Why?

I’ll never forget the first time that my youngest son recognized that I was a different color than him.


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From Responsibility to Renewal

It’s harder to feel useless when the little tomato garden is growing healthy under your care. It’s harder to believe that nobody has hope in your future when a grown-up is reminding you to take your vitamins. It’s harder to believe you’re unlovable when the baby goat comes running to you every morning.


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A story I wish I didn’t have to tell

Every child who comes to our safe home door means we as a society have been too late. Nevertheless, we persist. Because every child is precious. Because we have seen again and again that love can overcome.


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Other Children

Without a focus on justice, there’s a dark possibility that for every child we care for, another spot for a child to be victimized is vacated. Hear about what motivates the children in our Survivor Care Program who choose to testify against their exploiters in court…


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Music as Medicine

Music plays an important therapeutic role in our safe homes for children who have survived trafficking and exploitation. As they heal and play and grow, they fill the space with song.


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BREAKING NEWS

Our US Survivor Care program has meant the world to children in Connecticut, children we know by name. Individual donors helped start this from scratch. That’s hope. Now, it will be expanding substantially, thanks in large part to contributions from fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders. That’s justice.


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A Time to Dream

There are too many forces in this world that make young people’s worlds feel smaller. We’ve found in our prevention work that the solution doesn’t come from new rules to follow or new things to fear. The solution is stepping into a bigger world.


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In Praise of Shame

If there were more of us who carried shame when we should, there would be fewer people carrying it when they shouldn’t.


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“I think I’ve hurt someone like this…”

One of the most disturbing things about the recent Stanford rape case is that there seems to be a willful refusal to see the victimization and Brock Turner’s responsibility for it.

We’re reminded of the power of simply SEEING the problem when, in our prevention program, a teen boy looks at us with tears in his eyes and says, “I think I’ve hurt someone.”


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Just Kik Me Now

We opted to go through his apps and messages. Kik was the first one we opened. That’s when we discovered “Laurie Bartlett.” This attractive, 20ish, flirty blond with great taste in underwear had, for some unknown reason, taken an interest in and privately messaged my 12-year old son.


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Behind the Wheel

Driving, like many things, holds therapeutic potential in our Survivor Care. For one youth, it means a big step towards a future with even more freedom.


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Those On the Journey With us

This month, for the first time, volunteers in New York State connected with a local business to fund local work supporting our in-depth prevention education curriculum, Not a #Number, designed to help keep vulnerable youth safe. `


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It Still Haunts Me

A few weeks ago we brought a young boy into our care at the White Home for boys in the Philippines. He was removed from a situation of exploitation with other children for an international cyber-porn operation. The perpetrators have been arrested. The good news is that he is now safe and beginning his long road of recovery.


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THE STORY OF 1 SAD STATISTIC

My investigation into the source for a commonly shared trafficking statistic led to a horrifying conclusion: That the stat was just not true… and was the result of someone doing some really illogical math.


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Our Journey With Tuyen

Tuyen was trafficked into the UK, exploited as a domestic slave, forced to work in a nail bar, and then then forced into sexual exploitation. As was the case with Tuyen, Love146 supports young people in foster placements, being present with them when they speak with the police, and assisting them through the court process. We’re there for as long as they need us, whatever it takes.


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Why Prosecution Matters for the Youth We Work With

While notable progress has been made in terms of buy-in, some agency leaders and personnel continue to not see human trafficking as a concern in their local communities. We need a strong on-the-ground understanding and enforcement of current laws, as well as tools and protocols for identifying, investigating, and prosecuting these crimes.


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The Meaning of the Amistad Story

175 years later, the Supreme Court decision in the Amistad case is a part of an unfinished conversation about racial justice as the nation confronts the problems of police bias, voter suppression, mass incarceration, and educational inequity as the scourge of slavery persists in the form of human trafficking.


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The sounds of a dream come true

When you’re standing in the midst of a dream come true … and a 5-year old who you would think shouldn’t have a reason to even smile again pulls you out onto the dance floor to dance … you dance.


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Love Supports Our Houston Red Gala

We are grateful for the love, community, and movement that will allow us to reach tens of thousands of youth with Not a #Number, our prevention education curriculum, throughout the country in the next two to three years.


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First Audience

At Love146, different forms of self-expression are encouraged, including music. Every little sound they make is met with lavish praise and encouragement.


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3 Ways to Give this Season

This holiday season, there are a lot of ways that you can support Love146. We have e-cards, printable cards, awesome gift items, and even hanging wall pennants!


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