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

Ruined

This weekend I saw Ruined at Arena Stage in DC. I’d been waiting over a year to see this Pulitzer prize winner – ever since I first heard about it, really. Playwright Lynn Nottage wrote the piece after traveling to Africa to interview refugee women who had been victimized by the war in Congo. She … Continue reading

Thank Mom for Home

I got into forced migration because of my mother. Her commitment (obsession, almost, along with my dad) to giving me a stable home growing up caused me to feel deeply for people who do not have homes and are forced to wander. A lot of people I’ve met who work with refugees and trafficking victims … Continue reading

Displaced Women in Iraq

Iraqi woman carrying water Out of the almost 2 million internally displaced people (IDP) in Iraq, 13% are families headed by women. Most of these women are widows, although some have fled their communities because of gender-based threats. In a country that gives women less opportunities than men, IDP women and their families can have … Continue reading

Mother-in-Outlaw

Marie Barone, from Everybody Loves Raymond Courtesy tvland.com I was on a plane from Chicago to Philly when the girl next to me asked if Philadelphia is close to New Jersey. She was on her way to get married, she told me in broken English. She was from Southeast Asia. She was marrying a man … Continue reading

Mail Ordered Marriage

Mail order brides have long been associated with human trafficking and slavery. It’s kind of a no-brainer. Not knowing your future spouse can obviously cause some serious problems. There have been numerous cases of depression, suicide and domestic violence related to mail order marriage. The profit margin for many matchmaking services is extremely high, leaving … 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

Thoroughly Modern Millie and the Marginalized

In the hit musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie, the villain Mrs. Meers plays an ex-actress who works for a white slavery ring based in Hong Kong. She kidnaps pretty American girls and ships them to the Orient, using the help of her easily manipulated Chinese sidekicks, Ching Ho and Bun Foo. The Mrs. Meers subplot … Continue reading

Delisting for Listlessness

On Tuesday, August 24, attorneys general from 17 states wrote a joint letter asking for Craigslist.com to remove its Adult Services section. This letter follows a disturbing CNN report on illegal practices via Craigslist, as well as an open letter from two child trafficking survivors begging the company to take action and end the sale … Continue reading

Loved by the Marginalized

I picked up The Nanny Diaries a while back because I’d heard it was pretty good and written by graduates of my own little nontraditional college. It details the somewhat fictional experiences of a student named Nan who works as a nanny for presumably some of the worst people ever, or at least some of … Continue reading

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