Meet Our New Author!

I’m really excited to announce that TheMarginalized.com is gaining an author: Michael Castle-Miller! Michael will be writing on law and development from a human rights perspective, which will include urban planning, relevant national and international cases, and more. Anyone who knows Michael knows he’s a great fit for a this site; but in case you … Continue reading

Congress: Fight Human Trafficking By Not Paying For It Yourself

A bill passing its way through Congress would require large companies to report their efforts against human trafficking. Companies making more than $100 million annually would have to reveal any work they’ve done to ensure that forced labor did not contribute to their products, like audits or on-site inspections. Huh? So companies that do the … Continue reading

Good News Friday!

1. Human Trafficking Getting More Attention A follow up to last week’s news about Tennessee passing anti-trafficking legislation: now they’re also looking into creating new shelters for victims. As state laws change to protect minors in the sex trade as victims, more metro areas are finding a need for housing, counseling and other transitioning assistance. … Continue reading

Good News Friday

It’s Friday again, and a day for good news. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been looking forward to a little pick-me-up. So here’s a rundown of some great things happening: Anti-Trafficking Laws Passed in Tennessee On Tuesday, the governor of my favorite state signed a series of bills meant to protect victims of … 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

Law or Roof?

Polling lines and roofs, Iraq 2005 – public domain When asked about their greatest needs, internally displaced people (IDP) in Iraq list legal help above shelter, sanitation and education. Why? Why request a lawyer before a roof? In general, access to work, food, and shelter have been the most pressing concerns for Iraqi IDP’s since … Continue reading

Craigslist, The Post, and Freedom

You’ve probably heard that recently, after many long ordeals and forceful requests by various state attorneys general, Craigslist finally shut down its adult services ads. Many people wrongly believe that the pressure against Craigslist was related only to prostitution, and thus are angered by the presumed attempt to censor an act that some activists think … 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

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

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