2013 TIP Report Highlights Survivors, Honors Heroes

by (@TheIRD) 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 the 2013 TIP Report emphasized victim identification, the release ceremony was equally laden with significance. Comparing legal slavery in the 19th […]

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

by (@TheIRD) 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 event. The left-leaning son of L’Abri founder Francis and Edit Schaeffer was quick to list his bona fides as a Huffington […]

Faith Leaders Advise White House on Human Trafficking Efforts

by (@TheIRD) 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 year after its first meeting on the issue. The document, entitled “Building Partnerships to Eradicate Modern-Day Slavery,” recommends that: The Obama […]

The Sky Is Not Falling: A Defense of Chris Broussard

by (@TheIRD) 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 for remarks he made on Outside the Lines that were deemed a “distraction” by the network. Amid public praise for Jason […]

Rev. Leah Daughtry Talks Sexuality and Intolerance at Wesley Theological

by (@TheIRD) 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 Seminary. The fifth generation preacher’s comments addressed sexuality, intolerance, and race relations in the church. Sexuality and (In)Tolerance Responding to intolerance […]

The Dark Side of International Adoption

by (@TheIRD) 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 circles. On January 11-12, the Center hosted its latest engagement of modern social issues with the second annual Seeking Justice of […]

Shared Hope International Releases States’ Sex Trafficking Report Card

by (@TheIRD) 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 to all 50 states’ efforts to combat human trafficking, has quickly established itself as one of two dominant aids for non-federal […]

Invisible Children’s Move:DC Resurfaces

by (@TheIRD) 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 day with the Walter E. Washington Convention Center-hosted Global Summit on the LRA. In 2003, Jan Egeland, former Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian […]

Human Trafficking and Joseph Kony’s “Wife”

by (@TheIRD) 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 Joseph Kony’s wife showed. In February, Invisible Children (IC) staff, as part of an UN-funded flier program, announced a high-profile individual: […]

Human Trafficking Takes Center Stage in Washington, DC

by (@TheIRD) 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 opponents of human trafficking cause for celebration. The first evidence is numerical: This year’s DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk raised over […]