Trick or Treat? The True Cost of Chocolate

While my son is getting ready to head out tonight to harvest Halloween candy, excited by the chance to lug a pillowcase full of chocolate bars around the neighborhood,I’ve been thinking about the children who harvest the cocoa that goes into the chocolate in his bag. Because while he finds an evening of hauling candy … Continue reading Trick or Treat? The True Cost of Chocolate

Mayor’s Vatican Meeting Brings Minnesota’s Vision for Combatting Human Trafficking to World Stage

When Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges meets with the Vatican, she has the opportunity to highlight a position that Minnesota law reflects and to which our community has committed: the prostitution of another person is human trafficking. When it comes to defining human trafficking, Minnesota law looks at the behavior of the trafficker: did that person … Continue reading Mayor’s Vatican Meeting Brings Minnesota’s Vision for Combatting Human Trafficking to World Stage

Déjà Vu All Over Again

This morning I opened my e-mail to a string of comments relating to an ad in City Pages, our local Voice Media Group publication. “Outrageous.” “Sickening and repulsive.” “Disgusting.” Of course, I had to see for myself what was prompting this reaction. The item in question was an ad for local strip club Déjà Vu. … Continue reading Déjà Vu All Over Again

Advocating for the Rights of Children in Ethiopia

During the week of September 22, the International Oromo Youth Association's (IOYA) president, vice president, and I were in Geneva—invited there to meet with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the treaty body that oversees implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. IOYA worked diligently to raise funds from … Continue reading Advocating for the Rights of Children in Ethiopia