Defying Gravity

In 2002 during the UN General Assembly’s Special Session on Children, two young delegates representing the children of the world made the following statement; “We are children whose voices are not being heard: it is time we are taken into account.”


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A Common Thread

A common thread we often see in children who are survivors of child trafficking and exploitation is that they long for home. They especially ache to see their mothers again.


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Open Your Eyes

Deschide Ochii (Open Your Eyes)
Love 146 are currently in the process of rolling out a national prevention campaign with partners across Romania


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Real Men

If you do not know by now, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore recently launched their “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” Campaign through their organization the DNA Foundation. There has been a lot of media buzz surrounding the campaign and even some debate over how effective it is in addressing the demand that fuels the exploitation and trafficking of children.


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The Momentum of a Gift

Every Wednesday over lunch, Love146 staff in our U.S. office meet to discuss what’s happening in the organization and the Abolition movement. Yesterday, something unusual happened: Love146’s co-founders, Rob, Lamont, and Desirea, began sharing about “the early days.”


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Saturday Morning Cartoons

This weekend on Saturday morning I got up and decided I wanted to design. Now. Thankfully there’s no end to what I can design for Love146, so I walked to our office.


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Update from Ukraine

A few of us are in Ukraine right now to meet various partners to develop a prevention strategy for at risk youth and to explore the role our Escape magazine can play in this.


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But what about refugees?

We have been expressing for many years that human trafficking is mostly a tragic reality in vulnerable communities-both for labor trafficking and sex trafficking. The number of people being victimized here in the United States for forced labor and commercial sex are about the same.


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Happy Birthday, Love146 Europe!

It has been one year since Love146 launched our European presence to a London gathering of old and new Love146 friends. What better way to celebrate than with a children’s party for grown ups?


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Do you like Love146?

Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, created a great tool this month for non-profit fans to review their favorite organizations.


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The New Black?

Reblogged from November 11th, 2009 in commemoration of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Is the anti-trafficking movement the new black?


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Resolve

“I resolve to continue accepting my self for who I am right now. …to be stronger, to continue fighting and never give up.”


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Serey Getting Married.

You may remember some of Serey’s story from our slavery book. About two weeks ago all of the Love146 staff rejoiced (in spirit) for Serey as she drove down the aisle (yep, she drove a bike) to be married.


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Love Until it Hurts

900 Miles. On Bikes. You read right. Eight hoosiers (aka Indiana locals) are riding from Indianapolis to New York City, and they’re on the road as I type somewhere in western Pennsylvania.


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It’s Not My Fault – Part 1

I remember the first time I heard the lie. My friend’s parents got divorced when he was in elementary school. He figured it was his fault. Tragically, I have heard that same false notion of self-blame far too many times since then.


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Sneaky

So I snuck on the intern login for the blog because I wanted to brag about one of our interns, Nicole.


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A Louder Voice.

Yesterday while surfing through news articles, I came across a story linking Joren van der Sloot to sex trafficking rings in Thailand and Asia.


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525,600 minutes…

Two children are sold every minute. I saw this statistic on a banner today while working at my internship at Love146. It wasn’t a new statistic to me but it was like I saw it with new eyes today.


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Remember me

One of the many hopes my wife and I have for our children is that they will grow up to be compassionate people; and people whose compassion leads to action.


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Soraya sends a story.

Almost daily we have amazing stories coming into our office. Stories of abolitionists, survivors, partners etc. I received this story last week from a 14 year old abolitionist who is part of a Love146 teen Task Force.


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Taking Daddy Back

I am a Father. I have six children who call me Daddy. It is one of the greatest joys of my life. Some days I’m good at it. Other days…not so good. I continue the daily journey, bumbling toward becoming a better man, father and husband.


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12 Hours with a Sex Tourist

Having taken a roadtrip from the UK through Eastern Europe in January, I’m now on the road (or the air, more accurately) towards the Love146 Round Home in Asia. I found myself in a window seat next to a couple of what my dad would call ‘hard working lads’: sun drawn skin from a construction site causing an unnaturally furrowed brow, one in his 50’s the other mid 20’s.


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General Assembly Passes CT Bill

The proposed Safe Harbor bill aimed at combating sexual exploitation of children has passed both chambers of the General Assembly and now awaits the governor’s signature.


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A Mother Returning Home, Bearing Chocolate

Today is my third day visiting our prevention programme in Moldova. I was especially keen to get out of the capital city Chisinau and see the rural villages. It was not that there isn’t enough to do in the city, but I was glad to balance all of our meetings about the programme with some face to face time with those most at risk.


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Two worlds in one– and both want to move.

Most orphans here in Moldova are not the result of deceased parents and war, but of mass economic migration often involving both parents. One orphanage in the city had 74 young people. 73 of these were economic orphans.


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What would you say?

Several years ago, our friends at Brains on Fire asked me a question that took my breath away. Partly because of how unexpected the question was, and partly because of how deep the chord struck, when they asked it.


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Its been one year.

I remember the moment I awoke to the awareness that I was an abolitionist.  I was in a small hot room in 2002 on the other side of the world.


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Ripping the “Q” section out of my dictionary

 

When I was in my 20’s I used to ride with friends on bike tours through the Green Mountains in Vermont. Two years ago I participated in a charity bike ride for Love146 and was quickly reminded that I’m not in my 20’s anymore. After the first few long hills I thought I might end up actually being the object of charity.


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Education on the Border

The Cambodia Border Prevention project continues to work with vulnerable youth along the border region in Cambodia providing opportunities for education and skills training.


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Wishing on a painted star

A few years ago I was on a lunch date with my wife at a great local Thai restaurant. After lunch, we walked over to the Yale University Art Gallery for the rare opportunity to see a special exhibit of Vincent Van Gogh’s original Cypresses and The Starry Night.  I’m not an art connoisseur, but The Starry Night took my breath away.


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Love146 Europe.

March 24th saw the directors of Love146 Cambodia, Phillipines and the US converge on London England for the the launch of Love146 Europe.


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What if…

When I was growing up, my parents tried hard to teach me empathy for the oppressed and suffering by encouraging me to “put myself in their shoes.” When I was young, I wasn’t often successful in my attempts to put myself in the place of another.  Even now, my attempts are so feeble and lame at times. But the question continues to challenge me daily…”What if it was me? Or, “What if it was my daughter, or son, etc?”


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Sticking it to the man

I heard my friend Lamont, Co-Founder of Love146 give a talk recently, challenging boys to rebel against a hyper sexualized and pimp culture that they are growing up in. He used the definition of Rock and Roll from the movie School of Rock, as a rallying cry: “Sticking it to the man!” (The system) I loved it!


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SAINT PATRICK WAS A SLAVE

 

Though he didn't chase the snakes out of Ireland and probably never really used a shamrock to explain the mystery of the Trinity, St. Patrick well deserves to be honored. And not just by the Irish (or those who want to be Irish…and you know who you are).

 


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VERY DIRTY ARMS

“What these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of our freedom depends on theirs.” -Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech 

 

The girls in the Love146 Round Home had the time of their lives last week. The band Paramore, who have been supporters and advocates for Love146, invited the girls to be their VIP guests of honor at their concert in Manila.


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