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Gladys Lanza OchoaGladys Lanza Ochoa

Human rights defender Ms Gladys Lanza Ochoa will be sentenced on 25 February 2015 following her conviction on 28 January 2015 on charges of defamation and slander against the Executive Director of the Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Vivienda Social, Urbana y Rural – FUNDEVI (Foundation for Development of Urban and Rural Social Housing).

Gladys Lanza Ochoa is Coordinator of the Movimiento de Mujeres por la Paz Visitación Padilla (Honduran Women's Committee for Peace "Visitación Padilla"), a collective of women human rights defenders from across Honduras who work on issues such as gender violence and women's participation in public life, in addition to advocating for democracy and human rights in Honduras.

Under Honduran law the human rights defender faces a possible sentence of between one year and 4 months and two years and 8 months' imprisonment. The charges against Gladys Lanza Ochoa relate to her public advocacy in support of a former employee of FUNDEVI who claimed in 2011 to have been made redundant after being subjected to an extended period of sexual harassment by the Executive Director of the company. Visitación Padilla organised a peaceful demonstration outside the FUNDEVI offices, posted placards and issued press releases in relation to the case and the alleged victim was successful at first instance in her case claiming sexual harassment, but the ruling was overturned upon appeal.



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Montón denuncia que “se rompe el acuerdo de tolerancia cero con el maltratador que parecía estar asentado en la sociedad española”

Madrid, 10 febrero. 15. AmecoPress. PSOE y colectivos feministas han dado un rotundo no a la custodia compartida impuesta que se contempla en el borrador que maneja el Gobierno del PP. Este ha sido el fruto de la reunión mantenida en Ferraz entre Carmen Montón, secretaria de Igualdad, y una veintena de asociaciones de mujeres, a la que también asistieron representantes del PSOE en el Congreso y en el Senado.

Las personas asistentes coincidieron en la necesidad de evitar que llegue al Parlamento una ley que abre la puerta a la custodia de los maltratadores. Un proyecto, además, “que rompe el acuerdo de tolerancia cero con el maltratador que parecía estar asentado en la sociedad española”, ha subrayado Carmen Montón, que ha insistido en que “un maltratador no es un buen padre” y ha recordado que el Grupo Socialista ha solicitado la comparecencia del ministro de Justicia.



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Title: National Profile of Children Exposed to Family Violence: Police Response, Family Response, and Individual Impact

David Finkelhor ; Heather Turner

Document   URL: SEE PDF HERE  
Annotation: The National Profile of Children Exposed to Family Violence: Police Response, Family Response and Individual Impact study provides the first nationally representative data on youth contact with law enforcement and victim services for cases of family violence involving exposure to children.
Abstract: The National Profile of Children Exposed to Family Violence: Police Response, Family Response and Individual Impact study provides the first nationally representative data on youth contact with law enforcement and victim services – including best practices and help-seeking obstacles – for cases of family violence involving exposure to children. These data come from a nationally representative sample of 517 family violence incidents drawn from the 4,503 respondents to the Second National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV II). The NatSCEV study, conducted in 2011, involved telephone interviews with parents of children age 0-9 and with youths age 10-17. Between 13%-58% of law enforcement contacts, and between 34%-97% of advocate contacts, following domestic violence incidents involving a child witness included actions from one or more of 10 best practices. Most law enforcement best practices were associated with increased likelihood of arrest. Almost half of children witnessed an arrest when one occurred, though only 1 in 4 youth were spoken to by police responding to the scene. Youth exposed to domestic violence, as a group, have higher rates of other victimizations and adversities. Although this group reports elevated trauma symptoms, the characteristics of a specific domestic violence incident and the response to that incident by police were generally unrelated to youth's current trauma symptoms after controlling for history of victimization and other adversities. However, child current trauma symptoms were lowest when perpetrators left the house after the incident, followed by when no one moved out, and were highest when the victim moved out. Child witnesses to family violence are a highly victimized group, and it is recommended that they systematically receive assessment and services when any member of their family enters the system due to family violence.


