BREAKING: Critical anti-trafficking law passes Senate

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 is the cornerstone of U.S. policies against modern-day slavery around the world. The TVPA created the first comprehensive federal law to address human trafficking by focusing on both the domestic and international dimensions of this heinous crime. It is what makes the United States the global leader in combating modern-day slavery.

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    Girl Rising: Writer seeks understanding, shuns condemnation

    When Academy-Award nominated director Richard Robbins set out to make “Girl Rising” — a film about girls in the developing world struggling to get an education — he enlisted prominent women writers from each of the countries featured to tell the girls’ stories.

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      Les Miserables and lessons on biblical justice

      Recently, I saw the latest film adaptation of Les Misérables. Though I know the story well from Victor Hugo’s novel and have seen the live musical stage performance, something about this latest version especially moved me to tears.

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        The right to have a name

        The national identity card is helping to ensure that children from the Miramar community in Peru have access to their fundamental rights -- like medical care and community programs. Carmen shares how this piece of identification has changed her life -- and the lives of her children.

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        The wind hits hard when we walk through the sandy streets of Miramar community, and the fresh breeze from the nearby sea provides comfort. This is the way to Carmen's house.

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          Film Director Ditches Convention to tell Girls’ Stories

          The director of a soon-to-be-released film charting the lives of girls struggling to get an education in some of the world’s toughest places deliberately abandoned the techniques of conventional documentary filmmaking.

          The film Girl Rising, whose narrators include Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, and Selena Gomez, is due for theatrical release in March.

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            Election Day: It’s what happens after today that really matters

            Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., offers his thoughts on today's election -- and the challenges and responsibilities that will be faced by the president of the United States during the next four years.

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            An election is like a romance.

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              The world through the eyes of a child

              Violence. Hunger. Lack of education. Abuse.

              Children are the most vulnerable to the consequences of global poverty -- but often, they don't have a platform by which to voice how these issues affect them.

              When children do speak out, they often aren't taken seriously. Sometimes, they're dismissed by the adults who are charged with caring for them.

              To address this problem, World Vision created a child journalist summit in India to give children the opportunity to have their voices heard.

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                Educate a girl, change the world

                “What we are learning around the world is that if women are healthy and educated, their families will flourish. If women are free from violence, their families will flourish. If women have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish. And when families flourish, communities and nations do as well.”

                —Hillary Rodham Clinton, September 1995, remarks for the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women

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                  The fight to end child trafficking continues

                  One year ago, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act -- the centerpiece of U.S. policies against modern-day slavery around the world -- expired because Congress failed to reauthorize it in time. Since then, concerned citizens and groups who work to protect children have advocated for the reauthorization bill to be passed.

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                    This campaign, why isn’t poverty an issue?

                    As the general election rapidly approaches, Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., poses a challenge to both presidential candidates: Make the poor a priority.

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                    This year, amid the presidential campaigns, we've heard a lot about the middle class. We’re told that such-and-such a policy was designed to appeal to middle-class voters. Another policy will strengthen the middle class.

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