I Stand With the Girls #voiceswiththegirls

[Trigger warning: Mention of human trafficking and sexual violence.] I want to stand with the girls. October 11 is International Day of the Girl. We have joined International Justice Mission, Canada this year to raise awareness around the stories and challenges of women and girls around the world and we ask you, our readers, to […]

TGIF: How I Made Peace with my Breasts in a Brothel

[TRIGGER WARNING] Sexual content. I. PREQUEL I’ve never understood the mass appeal of breasts. (Yes, mass appeal. I couldn’t resist.) My boobs first became problematic in 1992. They weren’t meaty enough to warrant a bra. And yet, there was enough there to make my chest look lumpy under a t-shirt. This is when my back permanently assumed […]

Learning to Feel Sorrow

By Christina Bacino I’ve spent five of the last six years of my life doing counter-human trafficking work in Cape Town, South Africa. I was involved in everything from online investigation via pornographic material, to raiding brothels with law enforcement to the repatriation of victims. It was an honor and a privilege to be a […]

How to NOT Sweep in and Save the Day

By Laura Parker | Twitter @mrslauraparker The First Time. I watched him disappear around the corner on his scooter, but the pit in my stomach stayed. I knew the question he was going to ask, and it was the potential answer that made me most nervous. My youth-pastor-turned-humanitarian-husband Matt was on his way to the […]

A Freedom Song For 68 Sisters

Laura Shook is a friend who walks the long road to hope with me. As pastor at Community of Faith church in Houston, she is a primary partner to our work at Communities of Hope. On one side of the ocean she energizes her Texan community, while on the other we equip our Batwa community. […]