Prostitution is often not a "choice," according to Faith Huckel of the sex trafficking organization Restore NYC.
Restore NYC is a non-profit organization created to help rebuild the lives of survivors of sex trafficking in New York City through "restoring freedom, safety and hope for foreign-born survivors of sex trafficking."
Sex trafficking is one of the fastest growing transnational crimes across the U.S. – but the scope of the problem is difficult to detect as victims are often mistaken for and treated as criminals, and not victims of modern day slave trade. more >>
Over 4,000 children lose their lives daily due to drinking unsafe water, exposure to poor sanitation, and hygiene-related diseases (referred to as WASH conditions) and, according to World Vision, eight million children are expected to die this year due to diseases caused by such issues. That is why the organization is using World Water Day as an occasion to draw special attention to the plight of those struggling to survive without clean water.
Water, sanitation, and hygiene are the "foundation for development," according to Randy Strash, a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Strategist and expert at World Vision. World Vision's Clean Water Fund is the main source of revenue for the organization in its work to bring relief to those in need of clean water.
"Water, sanitation and hygiene is absolutely critical for child and community well-being," Strash explained in a recent interview with The Christian Post. "If you don't have access to safe water, if you don't have good sanitation, if you don't have hygiene, all the other improvements are going to be like a band-aid on a major wound." more >>
A nondenominational Texas church that is working to help an African-focused charity provide fresh water for South Sudan has thus far raised $1.7 million for the effort.
Irving Bible Church of Irving, Texas, is helping to fund the efforts of Water is Basic, an organization which seeks to provide fresh water for the nascent African country.
Steve Roese, a pastor at IBC and founder of WiB, told The Christian Post that the group came about from conversations he had with Sudanese religious leaders. more >>
Organizers of an upcoming conference that will feature 100 human rights groups say an important purpose for the gathering is to further the success of Invisible Children, Inc.'s Kony 2012 campaign of bringing people together for a common cause.
Regent University School of Law's Center for Global Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law will host its first "Media and the Law: Seeking Justice for the Least of These" conference at the school's campus in Virginia Beach, Va., on March 29-31.
"The wildly successful Kony 2012 social media campaign demonstrated that artists, human rights advocates and legal professionals can work together to confront issues surrounding human trafficking, the legal protection of children, and international religious freedom," organizers of the event said in a statement from the school's law center. more >>
Invisible Children has produced a response video to critics of its KONY 2012 campaign that was launched by the organization last week aimed at capturing Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.
The KONY 2012 campaign gained massive attention in the cyber world last week, and within six days became the most viewed viral video of all time.
Despite massive amounts of attention and viewership, the campaign drew stark criticism from many arguing that the the producers simplified a complex problem and offered little historical narrative to educate viewers on the actual problems Ugandans are currently facing. more >>
This year on International Women's Day, women across the globe will gather to celebrate the successes, challenges, and joys of being a woman in the 21st century. Among those taking the time to celebrate the power of women this Thursday is Women of Vision (WOV), a volunteer ministry of women who are working to bring together the worlds of faith and international economic development to transform the lives of women and girls globally.
"Women of faith are finding their voices, saying we need to step out and speak out about these issues and use the gift that God has given us for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering," WOV National Director Cynthia Breilh told The Christian Post. "This is the time for women of faith to stand up, engage, and get active and say, 'Look we are not going to stand by and let our sisters around the world be oppressed and live in poverty.'
"It's within their hands to change their lives if we just help raise awareness and be a voice for them." more >>