my crazy: human trafficking, historical trauma

Historical traumaBy LARA

I have written here on this blog about my becoming Lara, integrating parts of my persona that were buried or stunted or created as an adoptee growing up with strangers.

I had posted on Facebook (as Trace) how I experienced huge chunks of CRAZY, had patterns of unhealthy behavior and even how big blocks of memory seemed hazy or gone. This does not make me any different (or better off or worse off) than others.  If I am to heal myself, I need to know and see how I coped as this little girl who lived in fear and confusion.

My thoughts now?  My crazy hazy chunks of time were in fact self-preservation – it was the only way I could handle what I had to face to avoid fracturing or destroying my delicate developing mind. (And this did happen to others living in a dysfunctional setting in childhood.) I am now aware I had various coping tools, as did my friends. One of the best tools was a vivid imagination. Another one: listening to the small voice inside, a voice of sanity and clarity. Another tool was determination. I was determined to survive and very determined to create a safe environment for myself as a young adult, when I could move physically and emotionally away from where I was raised. I was determined to open my adoption and find my relatives and my ancestry. I never lost that determination. I grew strong.

I had a conversation a few days ago with my friend and co-author Patricia [Our anthology is Two Worlds: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects] about this process of integration, how we created little people who could handle situations, a character and persona tougher than us – and now as grown-ups, these little people are no longer needed.  I am not suggesting we had multiple personalities. That is too psycho-speak for us.  As babies and toddlers, we were confronted with strangers who called themselves our parents and they had their own instability. (Both of us had an alcoholic parent). Their imbalance caused our childhoods to be terrifying and unstable. That can put us in a situation of weakness and vulnerability. Our real fears made us very unstable and untrusting.

We chose to survive so we had to be creative in some way. Being creative is an outlet for a grief this enormous. Patricia is definitely an artist and I was a musician – and we both kept journals.

Add to that we are abandoned as infants and not nurtured and denied the bonds with our mother-creator. That also created an instability and frailty that carried forward from childhood to adulthood. This trauma is called the PRIMAL WOUND. Read Nancy Verrier if you are curious.

Remember the movie The Three Faces of Eve? Though Eve was an adult, she had created personalities who could stand-in for her. One movie that terrified me was SYBIL. Sally Fields played a child who was terribly abused and created numerous personalities who stood in for her while she underwent the abuse.  In therapy, these movie characters found out they had created stand-ins, what I call the little people. When they are no longer needed they can melt away. Or integrate back into the soul.

9781479318285_COVERSplit Feathers, what American Indians call adoptees or their lost children, have this integration challenge.  It has nothing to do with being crazy, though adoptees tell me they feel like they acted crazy in trying to deal with the strangers who raised us.  I don’t see how we could not be crazy. What other method would work? We had to be split.

Patricia and I are both Native adoptees.  We know this history now. We know it’s historical trauma in our DNA. We know we have the tools to heal this ourselves.

Even as kids we could see we were very different from our stranger parents, yet adoption forced us to pretend, be good and show we were grateful.  Isn’t that crazy?

Anyone who questions the Adoption Cartel (and their propaganda and billions in profit) will be called crazy.

What is crazy are the people who believe “adoption” works so well. How a closed adoption is good – that is crazy. Punishing a woman for having a baby while unmarried and forcing her to give up her child – that is crazy. Sealing our adoption records – that is crazy.  Giving people the idea they can buy an orphan – that is crazy. Believing an adopted child won’t want to know the truth or find their birth relatives – that is crazy.

There are couples right now holding a bake sale, asking their friends to raise money so that they can adopt an orphan. That is crazy – dangerously crazy! Read The Child Catchers if you want the truth about orphans (and how many of these children are not orphans at all but have living parents!! They are sold into adoption as a commodity.)

The fact is adoption is human trafficking.  If a child is taken from their natural parent(s) and sold to strangers, that is trafficking.  If money is exchanged for children and babies, that is trafficking. If lawyers and judges and adoption agencies charge money to handle babies for sale, they are trafficking in humans.

