LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Wednesday unveiled the 2013 Report on Human Trafficking by the first Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking.
Human trafficking is the fastest-growing and second-largest criminal industry in the world, after drug trafficking, according to a news release.
Children are especially vulnerable, and existing data sources strongly suggest that the current reported human trafficking statistics do not provide a complete picture of the prevalence of human trafficking in Michigan. Read more of this story via WoodTV.com>>
Emily Yount is the leader of the IJM student chapter at Vanderbilt University. Her group and their neighboring chapters at Belmont and Lipscomb Universities were instrumental in orchestrating the first ever “IJM Day,” that took place on October 1, 2013, in Nashville, TN. They also collected over 700 signed postcards, addressed to Senator Corker, asking him to support the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act. Emily is majoring in social work and will graduate in 2014.
Washington is coming back to life after 16 days of government shutdown. IJM’s friends in Congress and at the State Department are back at their desks, which makes me very happy. I thought it would be hard to get meetings when legislative aides came back to overflowing desks, but I was wrong. People who serve in government care about violence against children and adults whether they are furloughed because of the shutdown or not. They are eager to help IJM and our clients.
This might be a fanciful notion, but I think that the cause of ending modern-day slavery can actually bring Democrats and Republicans together in ways that almost nothing else can.
This past weekend, I saw the newly released film 12 Years a Slave. It tells the story of Solomon Northup, and African American man born free but tricked and trafficked into slavery in the South. The film is based on his own brave account of his journey from freedom to slavery to freedom again. And it’s hard to watch: the movie is graphic and doesn’t shy away from the great ugliness and darkness that is slavery. Most of the time, you’re holding your breath—unable to hope for a good outcome even though you know how the story ends.Read More
Tuesday afternoon, I was on the steps of Nashville’s City Hall, with a great gathering of students and musicians, celebrating Music City’s resolution to be a leader in the fight against slavery and violent oppression.
I had the pleasure of meeting several of the students at the rally and was so impressed by their ideas, drive, and commitment to the cause of ending violent oppression. It was inspiring to see this group of people who care deeply about what is happening to their fellow human beings and are so ready and willing to act on their behalf.
This morning as I walked my two dogs, I passed a charming park full of playground equipment. It is just a couple blocks from my house in Washington, DC’s, Capitol Hill neighborhood, and there wasn’t a day I didn’t take my girls there when they were small. It teems with toddlers, nannies, strollers, grandparents – but not today. The iron gate was chained and padlocked and a large laminated sign hung from it, stating that the park is closed because of the federal government shut-down.
The city of Nashville, Tennessee, recently passed a little resolution declaring Tuesday, October 1, 2013, “IJM Day.” You may now be wondering: what will IJM Day be about?
Given its title, you might think we’re going to throw a big party, at which Gary Haugen (our president and CEO) will thank the fine people of Nashville and their leaders for this honorable mention. But IJM Day is about much more than that.
RECESS IS OVER AND MUCH TO DO
I have many friends who are legislative aides in the House and Senate, both Democrats and Republicans. They are much on my heart this week, as legislators returned to Washington from a five-week recess. They and their hard-working staff are taking up the solemn issue of whether to approve the use of force against the Syrian government in the wake of the regime’s recent use of chemical weapons against the civilian population near Damascus. Legislative aides and their bosses will also be struggling with a broken budget process that may well end up in a government shut-down in coming weeks, and increasing tensions between the executive and legislative branches.
A LITTLE HELP FOR THE HILL TRIBESRead More