Good News Friday

It’s Friday! Good news time! 1. Georgia Kicks Human Trafficking’s Ass Georgia has passed one of the toughest laws on human trafficking in the country. A major hub for traffickers, Georgia will now require a 25-year minimum sentence for anyone convicted of using coercion to traffic someone under the age of 18. Relative to other … Continue reading

Social Media and Human Rights

Social media has opened a pathway to democracy. While I am gathering a group for a party over Facebook, other people more oppressed than I am are gathering for revolution and recording atrocities on their smartphones. Amnesty International’s 2011 report: The State of the World’s Human Rights opens with an introduction about this phenomenon and … Continue reading

Combatting Human Trafficking Through International Investigations

A lot of news (the good kind) has been coming out recently about rescue operations to help free victims of human trafficking. International Justice Mission (IJM) has had a particularly successful month. Most of these rescue operations come about after tireless investigations by unnamed heroes. International Investigations and How they Work International investigations happen a … Continue reading

Underground Prisons

Libya just released four New York Times journalists. This is wonderful news, especially after Libya’s secretive, underground prison system made headlines last week. Libya is rather infamous for wrongful imprisonment and mistreatment of convicts, including the alleged massacre at Abu Salim, but it is certainly not alone in prisoner abuse. Indeed the wrongful imprisonment of … Continue reading

Going Bananas Over Land Ownership

In order to grow a lot of bananas, companies need a lot of land. Their methods of attaining said land vary, but inevitably it is impossible to have a large banana plantation and a local community of land owners. Sometimes the companies build entire villages for the purpose of growing bananas. As it is on … Continue reading

Faith-Based and Slave-Free

Many churches, temples and other faith-based organizations serve coffee, tea and cocoa to their attendants. Increasingly these groups want to see their consumer choices reflect a heart for justice and compassion, so many are turning to Fair Trade and other ethically grown products. Why the switch? Cocoa farms in West Africa grow most of the … 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

Micah Calling for Justice

This statue of the prophet Micah stands outside the moot court auditorium at Georgetown University. Below it a plaque quotes Micah’s words: He has showed you, O man what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God.

Koman Coulibaly and the Marginalized

Today the U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Algeria in their final group round match of the World Cup. In case you’ve been unconscious for the last week and missed it, last week’s game between the United States and Slovenia ended in both glory and controversy. The U.S. recovered from a 2-0 deficit to tie … Continue reading

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