I do write this as a survivor of human trafficking, what was a closed adoption that I opened.  I write this from a place of sanity and balance, after years of working on myself, knowing myself, finding my relatives, and yes, learning the truth.

No, I am not crazy.

I do plan to keep blogging about HUMAN TRAFFICKING in 2014. Patricia and I are working on a new collection of adoption narratives by Native American adoptees that will be published in 2014. The new anthology CALLED HOME will also include adoptees who cannot access and open their sealed files.

Thanks for following this blog!  I’ll be back right after the holiday season! xoxox

Happy Holidays!

Endless Fukushima catastrophe

2020 Olympics under contamination threat

Fukushima 2013As the escape of radiation at Fukushima seems virtually unstoppable, there are still steps that governments all over the world should take to prevent worst case consequences. One of them would be canceling the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Scientific estimates predict that the radioactive plume travelling east across the Pacific will likely hit the shores of Oregon, Washington State and Canada early next year. California will probably be impacted later that year. Because the ongoing flow of water from the reactor site will be virtually impossible to stop, a radioactive plume will continue to migrate across the Pacific affecting Hawaii, North America, South America and eventually Australia for many decades.

We are only talking about ocean currents, however, fish swim thousands of miles and don’t necessarily follow the currents. As noted in Part I, big fish concentrate radiation most efficiently, and tuna have already been caught off the coast of California containing cesium from Fukushima. Seaweed also efficiently concentrates radioactive elements.

As I contemplate the future at Fukushima, it seems that the escape of radiation is virtually unstoppable. The levels of radiation in buildings 1, 2 and 3 are now so high that no human can enter or get close to the molten cores. It will therefore be impossible to remove these cores for hundreds of years if ever.

Buildings 1, 2 & 3

If one of these buildings collapses, the targeted flow of cooling water to the pools and cores would cease, the cores would become red hot and possibly ignite releasing massive amounts of radiation into the air and water and the fuel in the cooling pools could ignite. It is strange that neither the US government in particular nor the global community seem to be concerned about these imminent possibilities and exhibit no urge to avert catastrophe.

Similarly the global media is strangely disconnected with the ongoing crisis. Most importantly, the Japanese government until very recently has obstinately refused to invite and collaborate with foreign experts from nuclear engineering companies and/or governments.

Building 4

This structure was severely damaged during the initial quake, its walls are bulging, and it sank 31 inches (79cm) into the ground. On the roof sits a cooling pool containing about 250 tons of hot fuel rods, most of which had just been removed from the reactor core days before the earthquake struck. This particular core did not melt because TEPCO was able maintain a continuous flow of cooling water, so the rods and their holding racks are still intact, but geometrically deformed due to the force of the hydrogen explosion.

The cooling pool contains 8,800 pounds of plutonium plus over 100 other highly radioactive isotopes. Instead of this core melting into a larval mass like the other three cores, it sits exposed to the air atop the shaky building. A large earthquake could disrupt the integrity of the building, causing it to collapse and taking the hot fuel rods with it. The cooling water would evaporate and the intrinsic heat of the radioactive rods would ignite a fire as the zirconium cladding reacted with air, releasing the radioactive equivalent of 14,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs and 10 times more cesium than Chernobyl.


Not only would the Northern Hemisphere become badly contaminated, but the Japanese government is seriously contemplating evacuating 35 million people from Tokyo should this happen. TEPCO has constructed a steel frame to strengthen the shaky building in order to place a massive crane on the roof so they can extract the hot rods by remote control. This operation is always performed by computer and a remote manually-controlled extraction has never been attempted before. If the rods are deformed, a rod could fracture releasing so much radiation that the workers would have to evacuate or, should they touch each other, a chain reaction could release huge amounts of radiation.

I defer to Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer in whom I have great faith. He says that a 2-meter thick zeolite wall should be constructed some distance from the reactors on the mountainside, which would effectively absorb the cesium from the water surrounding the reactor cores so it could not get out and further pollute the pure water descending from the mountain. At the same time, channels must be constructed to pump and divert the unpolluted mountain water into the sea. Then the three molten cores and their associated buildings could be immersed in concrete as the Soviets did at Chernobyl, and the situation could possibly be neutralized for about 100 years. What our poor descendants will then decide to do with this radioactive rubbish dump is beyond my comprehension.

