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Have a Thoughtful Thanksgiving

The original feast between colonists and Native Americans took place in 1621. It is believed over 140 people were present. They ate more venison than turkey and there was no shopping, but it was rooted in gratitude. Pilgrims knew they wouldn’t have survived their first…

Choice and Decriminalization of Sex Work

The debate around the decriminalization of sex work continues to grow. Two of our board members weigh in below… A common argument for the decriminalization of sex work is that if women choose to sell their body, that’s their right. In discussions, this can be…

#EHNStories

“I will never forget the first night I was forced to sleep with a man. I cried all night, and that was only the beginning.” For Harriet, abuse started in the foster care system. Looking for a way out, she latched onto a boyfriend who said…

Women’s Voices? They’ve Been There All Along

Women talk a lot these days about finding their “voice”—after enduring lifetimes of insecurity and self-doubt, experiences of sexual harassment, or the simple day-to-day experience of a culture that encourages—or enforces—women’s silence. How do you find your voice when you’ve been silenced for so long?…

Score 1 for Humanity

Yesterday congress performed a rare feat in near-perfect unity by doing the right thing despite pressure from the deep pockets of Silicon Valley. Three cheers for the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The victory is shadowed by one painful question: why the hell did it…

The Sizable Wake of Exploitation

When collaborating with a survivor of human trafficking, there are times an exchange punches me, taking my breath for a moment.  This week I checked in on Harriet after an involved surgery that landed her 4 weeks of bedrest and asked if she knew what the…

Balancing Act

Imagine you are a young girl living in poverty.  Someone comes in and promises hope for your future, a better life for you and your family.  You take that opportunity, only to learn that you were tricked.  You find yourself being a commodity of a…

Celebrating Diwali 

Thursday, the day of Diwali, as I waited to pick up my son at school, I scrolled through Facebook and couldn’t help but smile at all the lovely Diwali posts. Pictures of people dressed in their Indian finery and celebrating this holiday left me nostalgic….

When we know better, we do better.

I’ve worked with incredibly vulnerable populations in my life.  I’ve looked in the eyes of dying people in hospice, and held their loved ones hands as they passed.  I’ve been in houses and witnessed children getting abused, drugs being used, and saw poverty at it’s…

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