2014 TIP Report – Live from DC

Through some pretty amazing, and generous, contacts, I was invited to attend this year’s live Trafficking in Persons Report from the State Department a couple of weeks ago. I was asked by a State Department Office To Monitor Trafficking in Persons contact to live blog the event and I couldn’t have been more honored to do so. This first post is an overall explanation

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Fair Trade Fashion | FashionABLE Teshome Bracelet

One of my favorite fair trade companies is FashionABLE. Their scarves are fabulous and I have always loved the personal connection you feel with their artisans and products. Each product is named after one of the women in their program in Ethiopia. Each tag has her hand written name and a glimpse into how the purchase of that particular product is helping change her

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Annual Trafficking In Persons Report (TIP) 2014

This month, I will be attending the live TIP Report in DC. This is a highly anticipated event for all involved in anti-human trafficking work both locally and globally. If you aren’t familiar with the report, here is a succinct description:   The annual TIP report is a global country-by-country evaluation of efforts to combat trafficking. Countries are graded on a scale from 1

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Cards Of Joy | Fighting child slavery in Haiti

Please check out this guest post by Matthew Millstein, the teenage abolitionist I introduced you to yesterday. In this season of honoring the Fathers in our lives, please consider joining him as he advocates for the fatherless in Haiti. Let’s help Matt meet his goal of raising $7200 by June 15!  Every dollar donation is matched by a generous benefactor at Beyond Borders. I know my

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Matt | Teenage Abolitionist

I want you to meet Matthew. He is the new face of abolition work. Young, passionate, dedicated, hopeful. His story is incredibly inspiring and I hope you all will walk away empowered and invigorated to do whatever YOU can do to join in the work of fighting modern slavery.     A little back story on how I came to know Matt. One day,

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Mother’s Day Insta-Gift | #standwithme

Still wondering what to get Mom for Mother’s Day? Tired of the same-ole same-ole gifts each year? Want to get her something meaningful, something that will encourage and inspire her beyond “her” day? I have written about the film #standwithme a few times now; About our experience at the DC premier… about my 8-year-old abolitionist. The film is now available for digital rentals just

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Abolitionist Mama | Rachel’s Bra Drive

I have been literally jumping out of my skin waiting to share this story. Not only is it incredibly inspiring, but Rachel represents the target audience of Do A Little  Good. She is a busy, super busy mom of two little girls… who decided to be the woman she wants her girls to grow up to be. I interviewed Rachel… here is her story.

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She was listening. Was I?

Remember that post I did about the #standwithme premier in DC? How I took my 8-year-old daughter with me to see it? She was listening. Vivienne’s story was something she could relate to. Lemonade stand? Make a difference? Free child slaves? My daughter said “I can do that.”  And she is acting. And I am inspired by her to keep acting… to keep sharing,

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HopeSprings – Local(ish) Everyday Activism

While attending the recent Justice Conference in Towson, MD, I had the privilege of sitting in on a talk by Erin Donovan, executive director of an organization called HopeSprings in Baltimore. I have to admit. I knew next to nothing about HIV/AIDS, especially the local statistics (as opposed to Africa AIDS or Asia AIDS issues). Erin’s talk was incredibly enlightening. And convicting. And exciting.

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#standwithme – The DC Premier

Last night, I had the absolute honor of taking my 8-year-old daughter to a documentary premier of #standwithme – a movie about child slavery. Yes, you heard that right. I took my young, innocent, impressionable daughter to a movie about one of the darkest, most horrific, heinous evils in our world today.   And I am SO glad I did.   Before you write

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