However, as one Japanese official said, “If we just buried them no one would look at another nuclear plant for years.” An interesting reaction, so it is perfectly obvious that despite the calamity, they still want to pursue the nuclear option.

North America and Canada the EPA should immediately start monitoring the fish routinely caught off the west coast and it must also, as a matter of urgency, establish many effective airborne monitors up and down the west coast and across the US continent, so that if there is another large release of radiation it will be effectively measured and the information rapidly passed on to the public. The same holds true for Canada.

The US and Canadian governments must forthwith ban imported food from Japan, unless each batch is monitored for contamination, and the food grown in the US and Canada needs to be effectively monitored pending another major accident. The US has allowed food measuring up to 1,200 Becquerels per kilo to be sold in the US from Japan, while the Japanese allowable concentration for food is only 100 Becquerels per kilo. What does the US government think it is doing purposely exposing people to radioactive food? This situation must be urgently amended.

An aerial view shows the Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and its contaminated water storage tanks (top) in Fukushima, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 31, 2013.(Reuters / Kyodo)An aerial view shows the Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and its contaminated water storage tanks (top) in Fukushima, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 31, 2013.(Reuters / Kyodo)

Nuclear Olympics

Given these impending problems, how can Japanese Prime Minister Abe possibly say that Tokyo will be safe for the Olympics? He actually said that “there is absolutely no problem” and “the situation is under control.” Does he not understand that parts of Tokyo are already radioactively contaminated and that his government is dumping ashes from the incineration of thousands of tons of radioactive debris from the tsunami and earthquake into Tokyo Bay? Is this what the athletes will be swimming in?

What if there is another major release of radiation before the Olympics? Young fit people who have spent years in rigorous training must, under no circumstances be exposed to radioactive air, food or water. And how can Abe possibly consider spending all that money housing people in expensive accommodation and constructing stadiums etc. when his own people – 160,000 Fukushima refugees – live in shacks and millions still live in highly radioactive zones and when the Fukushima complex is out of control?

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Comments on “Endless Fukushima catastrophe: 2020 Olympics under contamination threat”

In a recent video I heard Ms. Caldicott saying that it may be necessary to evacuate the entire Northern Hemisphere. If that happens, who will maintain all of the hundreds of nuclear power plants throughout that hemisphere? The answer is: “No one.” They will all eventually melt down.   Fukushima is just the beginning.

MORE: The EPA is doing nothing to warn air travelers of this danger. More about this here Please also see this it includes a very thought provoking warning by Marc Sircus, L Ac in Brazil.

Baby Sellers

BABY SELLERS: ICE to be featured in Lifetime made-for-TV movie

Baby sellers

Mystery, intrigue and suspense are just some of the things that viewers can expect from Lifetime’s new two-hour made-for-TV original movie “Baby Sellers,” set to air Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. EST. In the movie, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent Nic Morrison, played by Jennifer Finnigan, stumbles upon an international human trafficking ring, which specializes in selling infants. According to Lifetime, Baby Sellers exposes “the dark international crime enterprise of infant trafficking…” Carla Huxley, played by Kirstie Alley, is “a well-respected, influential owner of a major U.S.-based adoption agency… Morrison… believes Huxley is fueling a global business that stops at nothing to find the right child for the right owner – at the right price – and goes undercover to bring her sordid operation down.”

ICE has stated that it is serious about ending human trafficking, and considers it as one of the most heinous crimes that it investigates. In its worst manifestation, human trafficking is akin to modern-day slavery. Victims can find themselves forced into prostitution, involuntary labor and other forms of servitude. Much like the movie Baby Sellers, in certain cases, the victims are mere children. They find themselves surrounded by an unfamiliar culture and language without identification documents, fearing for their lives and the lives of their families. ICE relies on tips from the public to dismantle these organizations. ICE encourages the public to look and listen for suspicious activity. Trafficking victims are often hidden in plain sight, voiceless and scared.

