Tag Archive: children

Feb 18

Best Practices For Grief: Parental Incarceration

Building onto our current series, this post looks at grief and loss experiences of children and teens impacted by parental incarceration.  Previously, this series explored the grief and loss experiences of children and teens touched by foster care placement,  parental deployment and death and divorce. 2.7 million children in the United States have an incarcerated parent.   …

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Jun 04

Why Education for Girls is a Worthwhile Investment

“First, I think girls’ education may be the single most cost-effective kind of aid work. It’s cheap, it opens minds, it gives girls new career opportunities and ways to generate cash, it leads them to have fewer children and invest more in those children, and it tends to bring women from the shadows into the …

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Apr 04

The Homelessness Series: What About the Kids?

According to a report conducted by the Coalition of the Homeless last month, a record high 50,000 people slept in New York City’s shelters this January. Fifty-thousand people. More people are now homeless in New York City than at any time since the Great Depression. Want to know an even scarier fact? Almost half of …

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Feb 15

Why Contraception Should Not Be Controversial

Last week I wrote about the importance of talking about abortion so that society can move beyond the labels of pro-choice and pro-life and learn more about the woman’s situation. I mentioned that if people truly wanted to decrease the amount of abortions (which I’m sure we all do) then we had to understand why …

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Jan 24

Child Poverty in America

When the recession hit in 2008 I was living in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  Port St. Lucie is a small city on the east coast side of Florida about midway in between Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.  Florida was hit particularly hard by the recession and the unemployment rate jumped from 8% to 16% in some …

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Jan 23

Understanding the Connections: Refugees and Education

A few years ago, my friend introduced me to a new author she really enjoyed, Dave Eggers.  I first read his work You Shall Know My Velocity, then moved on to his autobiographical book Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius.  Not only did I love his writing, but also when I read his life story, …

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Dec 23

The Dark Side of Super Bowl

Every winter millions of people around the world tune in to watch Americas biggest sporting event, the National Football League’s Super Bowl Sunday game. Whether it’s to support that year’s two tops teams, watch the much anticipated half-time show, or comment on which of the different commercials shown took 1st place for creativity, there is …

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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 …

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Jun 15

Examining Child Labor

Last Sunday was the World Day Against Child Labor, intended to raise awareness and increase support for the 158 million working children, aged 5-14. These children are often employed under dangerous conditions, performing hazardous duties for low pay. They are vulnerable to exploitation, and their commitments as workers prevent them from obtaining a complete education. …

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May 11

Seeking to Combat Child Sex Tourism

A Focus on Federal Legislation Human trafficking is a persistent international and domestic problem and crime, which is bound in violations of human rights, labor, and public health standards.  The definition of human trafficking varies from source to source; however, there are common entities to its overall meaning—victims of trafficking include those who are recruited, …

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