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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            Let’s show the world our compassion and depth

            One of my favorite bands is Band of Horses. I love all kinds of music and listen to different types, based on the mood I am in at that moment -- but I can always listen to Band of Horses. It’s all about their lyrics, which I find creative and often very thought-provoking.

            “When the law acts as though there is nothing to show
            There is compassion and depth in a neighbor”

            Band of Horses, “Neighbor,” from the album “Infinite Arms,” 2010

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              Now or never: take a stand on human trafficking legislation

              Recently, Jessica Bosquette shared how she saw the Trafficking Victims Protection Act make a difference in the lives of children in the Dominican Republic. She also shared that if Americans failed to tell their senators they want the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act to pass, the positive results it has yielded will be gone.

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                Human trafficking: Consequences of congressional inaction

                Upon arriving at the courthouse in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, we walked up four flights of stairs and into a sparse, yet lively courtroom.

                We took our seats on the wooden benches and listened as a pastor from a local church translated the defense attorney’s remarks from Spanish into Creole for three young men.

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                  Child trafficking: Notes from the front lines

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                    G8 leaders: Take a lesson on heroism from "The Avengers"

                    An evil force was threatening planet Earth. Thousands were dying every day. Millions more were threatened by hunger and starvation. Mothers and children fled the onslaught, but could not escape it.

                    But there was hope. A small group, invested with superhuman abilities, could change everything. If they chose to overcome their personal priorities, this small group could do amazing things. They could save the day.

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