Baby Sellers is Executive Producer Robert Halmi Sr.’s follow-up to his 2005 Lifetime movie “Human Trafficking,” which starred Mira Sorvino, Donald Sutherland and Robert Carlyle, and also featured ICE. Baby Sellers was produced by Reunion Pictures; executive produced by Halmi, Sr. and Matthew O’Connor; directed by Nick Willing; and the screenplay was written by Suzette Couture and William Gray.

toxic stress: a toxic legacy

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 Domestic abuse and neglect can have a devastating effect on  children, but early intervention programs are providing a ray of hope.

Illustration: Matt Davidson.Illustration: Matt Davidson.

His rage was never far from the surface. Dinner was served too early. Dinner was served too late. The house wasn’t clean enough. It didn’t take much to set  him off.

The children knew to disappear when he got ”that look”. They’d feared their  father’s violent mood swings since they were toddlers. But on this day,  something snapped in 11-year-old Jack*.

”His father was screaming, ‘Clean up this f—ing pigsty’, and he’d run off  to hide. I sent my daughter to her bedroom and my husband followed her and  physically pulled her out of bed. I tried to stop him and my son appeared from  nowhere and just stood in the doorway between us. He was yelling, ‘Leave her  alone and leave my mum alone’. He went from being a frightened little boy,  hiding, to being my protector. That’s when I knew we had to leave. We packed the  car and left that night.”

For 21 years, Renee* had been emotionally, verbally and sexually abused by  the man she met in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs as a 15-year-old schoolgirl.

 A 1.8-metre-tall truck driver who became hooked on speed, he towered  over  her petite frame, using degradation and control as his weapons.

”He’d call me a lying, stealing, maggot c— and tell me he was  going to  take the kids and I’d never see them again. It broke every  single part of  me.

”He was just constantly battering and beating me down. While my  daughter  would be in the bed with me sleeping, he would climb on top of  me knowing that  I wouldn’t have screamed because she was there. He’d  tell me that he would  break me before he’d let me go.”

Witnessing the abuse left an indelible mark on Jack*, who was 11, and Mia*,  eight, when they fled the family home with their mother 3½ years ago. Jack  retreated into silence, consumed by worry about being his family’s provider. His  sister began self-harming. She was prone to fits of uncontrollable rage.

Their reaction is increasingly common, according to child development experts  who warn of an emerging phenomenon of ”toxic stress” in young people who have  experienced prolonged trauma.

In a state of constant alert, the child’s ”fight or flight” stress response  goes into overdrive, causing physiological changes to the architecture of the  brain.

The results can be catastrophic. As cell growth is impaired and the formation  of healthy neural circuits is disrupted, the child struggles to regulate  emotions.

Changes in the hippocampus – the part of the brain responsible for memory and  emotional control – cause shrinkage, which in turn can trigger learning and  behavioural problems, difficulty with impulse control and a heightened sense of  rage and self-loathing.