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Evaluation of Services for Domestic Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

Author: Deborah Gibbs ; Jennifer L. Hardison Walters ; Alexandra Lutnick ; Shari Miller ; Marianne Kluckman
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Publication Date: August 2014

This document is a research report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Annotation: This evaluation examined three programs funded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) that identify and provide services to victims of sex and labor trafficking of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents under the age of 18.
Abstract: The evaluation was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) with the primary goals of documenting program implementation of the three Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) funded programs, identify promising practices for service delivery programs, and informing delivery of current and future efforts to serve victims of sex and labor trafficking of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents under the age of 18. Specifically, the evaluation described young people served by these programs, their service needs, the services delivered by the programs, the experiences of young people serviced and the staff of the programs, and the programs’ efforts to strengthen community response to trafficked youth. The three OVC funded programs examined were: 1) the Standing Against Global Exploitation Everywhere (SAGE) Project, located in San Francisco and serving adults and youth affected by sexual exploitation through life skills programs, advocacy, counseling and case management for girls, including those in the juvenile justices system; 2) the Salvation Army Trafficking Outreach Program and Intervention Techniques (STOP-IT) program, located in Chicago and serving foreign trafficking victims and domestic youth engaged in the sex trade; and 3) the Streetwork Project at Safe Horizon, located in New York City and serving homeless and street-involved youth with drop in centers, a residential program, counseling, health care, legal advocacy and other services. The three programs collectively served 201 young people during the study period (January 2011 through June 2013). Young people served by the programs ranged in age from 12 to 18, with a median age of 17. The largest race/ethnicity group was African American, with sizeable numbers of whites and Hispanics. Three-quarters of young people served were female although all programs served male, female, and transgender young people.


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Campaigners call for action to deal with ‘state of emergency’ as figures show more than 500,000 US women are living with consequences

campaigner Jaha Dukureh in front of a huge wording 'Girl' at a summit in London
 Jaha Dukureh, a campaigner from Atlanta in the US, successfully called for a new prevalance study to be carried out. Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi for the Guardian
The number of women and girls dealing with the consequences of female genital mutilation in the US is more than three times greater than previously thought, the Guardian can reveal.
Figures showing that more than 500,000 women in the US are estimated to be suffering as a consequence of the practice have revealed the extent of FGM cases in the country.
Campaigners are now calling for immediate action to deal with the “state of emergency” for all girls at risk of FGM. The practice can cause recurrent infections, death during childbirth and elimination of sexual pleasure.
Unpublished draft figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seen by the Guardian, show that since the last prevalence study was done in 1997 the number of women and girls living with FGM in the US has increased from an estimated 168,000 to 513,000.
New figures from the Population Reference Bureau,due to be released on Friday – International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (an annual awareness day sponsored by the UN) – are expected to reflect the draft CDC study, due to be published in the coming months.

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By in IntLawGrrls

The sense of emergency one feels after spending a week in prison surrounded by young children and their mothers cannot be overstated. Although it was in November that I spent a week lawyering in a family detention center, the urgency stemming from the violations of international law perpetrated by the U.S. there remains acute. The Artesia Family Residential Center closed on December 15, 2014, but the U.S. continues to expand its practice of detaining families – a practice that presents at least three interwoven sets of legal problems under international law.

.......Although there are numerous violations of international law I could discuss here — including the multiple ways in which detention in and of itself can constitute a violation of international refugee and human rights law — I’ll focus on the U.S.’s international law obligations regarding first, treatment of refugees; second, the protection of children’s rights; and third, adherence to protections of due process through access to legal counsel.



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Escucha el programa de 10 min:

Al igual que en México, confieza Okun, “muchos hombres nos sentíamos confundidos por el cambio que veíamos en la conciencia de las  mujeres” Algunos de esos hombres que fueron cuestionados sobre sus privilegios,  decidieron entonces hablar con ellas y escucharlas.

“Uno puede cuestionar la violencia de los hombres, pero también apoyarlos como parte de las dos alas de un ave que busca la paz”

Esta frase pertenece a Rob Okun, un hombre sereno y de mirada transparente que cree en la transformación social de la masculinidad. Él fue director ejecutivo del Centro de Recursos de Hombres por el Cambio, uno de los centros más antiguos de  hombres antiviolencia contra las mujeres en América del Norte y facilitador en grupos de maltratadores. Actualmente es editor de la revista Voice Male -voz de los hombres- cuyo número 64 fue editado en el marco del Segundo Simposio Global MenEngage –Hombres Involucrados- que se realizó en Nueva Delhi, India,  en en noviembre de 2014.

