…and a black woman (trigger warning)

Three Young White Men and a Black Woman / Christiaen van Couwenbergh, 1632 / Musée des Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg The Bath / Jean-Léon Gérome, ca. 1880–1885 / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Mildred Anna Williams Collection

We Already Know How to Help These Women

I want to talk today about something difficult to discuss. You don’t hear about it in the news very often, likely because it affects people the West commonly ignores, and might be too overwhelming for the typical 24/7 news cycle. The problem is a medical one: fistula, or when an abnormal tract forms between two … Continue reading

Dirty Laundry

I’ve been reading up lately on a scandal in Ireland surrounding the Magdalene laundries/asylums. In case you’re unfamiliar with these crazy horrible places (as I was until just recently), here’s a quick run-through: Protestants and Catholics set up Magdalene laundries in Ireland – and elsewhere on a smaller scale – as a way to reform … 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

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

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

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

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

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