* Names have been changed

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adoption trafficking

Adoption Trafficking:  Taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

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Adoption is really taking children from the poor and giving to the rich.  Adoption Trafficking is coercive language that in the end, the person of ‘power’  manipulates the vulnerable parent, typically the mother, out of her child.  The end goal is to fulfill the demand of wanting infertile adopters and financially benefiting the industry.  The adoption fees are disguised as the costs to ‘process’ the child for adoption and can cost as high as $60,000+ for each transaction.  It’s modern day, 21st century, legalized child trafficking.  Think of how much that $60,000 could help a community in Uganda, China, India keeping families together.  Instead it’s an undercurrent of corruption in foreign countries all happening from the demand of rich Westerners.  The middle man (adoption agencies) strips away the true identity of the child and the adopter buys the child, so he or she will become one of their ‘own’.  In the adopters minds they may think of it as saving an ‘orphan’ or a ‘solution for infertility issues’, but there is strategic modern day ‘verbiage’ agencies use, social workers,lawyers or counselors (or anyone working for the adoption industry) to manipulate young mothers out of their children and that took decades to perfect. “You are too young”, “your child deserve to be brought up in a two parent home”, “how are you going to raise your child by yourself?”  “You have nothing” The person in power starts planting seeds of fear into the mothers head to create doubt.  At the end of the day the goal is to get the child, the younger the child the better (because they sell for the most profit).  Religious rhetoric is used also to convince the mother that she is not worthy and incapable of raising her own child, by the Evangelical Orphan Movement.  Christians use God as the reason why one mother deserves the child more then another mother.  Christian and non-christian agencies use photolistings of children on the websites implying that they are ‘real’ orphans.  Sadly, you really have no idea if the children online are true orphans.  The pictures of the children creates emotional feelings to the shopper and the agency even sets up an easy ‘favorite folder’ to keep the children in a special folder to go back to several times a day.  Millions upon millions of children are stolen from all around the world, and millions of millions of parents are  lied to, coerced, manipulated to fill the high demands in the West.  It needs to STOP! Photolisting should be illegal and exploits the child.  Taking advantage of poor vulnerable families is a crime.  Adoption Agencies are wolves in sheep clothing.  My advice:  If you are an adoptee start investigating your own adoption.  Are you a true orphan?  If you do not have proof and/or your paperwork is falsified then the agency you adopted from could be guilty of Adoption Trafficking.  Start asking the agencies the hard questions, and if you don’t get answers then keep investigating until you  have the answers.  Agencies are getting away with NOT having to be transparent with adoptions and ‘protecting’ us from our real parents that live across the ocean.  HMMMM, how convenient!!!!  How sickening, how sad, how infuriating!  They enjoy keeping us separate from the TRUTH because they never have to answer to us.  They never have to pay for their sins!   It’s time we start doing our own investigations even if we need to go to the media.  If they are telling the truth then they have nothing to hide.  Lets start finding our real families! To HELL with adoption agencies for selling children!

The Trafficking Protocol defines human trafficking as:

COMMENTS: spam or real?

WordPress (Photo credit: Adriano Gasparri)

By Trace/Lara

I have tons of comments (30+ on some days) which hit the spam folder saying things like “how do I design a blog like this?” and “How do you find the information you include?” (some are gibberish while others are trying to sell us shit.)

Well, I have been an editor (for newspapers mostly) since 1996 and prior to that I was a writer-in-training and in pursuit of writing full-time. (I have unpublished stories and plays and poems to prove it, truly).

The articles I choose for this blog are either in the news or relevant to what I am researching. I love film and photography. I want to keep learning so I am posting what I learn about human trafficking and modern day slavery and the most important one to me: Adoption! (I am an adoptee) Other hot topics (for me) are Indian Country and news affecting all Native Americans.

I have two books out on adoption (a memoir One Small Sacrifice and an anthology Two Worlds: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects) (and a poetry chapbook SLEEPS WITH KNIVES) and I do constantly read other blogger’s writing: to be smarter, more compassionate and understand other viewpoints.

And I am a publisher for other Native writers so that keeps my mind and hands extra busy doing BLUE HAND BOOKS.

Thanks for commenting on this blog – some are so wise and very appreciated, others were spam but some were questions I did want to answer….

PS: I have other blogs:

I am still learning, how about you?

Lara Hentz is Trace DeMeyer



slave traders(Yup, I am a really big reader)

Chinese Officials Admit ‘Cancer Villages’ Due To Pollution Exist

English: Air pollution
English: Air pollution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chinese Officials Admit ‘Cancer Villages’ Due To Pollution Exist.

According to Chinese business magazine Caijing, Chinese officials with the Ministry of Environment Protection confirmed the existence of cancer villages in a statement announcing plans to alleviate pollution and its harmful side effects.

“The toxic chemicals have caused many environmental emergencies linking to water and air pollutions,” the Ministry announced. “There are even some serious cases of health and social problems like the emergence of cancer villages in individual regions.”

