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Maternity Care Crisis (Averted?)

Dad was speeding down I-95 past the Philadelphia Airport, his heavily pregnant wife moaning in the SUV. The drive was too far; the traffic too congested. Eventually, he pulled over and with the help of…

Trump Exposed for Undercutting Trafficking Victim Protections

Listen to the episode here. See Jenna’s article at the 4:11 mark. The Trump administration is cracking down on key protections for victims of human trafficking, an international crisis impacting 40 million victims. MSNBC Chief…

How a Miami Judge Pioneered a New Way of Handling Minor Human Trafficking Cases

The turning point came the day a 13-year-old girl appeared in Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesias’s Miami courtroom. The child wouldn’t make eye contact, so the judge asked her to approach the bench. That’s when she saw…

‘The Ones Nobody Misses’: Scope of Human Trafficking in Alabama Wider than Reported, Experts Say

The cursive script scrawls down Claira’s skin, looping across the finger on her left hand that, at another moment in time, might hold a ring. But for now, it still holds the name of her…

Claira’s story: A ‘Broken, Normal’ Woman Preyed Upon by ‘Life’

A worn-out Pocahontas doll and some clothes are what Claira remembers bringing with her. She was 5 years old. Her parents were drug addicted. Social services picked her up from her parents’ South Carolina home. For…

Do Traffickers Kidnap Their Victims? The Myths and Realities of Human Trafficking

The stories persist, from the president of the United States to posts on neighborhood watch groups. Women are “tied up, they’re bound, duct tape put around their faces,” said President Donald Trump. In Montgomery, a woman…

Trump’s Anti-Trafficking Argument for a Border Wall

In 1997, Ima Matul, a seventeen-year-old living in rural Indonesia, was offered a job as a live-in housekeeper in Los Angeles. The person who recruited her promised that, if she worked for a few years,…

Staying Connected: Moms Who Pump in Prison

Warden Nancy Giannetta, clutching a dense ring of keys, gets buzzed through a series of security doors and into Unit G of Riverside Correctional Facility, a county jail for women in Philadelphia. It’s a Thursday…

When Will #MeToo Reach Places Like North Philly?

From the earliest moment I can remember growing up in North Philadelphia, I was harassed for my looks. When I was little, I was teased for being tiny, with protruding teeth. The bullying made me…

A Long Women’s March through Congress

It was a year of quiet, but major, progress for women’s issues in the U.S. government—and 2019 promises even more.

The War on Drugs Failed. It’s Time for a War on Abuse.

Two days before she was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on May 3 of this year, Anako Lumumba told police that her ex-boyfriend was stalking and threatening her. This wasn’t the…

Domestic Abusers: Dangerous for Women — and Lethal for Cops

  Linda Pope faced a flood of red and blue lights as she arrived at the hospital on the night her husband was killed. Cincinnati Police Officer Daniel Pope had been shot in the head…

A Lethal Combination

The names Nikolas Cruz, Devin Kelley, Omar Mateen, Stephen Paddock and Adam Lanza invoke the terror of the U.S.’ seemingly innumerable mass shootings. These rampages—in places like schools, churches, nightclubs and concerts—have rattled the nation…
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