Celebrating St. Patrick: From Slave to Saint

Written by John Roach for National Geographic (from 3/16/09): “On St. Patrick’s Day—Tuesday, March 17—millions of people will don green and celebrate the Irish in, and around, them with parades, good cheer, and perhaps a pint of beer. But few St. Patrick’s Day revelers have a clue about St. Patrick, the man…” For the rest … More Celebrating St. Patrick: From Slave to Saint

Day 1 After International Women’s Day – Still Celebrating, Still Advocating

At only 17-yr old, Malala Yousafzai was the youngest recipient, at the time in 2014, as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her courageous advocacy of girls education in her home region of Swat District, Pakistan. Blogged for BBC as early as 11-yr old and almost died from being assassinated by a Taliban soldier when … More Day 1 After International Women’s Day – Still Celebrating, Still Advocating

Top Prosecutors from UK and Ireland Pledge to Work Together to Tackle Human Trafficking

Originally posted on BBC News on October 17, 2014— “Top prosecutors from across the UK and Ireland have pledged to work together to tackle human trafficking, described by one as “the slavery of our times”. The heads of prosecution services in Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland met amid a rise … More Top Prosecutors from UK and Ireland Pledge to Work Together to Tackle Human Trafficking

ENGLAND: Ringleader of Human Trafficking Gang that Arranged Sham Marriages Jailed

Published on the Dewsbury Reporter on April 1, 2014— “A Dewsbury man who was the ringleader of a human trafficking gang that arranged sham marriages has been jailed. Sandor Orsos, of Crawshaw Street, and Pakistani Shahbaz Khan, from Bury, headed up a gang that trafficked three women from Hungary into the UK through the Port … More ENGLAND: Ringleader of Human Trafficking Gang that Arranged Sham Marriages Jailed

SOUTH SUDAN: Former Child Soldier Speaks Out with a Very Unpalatable Message about Gangs

By David Cohen for The London Evening Standard on February 7, 2014— “A child soldier from South Sudan visited a London gang forum and told the group of vulnerable teenagers: “I also used to be in a gang. The only difference is that mine was massive — it was called the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. … More SOUTH SUDAN: Former Child Soldier Speaks Out with a Very Unpalatable Message about Gangs

Three Accounts of How Britain’s Child Soldiers Are Missing Out On Proper Education

For The Guardian on February 26, 2014— “Zoe Williams obscures the context in which army education takes place (Meet the graduates of the mud-crawl challenge, 22 February). Army recruitment materials actively target young teenagers. A child can begin the enlistment process at the age of 15 years and seven months – before they sit their … More Three Accounts of How Britain’s Child Soldiers Are Missing Out On Proper Education

UK: Mariana Popa Killed Working as a Prostitute after Police Drove Her and Others Off the Streets

Mariana Popa was fatally stabbed on her beat. Fellow sex workers say a Met police campaign to drive them off the streets had forced her to work on her own, leading to her murder. Mariana Popa, a Romanian, had been in England only three weeks when she was killed in Redbridge, east London. Campaigners say … More UK: Mariana Popa Killed Working as a Prostitute after Police Drove Her and Others Off the Streets