Eugenics: Forced Birth Control For Ethiopian Immigrants

Ethiopian Jewish children waiting to make aliyah.
Ethiopian Jewish children waiting to make aliyah. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Israel Admits Forced Birth Control For Ethiopian Immigrants

‘We were afraid … We didn’t have a choice … So we accepted the injection’

  – Beth Brogan, staff writer

The Israeli government has admitted to routinely forcing women of Ethiopian origin to be injected with long-acting birth control.

Members of the Falashmura community in Ethiopia, waiting to immigrate to Israel. (Photograph: Anshel Pfeffer) The admission followed an investigation by Israeli television journalist Gal Gabbay in which women who immigrated from Ethiopia eight years ago said they were told they would not be allowed into Israel unless they agreed to be injected with Depo-Provera, Haaretz reported.

Author and Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah writes that the practice may be in violation of the Genocide Convention, and should be taken in the context of a history of discrimination against Ethiopians by Israel:

[I]f indeed the goal of those who administered the program was to target Ethiopian women, and to reduce the number of births they have, then the policy may be a crime under Article II(d) of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

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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 the third leading cause of death among those between the ages of 15-24. Likewise, Facebook’s median user age is 22, making the social network a rich source for studies of social behaviors leading up to suicide.

Facebook is not alone in its humanitarian efforts to prevent suicide. Using Google’s search engine to look up information regarding suicide will bring up the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Likewise, Twitter’s public data is available to any researchers wishing to mine information – it’s already being used to track the flu.

Facebook users may not like this latest decision from the social media giant – most users consider Facebook’s privacy policy a major point of contention. Facebook has already asked a federal court to dismiss a $15 billion lawsuit from its users who disapprove of the company’s ubiquitous tracking of activities on other internet sites. Facebook can leverage its powerful role, but it must balance its privacy policy with more transparency if it wishes to continue with its good deeds.

Facebook’s role in suicide prevention might be minor, but if it can potentially save a life will users be so quick to judge? Earlier this year, rapper Freddy E eerily tweeted his final moments prior to taking his own life. As someone who have witnessed a friend on Facebook days prior to a suicide, I can say with certainty that there were major signs of depression – how we use that knowledge should be a public discussion and Facebook is starting with good intentions. This is not the first time Facebook has addressed suicide prevention, and it will not be the last.

The effects of poverty

The End of Poverty
The End of Poverty (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have thought about this so I ask you: how do we eradicate poverty?

Does it exist because of governments or a certain group of people? Does it exist because of education or lack of education?

A google search on the effects of poverty provided this article on E-How…


  • Statistics from The Institute for Social and Economic Research show that children born into a poverty-stricken environment are more likely to have lower birth weights and poorer health. High infant mortality rates are also reported. These children are 15 times more likely to die in a fire, three  times more likely to be hit by a car, and 10 times more likely to become teenage mothers. The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, reports an estimated 26,500 to 30,000 children die each day as a result of poverty.


  • Sociological studies show the effects of poverty as being passed down from  generation to generation. Family values, habits and lifestyles leave little room for growth beyond one’s everyday circumstances. A cultural  framework in which  issues surrounding survival, self-empowerment and the value of time become  skewed. A family’s outlook is geared towards a “moment-to-moment ” approach to  living with little, if any sense of the future. The continuing need to provide  for food and shelter is the top priority, making other priorities like providing a structured home environment for children, self-autonomy and future planning, seem trivial.


    • The educational needs of a child raised in poverty tend to be greater than those of the other children. The effects of malnutrition can make it difficult  for these children to concentrate and learn. As a result, children may develop behavioral problems out of frustration. Stressful conditions within the home environment tend to be prone towards ineffective communication patterns, which serve to further hamper the child’s ability to communicate within the classroom.  As far as school supplies, and being able to attend educational activities that take place outside the classroom, these children are equipped with the bare  minimum, and oftentimes go without the tools and resources needed to succeed. As children age, the effects of their circumstances become increasingly apparent in the form of delinquency, failing grades and an overall apathy towards education in general.


