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Telling a more complete story about child welfare

April 10th, 2019 by
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by: Heather Gehlert
original post on Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Gabriel Fernandez. Anthony Avalos. Zymere Perkins. Those are the names that immediately come to mind when I think about how the news media cover the child welfare system. All three were young boys of color and victims of extreme child abuse that resulted in their deaths. The media covered the details of their abuse in haunting detail, leaving images of each one seared in my mind.

The same is true for stories about domestic violence. Although the issue is underreported, when journalists do cover domestic violence, high-profile cases of individual survivors, like Janay Rice or Paula Patton, often dominate headlines. And in today’s digital age, coverage sometimes even includes video footage documenting the abuse.…

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January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January 14th, 2019 by
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An estimated 21 million people are trafficked globally at any given moment. This worldwide issue may seem like something we dismiss as, “This can’t happen here,” but trafficking can happen anywhere – in nail salons, restaurants, neighborhood homes, or local hotels.

According to the U.S. State Department, “Local communities face the realities and consequences of modern slavery, including weakened rule of law, strained public health systems, and decreased economic development, while traffickers profit from the exploitation of others.”…

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A Year in Review: How Have Workplaces Responded to #MeToo?

December 28th, 2018 by
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As individuals committed to advancing the safety, well-being, and economic security for survivors of gender-based violence, 2018 was a roller coaster ride filled with highs and lows. From accountability for perpetrators of workplace sexual harassment, to survivors finally being heard and believed, there was much to celebrate. But at the same time, we also witnessed failures by employers to meaningfully respond to the momentum of the #MeToo movement.…

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Healthy Relationships and Consent: Muslim Youth and Safety

December 3rd, 2018 by Nadiah Mohajir, Founder and Executive Director of HEART Women & Girls
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When I was in third grade, my best friend – who was in fifth grade – came running home after school, pulling me into my room, shutting the door, and exclaiming out of breath, “You will NOT believe what I learned today.”

And then, complete with diagrams of x’s and y’s, my friend told me all about her sex education class.

I listened intently, not interrupting her a single time. When she was finally done, she looked up and said, “So? What do you think? Can you believe it?”

Very calmly, I looked right back at her and very confidently said, “Well, that’s nice, but I just want you to know, Muslims don’t do that. So I really don’t know what you just learned.”

She looked right back at me with the same confidence and said, “They do. I asked my teacher.”

And that, friends, is how I came to …

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How to Improve the Health of Survivors of Domestic Violence

October 29th, 2018 by
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Our preliminary findings from a recent project are clear: partnerships between health care providers and domestic violence advocates can lead to better access to health care for survivors.

In recent years, health and domestic violence (DV) advocacy programs have increasingly partnered together to improve the health and safety of survivors, yet there is little data on the impact that these partnerships have on survivor health access and health outcomes.…

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