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Portraits of Slavery

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2012 was the most amazing year for my career that I’ve ever had. Our wedding photography business (www.ChicShotStudio.com) blew up and we were doing tons of shoots all over the country and booking tons of shoots for the following year. The commercial & editorial side of our photography business (www.JeremiahStanley.com) was also doing very well

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Superheroes for Gifted Youngsters

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Illustration by Matthew Sargent As a fiction writer by trade, writing about human trafficking has been a constant over the last year as many of the scenes and chapters I’ve been writing in my novel depict many facets of human trafficking. I’ve been writing about the ways victims are drawn into the life and how

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Language Redefined

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Stock image found using the search term “pimp,” as in “pimp my bike,” further glorifying the “pimp n ho” culture. A local radio morning show conducted a crank call to a bar pretending to be someone looking for employment on the premiss that they knew a current employee there from their days together as prostitutes. Listening

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Illinois Law is a Leader, but More Can be Done

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Thanks to organizations like Traffick Free, the problem of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is fairly widely known. I was encouraged in 2010 when the Illinois Legislature, prompted by the tireless work of Anita Alvarez, then Illinois States Attorney, passed the Illinois Safe Children Act (ISCA). While many states had attempted to address

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Need for Emergency Housing

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10th Annual Valentine’s Day Family Violence Distinguished Lecture with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart I went to the lecture with Sheriff Tom Dart yesterday at DePaul Law School downtown. It was incredible! The event was sold out & the room was packed. He talked about trends they’ve seen with traffickers, including the Schiller Park case, among

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Trafficking: No Political, Cultural or National Boundaries

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs :: THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING January 21, 2013 Attending this event was a life highlight for me. Not necessarily because of the words spoken by the panelists, but because I got to see (and hug!) a woman I have respected and admired for 4 years now. I’m not really

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The Power at your Fingertips

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These days, it is not unusual for corporations to virtually beg you to like them on Facebook. It can feel a bit empowering to see some of the most powerful organizations in the world seemingly on their knees, looking for your approval—looking for you to “like” them on Facebook. It may feel like you are

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Quality and Quantity

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I hope you and your families had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving holiday! I hosted about 20 people at our place on Thursday afternoon and my parents and my cousin stayed the night and then we had some friends spend the rest of the weekend with us. I am thankful for holidays that we have

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A Dreamcatcher Thanksgiving

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In the face of adversity there is still much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day.  While many of us will be rejoicing and feasting today, there will still be one tireless lady that will never stop giving freely of her time, Mrs. Brenda Meyers-Powell, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Dreamcatcher Foundation

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