict transformation, human rights and empowerment, and sustainability.

Most commented posts

  1. How Effective are John Schools? — 4 comments
  2. ‘Daughters of the Sex Workers’ Seek Dignity and Respect — 2 comments
  3. Surfing for Equality & Peace — 2 comments
  4. Free Contraception for All — 2 comments
  5. Assessing the Trafficking in Persons 2011 Report — 1 comment

Author's posts

Aug 26

Women’s Equality Day

“I call upon the people of the United States to celebrate the achievements of women and recommit ourselves to the goal of gender equality in this country.” –          President Barack Obama Today has officially been declared Women’s Equality Day in the United States—yet it is widely unheard of by most Americans.  On August 26, 1920, …

Continue reading

Share

Aug 24

PETA Porn: Effective or Extreme?

Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, have gone to extreme measures to get their animal rights messages across to the public in the past.  As the largest animal rights organization in the world, with millions of members and supporters, PETA has managed to attain many successful and high-profile …

Continue reading

Share

Aug 19

America’s Hidden Secret Part II

In my last post, I gave an overview of the plight of U.S. child farmworkers and the lack of protection they receive.  Hundreds of thousands of children are working on U.S. farms, picking the fruits and vegetables that land in our regularly shopped grocery stores.  Despite popular belief, the agricultural industry has been found to …

Continue reading

Share

Aug 17

America’s Hidden Secret

Do you know who is picking your fruits and vegetables?  I bet you wouldn’t think that children as young as 5 are working the farms and fields that supply your grocery stores.  I bet even more that you wouldn’t think the farms and fields I am referring to are in the United States.  The truth …

Continue reading

Share

Aug 12

Freedom of Speech or Insensitive Gibberish?

I am all for freedom of speech but not when it becomes abusive and offensive.  On Wednesday, the New York Post released their daily newspaper displaying a controversial image and relaying what many are calling a highly absurd and unreasonable message to the public.  The Post, in their attempt to metaphorically compare the recent highs …

Continue reading

Share

Aug 10

Using Canines to Fight Human Trafficking

Are dogs really man’s best friend?  As a dog owner of two, I would say so.  The unconditional love and excitement they share is hard to find elsewhere.  Every time I walk into my house from a bad day, I can always rely on their wagging tails and slobbery kisses to put a smile on …

Continue reading

Share

Aug 05

Is Polygamy a Form of Human Trafficking?

Warren Jeffs, a polygamist religious leader and head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), was found guilty yesterday of child sexual assault charges stemming from a 2008 raid on his Yearn for Zion (YFZ) Ranch in Texas.  This was not his first stint with the law, as he was …

Continue reading

Share

Aug 03

Free Contraception for All

World Breastfeeding Week was kicked off Monday with the passing of a historical extension of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Obama Administration.  The guidelines of this heavily-debated policy expands on last year’s passed reforms in healthcare regarding free-of-charge preventative services such as …

Continue reading

Share

Jul 29

Women in War and Peace

“For it isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” –Eleanor Roosevelt It is more dangerous in most conflict-stricken areas to be a woman than to be a soldier.  Yet, women’s experiences during times of war are often ignored …

Continue reading

Share

Jul 27

Understanding Buyers of Sex

Eliminating Commercial Sexual Exploitation In order to eliminate the problem of commercial sexual exploitation, we must look at the demand side of the problem.  After all, without buyers of sex, there would be no sex industry.  By understanding the who, what, where, when, and how of sex buyers, strategies can be implemented to decrease the …

Continue reading

Share