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2013 TIP Report Highlights Survivors, Honors Heroes

July 3, 2013

[gigya src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649" width="500" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=/photos/theird/sets/72157634450511412/show/&page_show_back_url=/photos/theird/sets/72157634450511412/&set_id=72157634450511412&jump_to=" allowFullScreen="true" ] By Mikhail Bell (@Bellsworld) On June 19, the State Department unveiled its annual assessment of efforts to combat human trafficking, known as Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. While…


Frank Schaeffer Seeks to Bridge “Culture War” Divide with Anti-Trafficking Efforts

June 20, 2013

by Mikhail Bell (@bellsworld) Frank Schaeffer’s fervide keynotes bookended the May 23-25 Trafficking in America conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Over 200 people from federal government agencies, non-profits and local churches attended the annual three-day…


Faith Leaders Advise White House on Human Trafficking Efforts

May 13, 2013

By Mikhail Bell (@Bellsworld) On April 10, the 14-member Faith-Based Advisory Council , of which Katharine Jefferts Schori, Leith Anderson and Lynne Hybels are members, announced the completion of a 36-page report, nearly one…


The Sky Is Not Falling: A Defense of Chris Broussard

May 5, 2013

By Mikhail Bell (@Bellsworld) On Monday, April 29, Washington Wizards center Jason Collins publicly announced that he was gay. Hours after Collins’ announcement, the career of ESPN writer Chris Broussard hung in the balance…


Rev. Leah Daughtry Talks Sexuality and Intolerance at Wesley Theological

March 14, 2013

By Mikhail Bell (@Bellsworld) On February 19, former Democratic National Convention Committee CEO and ordained Pentecostal minister Reverend Leah Daughtry delivered one of Black History Month’s most honest and thought-provoking talks at Wesley Theological…


The Dark Side of International Adoption

February 7, 2013

By Mikhail Bell (@Bellsworld) Regent University’s Center for Global Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, has raised the profile of human trafficking and child protection, such adoption, issues within Christian and secular…


Shared Hope International Releases States’ Sex Trafficking Report Card

January 3, 2013

By Mikhail Bell (@Bellsworld) As fall wound down, Shared Hope International, a faith-based anti-trafficking organization, released its annual Protected Innocence Challenge Report in Washington DC. The study, which assigns A thru F letter grades…


Invisible Children’s Move:DC Resurfaces

November 26, 2012

by Mikhail Bell On November 16-17, after a topsy-turvy year, Invisible Children became reacquainted with its core competency – advocacy – at Move:DC. The event drew over 12,000 participants and commenced its final mobilization…


Human Trafficking and Joseph Kony’s “Wife”

November 9, 2012

By Mikhail Bell Most American 16-year-olds anticipate the thrill of finally receiving a driver’s license and junior prom. Across the pond in Central Africa, different realities inform the teenage experience, as the rescue of…


Human Trafficking Takes Center Stage in Washington, DC

October 8, 2012

By Mikhail Bell Over the last 12 months, human trafficking has entered the national conversation for reasons good and bad. On September 29, anti-human trafficking supporters put on an event that should gave all…


Albania: The Land of Eagles and Religious Freedom

September 8, 2012

By Mikhail Bell In late July, the U.S.  State Department published its latest assessment of religious freedom’s status around the world. Traditionally IRD has focused our reportage on East Asia and Africa.  But this…


Jim Wallis Embraces Interfaith Millennials

May 21, 2012

Freshly back from a sabbatical, Evangelical Left icon Jim Wallis addressed the April 20-22 Illinois Conference on Interfaith Collaboration (ICIC) outside Chicago, attended by about 80 students and local residents.  ICIC 2012 is part…