    • Theories on the causes and effects of poverty vary according to the time period in question. Sociologists within the early 1900s developed an urban ecological theory for the occurrence of poverty. Poor urban neighborhoods were viewed as transitional locales for the immigrant groups that entered the country (United States). This perspective defined poverty as a temporary state, and not as a way of life.

      A second theory addresses the rapid increase of an “underclass” population  between the 1960s and 1980s. Changes in economic structure brought on by a  workforce that relocated to the suburbs, left the poorest families to fend for  themselves within the inner cities. This, coupled with a decreased demand for  low-skilled labor left those of limited means, and education  to fend for themselves.


    • The lack of health care, education and employment opportunities are the areas  which most impact the lives of the impoverished. A coordinated effort from  government, community organizations and individuals is necessary to re-frame the cultural framework in which poverty exists. And while financial resources in the  form of jobs,  and public assistance is needed, a community mindset must be developed in order  for said financial gains to be effective. Counteracting the effects of poverty on the mind is an essential aspect of rising up and out of this oppressive way of life.

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Deaths and disappearances of 600+ First Nations Women

Two provincial inquiries are examining deaths and disappearances of aboriginal women. (ANDY CLARK /REUTERS)
Two provincial inquiries are examining deaths and disappearances of aboriginal women. (ANDY CLARK /REUTERS)


Too many aboriginal women have died. It’s time for action


How many more mutilated women’s bodies will it take? How many more haunting ghosts of the disappeared?

Some 600 cases of murdered and missing aboriginal women have been catalogued, half of them in the past decade.

There is a crying need for action. Consider that, if non-native women were dying and disappearing at a proportionally similar rate, the number would exceed 20,000. Do you think that would be a priority?

Last November, the ministers of justice, aboriginal affairs and status of women from all 13 provinces and territories gathered in Winnipeg to mull over the idea.

The federal government refused to participate – an act so contemptuous one can barely find the words to describe it. What do ministers of the Crown who have a constitutional responsibility to aboriginal people possibly have on their agenda that was more important?

At least the provinces and territories had the courage to try, but, disappointingly, their conclusion was that they need more discussion and they won’t make a decision until at least 2014.

Bob McLeod, premier and aboriginal affairs minister of the Northwest Territories, said governments are committed to taking action to reduce violence against aboriginal women, but before agreeing to an inquiry, they want to ensure it has a “very clear mandate.”

While the caution is understandable, the delay is unacceptable.

Solving the murders of hundreds of young women – most under the age of 30 and victims of sexual violence – and preventing hundreds more deaths has to be a national priority for police, justice and public health officials, and for politicians too.

The ministers are correct in saying that an inquiry into the deaths, if it is to be useful, needs to have a clear purpose.

It can’t simply be an open-ended exercise in venting – though, Lord knows, Canada’s first nations, Inuit and Métis peoples have a lot of legitimate grievances.

Aboriginal groups have said they want the inquiry to examine two specific areas: 1) how police investigate missing persons and homicide cases and; 2) the effect poverty and socio-economic factors have on aboriginal women.

The former is a must because of the persistent belief that, when aboriginal women go missing or are killed, the efforts are slower and lesser. The latter is a bit more tricky: While nearly all the dead and disappeared came from troubled backgrounds and/or were considered high-risk because they did sex work, had substance abuse or other mental-health issues, or lived a transient lifestyle, those vast challenges cannot be tackled across the board.

The focus of an inquiry on murdered and missing aboriginal women has to zero in on whether police investigations are done properly and how to better ensure the safety of aboriginal women who work in the sex trade and have substance-abuse problems.

If we expect too much of a single inquiry, it will be doomed to failure.

There are, so far, two provincial inquiries under way examining the deaths and disappearances of aboriginal women, and they both offer some cautionary lessons.

Manitoba has created a police task force, called Project Devote, that is examining the cases of eight missing persons and 20 homicide victims in the province (whittled down from a larger list of 85). Most, but not all, of the cases are aboriginal women and they were all involved in high-risk activities such as the sex trade. Solving even some of those cases would be a victory – but still unsatisfactory because it will not offer solutions.

