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Finally. Some good news to start your day.

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My First Author Interview

Here’s the link to my first interview as a published author. So exciting.

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An Interview with Debut Author, J D Abbas.

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Survivor’s Poem

This is a powerful visual presentation of a poem written and performed by a survivor of domestic sex trafficking. Not for the faint of heart.

And I would add: not only are America’s daughters at risk, but our sons as well.

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Inspired Courage

I think of those who are still enslaved… and surviving–even though many times they may want to succumb, to give up, they do not. They are my heroes–innumerable, faceless heroes. They are my definition of courage. I think of them, and I’m inspired to work harder, to live better. It requires little courage to live a privileged life, a safe life. Though if one has ever been enslaved, even living in freedom–and relative safety–requires daily courage: to not forget, to not disconnect, to not be tempted to eradicate the scars, to not get lost in the tenebrious labyrinth of regret. Today, I am brave too. 

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Tim Matsui, the Genesis Project, and Seattle’s underage sex workers

I have followed photojournalist, Tim Matsui, and his work with the Alexia Foundation for about nine months. It was in his articles I first learned of the Genesis Project, an outreach to underage sex workers in the Seattle area, to help them leave the life or at least give them shelter and care for a time. It was started by a police officer who wanted to help rather than just arrest these kids. I’m excited to see their stories in this documentary.

Coming Soon: “The Long Night” – A Feature-Length Documentary by Tim Matsui & MediaStorm.

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From foster care into the sex trade

The article in the link below from Traffick Alerts brings up a lot of important issues connected with Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and the foster care/social service system. There are no easy answers but something has to be done about criminalizing a child victim who has already been crushed by being sold and exploited. Should they be further traumatized, labeled, and carry a criminal record for life? What is our responsibility as a society?

From foster care into the sex trade.

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I Want to Close My Eyes, but I Can’t

I’ve gotten several emails from menapat.org about the issue of child pornography on Facebook and, frankly, I just haven’t taken the time to read the articles and watch the video. I’m sick this morning, so I have time. I went to an article first: http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/international/the-man-who-wants-to-sue-facebook. I even read the comments, and like others there, I would love to close my eyes and believe these things don’t happen or this Raymond Bechard is just sensationalizing, etc. One of the commenters recommended watching the video I’ve attached below, so I did. In it, Pippa Jones interviews the executive director of Menapat, Men Against Pornography and Prostitution, http://menapat.org, Raymond Bechard. It is a very level-headed interview, informative and eye-opening, including steps of action. For those of us who are taking a stand against human trafficking, this is just one more piece. Please watch and do what you can.

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“Rape for Profit” movie wins award

The film “Rape for Profit” won Best Long Form Film at the Justice Film Festival last weekend! Congratulations. This documentary is set in Seattle, but it could be any major city. I posted the extended trailer on February 11, if you want to see that one as well.

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Seattle police officer starts a rescue project for domestic minor sex trafficking victims

The Genesis Project was started by Deputy Andy Conner in the Seattle area in 2011. Their target group is victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). Deputy Conner used to arrest prostitutes, now he helps them get out of the life. Blessings on this man and may more like him rise up.

Below are links to the Genesis Project and a powerful article by a photojournalist named Tim Matsui, another great man rising up and doing something to make a difference. Mr. Matsui’s article led me to the Genesis project. Matsui is doing a photojournalism research study on DMST in the Seattle area.

http://www.gpseattle.net/
http://www.alexiafoundation.org/blog/2013/02/11/the-robe-womens-initiative-update-from-tim-matsui/

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