Not a Touchdown Yet

It was really awesome to see how much press human trafficking got before the Super Bowl. It felt like everywhere I turned, from Facebook to local news, people were banding together and joining the cause. I know a number of folks down in Texas added the National Human Trafficking Hotline to their phones, and groups … 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

A World Cup with Less Injuries

On Sunday, the Netherlands took on Spain in the final World Cup match. Spain is obviously a tremendous team, and to fight them it seemed clear that Holland was forced to use some violent tactics, even deserving of red cards. The game will be remembered, among other things, as the most penalty-ridden World Cup final … Continue reading

The World Cup Finals and the Refugee Experience

This Sunday, the World Cup will come to a close with a European battle of wills: Spain and the Netherlands, two teams that have never won the championship, will fight it out to see who can make history first. Both countries are known for partying hard, and the celebrations of either team’s win will likely … Continue reading

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

The World Cup and Marginalized Dreamers

It’s Movie Day at The Marginalized! Below I’ve attached an episode of Current TV’s Vanguard series. In this documentary, Mariana van Zeller explores a growing trend in Ghana: the exploitation and trafficking of many young African men who dream of finding fame by playing football in Europe. The episode is 45 minutes, so I know … Continue reading

The Real Football and the Good in Life

[The video above is from NotforSale: South Africa, and expresses the excitement leading up to the World Cup, not just as fans but as activists. It presents the fun and anticipation of working to end a terrible crime like slavery by giving human trafficking “the red card”.] A few people have commented over the past … Continue reading

The Real Football and North Korea

It is always strange for me to see North Koreans compete at high-profile events like the World Cup. It seems out of place: the most brutal dictatorship on earth taking part in fun and games. Something doesn’t seem right about it, like stories about children raised by wolves. They often seem to get there, though, be … Continue reading

A More Perfect Union: the TIP Report

Secretary Clinton Announces Release of 2010 TIP Report – photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of State The 2010 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report was released yesterday – the tenth report of its kind. The comprehensive, global report is a resource for groups working to combat trafficking, from American suburbs to African villages. The report included the … Continue reading

Refugees and the Real Football: World Cup Begins

It is World Cup day, everyone! At 9am CST, Mexico will face off against home team and underdog South Africa. In all the excitement and buzz, here’s one last topic to pray about and consider as you enjoy the games. Life in South Africa is very hard for refugees, and it can be even harder … Continue reading

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