The Unfortunate Fortune of Craigslist

Craigslist.com Poor Craigslist. It is hard to be popular. Craigslist.com is by far the largest classified advertising site in the United States. Each month, roughly 50 million users visit the site for everything from free couches to basset hound puppies. Its widespread popularity also makes it a hub for human traffickers: pimps who sell women … Continue reading

Sold in America

Today I’m reviewing a new documentary short: Sold in America. Directed by Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, Sold in America tells the stories of three women sold into slavery in the United States. The film does an excellent job in depicting how varied the means are for sex trafficking in America. The three women interviewed come from different … 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

Mental Disability and Migration

Recently a New York Times editorial spotlighted a growing problem in the US immigration system: the handling of illegal immigrants who are also mentally disabled. The issue is one that makes compassionate people on either side of the immigration debate fret. How does a nation offering a place for the tired, poor, and huddled deal … Continue reading

Tea: Debt and Migration

Who knew that a regular job producing a commodity the entire world consumes could lead to so much insecurity? Many women across the globe pick tea leaves in an effort to feed their families and provide education to their children. Despite the rain-or-shine, labor-intensive duties and low pay, the job provides income and, in many … Continue reading

Tea and the Marginalized

There may be no greater connection between one world and another than tea. In tea we pick the grasses and leaves of our native lands and ship them to another people who look and think differently than we do. Those people prepare the grasses and leaves in water and consume their essence. We drink the … Continue reading

Wear Revolting Shoes

Lucy: Ricky, Fred, we are revolting! Ricky: Not any more than usual. “Pioneer Women”, I Love Lucy, Season 1 Ladies (and friends of ladies), if you like shoes but hate slavery, it is time to revolt! ShoeRevolt.com is preparing to launch its online boutique on August 1st. Brain-child of Ateba Crocker, a professor who as … Continue reading

Octopus Witches and the Marginalized

As usual, a fortune-telling octopus is hogging the camera. For the last week, sports commentators, blogs and even the New York Times have found a new media darling in Paul the Octopus. Paul, an oracle from Germany, successfully predicted eight out of eight World Cup matches, including all of Germany’s games and the eventual championship … Continue reading

The Marginalized Families of Abu Salim Prison

Abu Salim Protest in DuPont Circle – Washington, DC 6/26/10 1996. A mother and her young daughter walk under a tough Libyan sun to the gate of Abu Salim Prison. They have come to see her son, the girl’s older brother, who was imprisoned a year earlier for speaking out against the regime of Muammar … 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

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