Easy targets? Sex Trafficking in the Prison System

Mariam Paulose

“The eye doesn’t see what the mind doesn’t know.”  — D.H. Lawrence

We would like to believe slavery has been abolished since the 19th century yet it continues to exist all around us. We are oblivious to its many forms and intricate networks. Human trafficking, a form of modern slavery takes place right under our noses, locally within our own communities, in our grocery store parking lots, shopping malls, and an unexpected place this happens in is the U.S. prison system. Human trafficking within the U.S. prison system is often unrecognized or goes overlooked because it does not fit the widely perceived definition of human trafficking. Sex trafficking appears to be one of the widest forms of trafficking that occurs within the prison system. Continue reading

The Rohingya Genocide Continues

Regina Paulose

International crimes against the Rohingya have been perpetrated for decades and continues in the status quo, even after the alarming events of August 2017 that forced 700,00+ Rohingya people to flee into Bangladesh. Since that time there has been little progress made to achieve a long term solution for the Rohingya people. Continue reading

Armed Conflict and Sexual Violence: A Look at Victims and Perpetrators

Maria Concepcion Badiola

Women are said to be more vulnerable and therefore are more likely to suffer sexual violence. For that reason, the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols specifically safeguards the rights and safety of them and this measure constitutes a positive way to protect those rights and avoid the perpetration of sexual crimes. However, and despite the legislation is clear on prohibiting sexual violence, a big problem related is the misconception on gender roles as well as the male protection within the law. Continue reading

End Conversion Therapy for Minors

Author: Regina Paulose

Conversion therapy (also known as “reparative,” “re-orientation,” or “cure” therapy) is a type of psychotherapy which professionals or ex-gay ministries use to allegedly “cure” or “help” a person who is gay eliminate or suppress feelings towards the same sex. Continue reading

Environmental Injustice in Taiwan

Taiwan is home to 16 aboriginal tribes; among these tribes are the Tao (also known as the Yami) peoples who inhabit Orchid Island, some 65 miles off the coast of Taiwan. In the 1980’s, unbeknownst to the Tao people, the tip of Orchid Island was turned into a nuclear waste dump. Continue reading