Who Can Sue Whom in Pa Civil Causes of Action Related to Human and Sex Trafficking 

Victim’s Consent Not Defense Under PA Human Trafficking Statute 4th Article by Ian S. Abovitz Stark & Stark  Wednesday, April 26, 2017 This is the fourth in a series of posts summarizing the civil causes of action available under the PA Human Trafficking Statute. Thus far, I have addressed who can sue under the statute … Continue reading Who Can Sue Whom in Pa Civil Causes of Action Related to Human and Sex Trafficking 

Chaos, Control: Four Poems for Uncertain Times

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It’s been a difficult, tense few days for many in the US and around the world. But even — if not especially — when words fail us in our everyday lives, there’s still poetry. Here are four powerful voices on the uncertainty of freedom, the complicated process of healing, and more.


Ra, “Chaos?

These are the first tacos
after 438 days in jail.
She’s smiling,
focusing on food,
and freedom.
She’s ignoring the noise,
the flickering lights,
the customers in mismatched clothes,
the music,
the people on phones,
the cleaning supplies,
the smells,
the traffic outside,
the door without locks.

She’s smiling,
but every time she sees this picture,
she tries to see
the freedom.
but can only see
the chaos.

Visit Ra’s post to see the photo that inspired this poem.


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UPENN Participates In  Shared Research Published on Trafficking and Youth Homelessness; though still excludes local survivors 

New Research Concludes: Key to ending trafficking of young people is to eradicate youth homelessness first. For decades, one set of activists and legislators have fought to end human trafficking, while a different set have worked tirelessly to try to end homelessness. Activists and legislators have rarely teamed up to fight the two issues simultaneously. The study - released April 2017 - is shared by Covenant House, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and Loyola University Modern Slavery Research Project in New Orleans. Bloggers note: UPENN has not been supportive of inclusion over my last three years of communication efforts.

Democracy for America Endorses Krasner 

Democracy for America chair Jim Dean told PW that the organization’s local affiliated group Philly for Change has “a strong track record of electing progressive candidates who are committed to battling income inequality and structural racism.” We’ll be mobilizing that grassroots support to elect Larry Krasner as Philadelphia’s next District Attorney.” Mums still the word on rumors that billionaire George Soros and his political war chest will come to Krasner’s aid in time for the May 16 primary.

(SOME) Sex Workers Attend 61st Commission on the Status of Women meeting in NYC  | Global Network of Sex Work Projects

At the 61st Commission on the Status of Women meeting in NYC, Penelope Saunders of Best Policy Practice spoke of the importance of conversation about economic justice inclusive of sex work. Many member states push for the Swedish Model, now shown to violate the human rights of sex workers, as outlined in NSWP’s Advocacy Toolkit: The Real Impact of the Swedish Model on Sex Workers.