Tweets Re: North Korean Gulags

Thank you to everyone who followed along yesterday with my live tweets from the Hidden Gulag conference here in DC. It was a really fascinating event, and as you could probably tell I tried to capture as much as possible on Twitter. Before I post any further thoughts and resources, I wanted to give you … Continue reading

Caring for the Half-Widows

Half-widows, as they’re currently called in Kashmir, actually suffer all over the world – from India to Libya, Chile to Eastern Europe. Some have more difficulties than others, but all share one thing in common: their husbands vanished because of forced disappearance. Forced disappearance – also known as “enforced disappearance” or just “disappearance,” happens when … Continue reading

Warehousing All the Young Men

[Warehousing = The long-term encampment of refugees in violation of their rights according to the UN Refugee Convention of 1951. Also known as protraction.] When I first started studying the refugee experience I assumed that young men had it easiest. After all, young men typically incite a lot of the violence that causes refugee crises. … Continue reading

Thank Dad for Home

On Mother’s Day I sent out some gift ideas for Mom that would honor her while caring for some of the people who have not had the gift of stable home. Now it’s Dad’s turn, and in the same spirit, here are some gifts he just might love. Oh, and a few are perfect last-minute … Continue reading

Cancer Come and Me Wan’ Go Home

Bananas in the Store – by Steve Hopson, http://www.stevehopson.com In the last few decades, a large number of workers have migrated toward the banana plantations. That’s right, toward them. Even though the industry is corrupt and life is hard on a banana farm, many migrants feel any check is better than no check, and bananas … Continue reading

Found in Translation

Recently my husband went with Refugee Services to pick up a refugee from the airport and help him get to his new home. Usually this involves showing the individual or family around their new apartment, helping them understand what food is on their shelves, and then leaving them alone so that they can sleep for … Continue reading

Man-Power and the Marginalized

We talk a lot at TheMarginalized.com about human sex trafficking, a form of forced migration and a threat to women and children around the world. Even with all of the courageous and sacrificial lawyers, law enforcement agents and social workers fighting internationally to put a stop to this crime, nothing can compare with the strategy … Continue reading

Breaking Away at the World Cup

Breakaway is a story-based, football-themed electronics game that uses soccer to encourage good decisions in young people. Created through Champlain College, the development team has just released the first three episodes of Chapter One online and on CD. Better yet, they have also put it in the hands of multiple kids’ groups this year at … Continue reading

The World Cup and Marginalized Dreamers

It’s Movie Day at The Marginalized! Below I’ve attached an episode of Current TV’s Vanguard series. In this documentary, Mariana van Zeller explores a growing trend in Ghana: the exploitation and trafficking of many young African men who dream of finding fame by playing football in Europe. The episode is 45 minutes, so I know … Continue reading

Dads and Refugees

**Special Sunday Post: Happy Father’s Day! But wait, there’s more! Happy World Refugee Day! Today, while we honor our fathers, let’s also honor the courageous men, women and children who are sojourners in our world. Pray for their health and safety, and for the healing of their homelands. And pray a special prayer for the … Continue reading

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