The Visionary Life of Von: Liebster Awards

Click here: Liebster Awards. The Life of Von, a truly visionary friend of mine By Lara/Trace I say without hesitation, this Aussie adoptee changed my life and my writing. Von is my all-time favorite writer-blogger-adoptee.  I mean this sincerely. I read lots of blogs.  I found her when I was doing research for my memoir. […]

Princess Alayban to face charges of human trafficking

Dear Readers, The case of Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban, accused of human trafficking in the U.S., has caused a stir throughout the world. But do you know how the story was uncovered? A few weeks ago, the victim, identified as ‘Jane Doe,’ escaped Alayban’s home where she alleges she was forced to work 16 hours a […]

Why You Should Say No to Orphanage Tourism

By Daniela Papi At World Travel Mart Responsible Tourism Day, many of the world’s leading travel operators got together to discuss sustainability and impact issues fueled by the travel sector. There were an array of discussions including sessions covering child protection, wildlife tourism, local business development and a heated discussion around volunteer travel. The sessions […]

Adoptees Shouldn’t Have to Use Facebook to Find Their Birth Parents

The recent “Adoptee Searching Picture Meme” highlights what’s wrong with the American adoption system. This January, a 21-year-old Utah woman named Jenessa Simons located her birth mother via Facebook by posting a picture of herself holding her adoption information (“Born November 17, 1991…They named me Whitney”). The photo went viral, with more than 160,000 shares, […]

Coming Out of the Shadows in Union Square

Aura Bogado on March 29, 2013 Francisco Gutierrez speaks at Union Square, March 28, 2013. (Photo: Aura Bogado) One by one, some twenty people—mostly youth—stood under a canopy of butterflies in front of the George Washington statue in New York’s Union Square yesterday, and came out as undocumented. Despite some rain, their allies in […]

Documentary on femicide: it’s a girl

It’s a Girl Documentary Film In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls(1) are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide”. Girls who survive infancy are often subject […]

Researchers using Facebook data to determine signs of suicide

By phitran on January 28, 2013 2:00 PM Facebook is releasing its data to suicide prevention nonprofit,, in hopes of preventing future tragedies. The collaboration resulted from the recent suicide of internet activist, Aaron Schwartz. About 100 deaths from suicide occur each day in America. Young adults as especially at risk – suicide is […]

#anonymous #nonviolence #OWS

ACTIVISM Waging Nonviolence / By Nathan Schneider Read here: How ‘Anonymous’ Went From Mischief Makers to a Force That Terrifies Corporations and Governments Anonymous activists have become terrifying to the powers that be, despite (or perhaps because of) their apparent disorganization and probably in excess of their actual capacity. …Anonymous operates tactically, along the […]