B.C. has the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, charged with examining the missing and murdered women of Vancouver (most of them aboriginal sex workers) and probing the 1998 decision to stay charges against mass murderer Robert Pickton. That inquiry, which has delved into the socio-economic issues, became hopelessly bogged down in legal battles about standing and procedure. Wally Oppal’s report should be released later this month and there is no doubt it will leave many unanswered questions.

So, yes, a national inquiry is required, and a clear mandate is essential.

It shouldn’t take two more years to figure out terms of reference. The ministers – provincial, territorial and federal – should lock themselves in a room and not come out until they’ve figured it out.

Given the bloodshed, the heartache and the desperate need for solutions, it’s the least they can do.

Human Trafficking news:

Experiential exhibit on local and global human trafficking at MPPC The public is invited to learn more about local and global human trafficking at the SOLD exhibit at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (950 Santa Cruz Ave.)…/experiential-exhibit-on-local-and-global-hum…
National Global Human Trafficking Awarness Day at Washington Events Home > National Global Human Trafficking Awarness Day brings to you an awareness program to discover,witness and act against human trafficking…global…-/E0-001-053420893-9

hate crimes against women

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Hate Crimes: A Rape Every Minute, a Thousand Corpses Every Year

There’ a pattern of violence against women that’s broad and deep and incessantly overlooked. January 24, 2013  |  alternet

Here in the United States, where there is a reported rape every 6.2 minutes, and one in five women will be raped in her lifetime, the  rape and gruesome murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi on December 16th was treated as an exceptional incident. The story of the alleged rape of an unconscious teenager by members of the Steubenville High School football team was still unfolding, and gang rapes aren’t that unusual here either. Take your pick: some of the 20 men who  gang-raped an 11-year-old in Cleveland, Texas, were sentenced in November, while the instigator of the  gang rape of a 16-year-old in Richmond, California, was sentenced in October, and four men who  gang-raped a 15-year-old near New Orleans were sentenced in April, though the six men who  gang-raped a 14-year-old in Chicago last fall are still at large.  Not that I actually went out looking for incidents: they’re everywhere in the news, though no one adds them up and indicates that there might actually be a pattern.

There is, however, a pattern of violence against women that’s broad and deep and horrific and incessantly overlooked. Occasionally, a case  involving a celebrity or lurid details in a particular case get a lot of attention in the media, but such cases are treated as anomalies, while the abundance of incidental news items about violence against women in this country, in other countries, on every continent including  Antarctica, constitute a kind of background wallpaper for the news.

If you’d rather talk about bus rapes than gang rapes, there’s the  rape of a developmentally disabled woman on a Los Angeles bus in November and the  kidnapping of an autistic 16-year-old on the regional transit train system in Oakland, California — she was raped repeatedly by her abductor over two days this winter — and there was a  gang rape of multiple women on a bus in Mexico City recently, too.  While I was writing this, I read that  another female bus-rider was kidnapped in India and gang-raped all night by the bus driver and five of his friends who must have thought what happened in New Delhi was awesome.

We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern. Violence doesn’t have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender.

Here I want to say one thing: though virtually all the perpetrators of such crimes are men, that doesn’t mean all men are violent. Most are not. In addition, men obviously also suffer violence, largely at the hands of other men, and every violent death, every assault is terrible.  But the subject here is the pandemic of violence by men against women, both intimate violence and stranger violence.

What We Don’t Talk About When We Don’t Talk About Gender

There’s so much of it. We could talk about the assault and rape of a  73-year-old in Manhattan’s Central Park last September, or the recent rape of a  four-year-old and an  83-year-old in Louisiana, or the New York City policeman who was  arrested in October for what appeared to be serious plans to kidnap, rape, cook, and eat a woman, any woman, because the hate wasn’t personal (though maybe it was for the  San Diego man who actually killed and cooked his wife in November and the man from  New Orleans who killed, dismembered, and cooked his girlfriend in 2005).

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Slave traders make $32 Billion last year

slave traders$32 Billion profits in the Slave Trade…that is why it is so difficult to combat…and why we must not succumb to apathy and think there is nothing we can do…there is always something we can do….Lara