January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month


2 million children are estimated to be trafficking victims of the sex trade each year.
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Editorial: The Fierce Urgency of Now

by Bob Simmons Today, and each year on this day, we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a national holiday. When America remembers Dr. King, we do well to recall the dreams he expressed at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, a century after...
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Human Trafficking – Too Close To Home

An Interview with IAT Director Heather Johnson  Sex trafficking is a growing problem and children are among its biggest victims. Unfortuantely, Charlotte is a particularly attractive location to those who profit from such exploitation.  Our work at Council for...
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Recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Month

JANUARY IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH …..and children are among its biggest victims.  Many think it is a problem that only affects third-world countries. The truth is North Carolina is a top-ten state in terms of human trafficking in this country.  Charlotte is...
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Should 16- and 17-year olds be in solitary confinement?

Troubling and excellent piece on use of solitary confinement for youth in adult jail here in Mecklenburg County produced by The Charlotte Observer. Another reason we believe that NC should #raisetheage. "In 12 windowless cells at Mecklenburg County’s Jail North,...

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After Stillness, Speak the Word Aloud

An End of Year Message from Bob Simmons, Executive Director, Council for Children's Rights We live in a noisy world. Voices are lifted in anger, frustration, and protest all around us. The cacophony of our political, technological, communal, and private lives...

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