Children should be found in schools, not brothels!

It's about that time again. You know the time.... when traffic in the city feels like it's doubled because you have to encounter Big Yellow everywhere you go. Who is Big Yellow? Big Yellow is the school bus and he seems to be everywhere and always, somehow, in front of you slowing down your frantic race to your next destination. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's back to school time. For me, a North Carolinian, it seems way to early to be sending children to school. In North Carolina the summer months are June, July and August. They even passed a [...]

“If you request them, they will come!”

Are you planning on watching the Super Bowl this Sunday? Do you have a favorite team? I honestly haven't been paying attention to the teams playing. My focus on Super Bowl XLIX has been different from most. I've been focused on the impact it will have on sex trafficking in the Phoenix, Arizona area. While there are some people, some abolitionists included, who say events like the Super Bowl do not provide an increase of activity in the sex trade, news reports and rescue organizations seem to tell a different story. Whether it's the Super Bowl in Arizona or the [...]

What? I can’t hear you. Speak up!

Photo taken by Sam Norris Do you enjoy art? If I'm honest, there are some pieces I look at and just don't get.  I enjoy looking; however, very few pieces of art truly move me. I don't know if that says more about me or the art I've seen. As I looked through Sam's photos from his trip abroad one caused me to pause.  It seemed to draw me in as I looked at it.  It spoke to me.  It is a picture of a sculpture outside of Auschwitz. Sam said he couldn't remember the name of the [...]

How do you overcome your fear of public speaking?

Are you afraid of speaking before a large group? What about a smaller audience of one or two people?  The fear of public speaking, or glossophobia,  is one of the most common fears among people.  In fact, it is said that 74% of all people suffer from this fear.  This fear can be the result of many factors, such as anxiety over being viewed as having nothing worthy to say, feeling inferior to the audience, or feeling like you'll be made fun of for what you've shared. Recently, I read an article about  a survivor of human sex trafficking who [...]

Speak Up!

What does it mean to lobby for something? Lobbying means to actively try to influence legislation on a specified topic.  It means to use your voice, be it in person, via mail or email, to draw awareness to an issue and ask legislators to do something about the issue.  It is our constitutional right and responsibility to let our elected officials know how we'd like them to vote. This Thursday, February 7th, is Lobby Day  in Georgia on the issue of human sex trafficking in America.  Men and women from across the state of Georgia will come together on the [...]

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