Rob conoció el trabajo de Cómplices por la Equidad en ese Simposio de Nueva Delhí  y cuando regresó al continente Americano pasó por la ciudad de México para asistir a la reunión que Cómplicesrealiza en las instalaciones de Radio Educación cada dos meses.



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Kali Nicole Gross Headshot


Most activists and progressives immediately assume the crouching tiger stance when someone questions why black people are not organizing in mass about homicidal violence in black communities. Often--and usually rightly--we regard this question as a tactic used to shift attention away from calls for accountability and justice for anti-black police brutality. Typically, the questioner's goal is to suggest black people have a pathological tendency toward violence and that this is what black people need to address rather than state sanctioned anti-black violence. They also believe this is why police murder black people.

Of course, none of this is true, but there are issues within our communities that need to be addressed. When we shy away from examining intraracial violence, we ignore its gendered dynamics leaving black women and girls, both cis and trans gender, in a particularly perilous situation.



Reproductive Justice Matters

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En promedio 21 adolescentes de Argentina son víctimas de femicidos cada año, un fenómeno que crece y se vincula con la violencia en los noviazgos y de parejas o exparejas. Crédito: Juan Moseinco/IPS.

BUENOS AIRES, 26 ene 2015 (IPS) - La amplia repercusión mediática del asesinato de  una estudiante argentina, en el vecino Uruguay, puso en relieve un tipo de violencia casi no registrada como causa de muerte de adolescentes en el país: el femicidio.

En la mayoría de los países latinoamericanos, la falta de sistematización de datos oficiales sobre femicidios o feminicidios  –los vocablos que tipifican los asesinatos de mujeres por razones de género- dificulta la identificación de las víctimas por edad.

Pero en el caso de Argentina, algunos informes independientes, como el de la no gubernamental La Casa del Encuentro, comienzan a visibilizar un dato generacional: no solo se matan más  mujeres por razones de género, sino que también aumentan las víctimas de menos de 18 años.

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PARIS (AP) — Dominique Strauss-Kahn appeared in court Monday to face accusations of taking part in an international prostitution ring set up to provide him with prostitutes for orgies at luxury hotels in France and the U.S.

The former head of the International Monetary Fund, once considered a near shoe-in as France's president, went on trial in the northern city of Lille to face charges of aggravated pimping and involvement in a prostitution ring operating out of luxury hotels.

........Investigators have compiled hundreds of pages of testimony from prostitutes describing the orgies allegedly organized by the 65-year-old Strauss-Kahn and his co-defendants, centered on the Carlton Hotel in Lille, near the Belgian border. Strauss-Kahn says he took part in "libertine" activities but insists he never knew the women involved were prostitutes.

.........In 2011, Strauss-Kahn was accused of sexually assaulting Guinean-born maid Nafissatou Diallo in New York, accusations that ended his high-flying finance career.
.....Prostitutes questioned in the (current) case said that between 2009 and 2011 — precisely when the world's leaders were looking to the IMF chief for a way out of the global financial crisis — Strauss-Kahn was organizing orgies at luxury hotels in Paris, at a restaurant in the French capital and also in Washington.

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Over the past several years, there have been increasing levels of threats and intimidation aimed at doctors who provide abortion services, according to a new survey of abortion clinic violence published by the Feminist Majority Foundation. Some of the tactics mirror the harassment that doctors faced in the 1990s before becoming the victims of violent and even fatal crimes.

The National Clinic Violence Survey is the first comprehensive nationwide review of the atmosphere at women’s health clinics since 2010. Nearly 250 abortion providers across the country responded to the questionnaire with information about how anti-abortion harassment affects their patients and staff.

“The most stunning result in the survey, really, is this surge in serious threats that are being carried out against providers nationwide,” duVergne Gaines, the director of the National Clinic Access Project and one of the authors of the report, told ThinkProgress. “Those threats have almost doubled since 2010.”

abortion doctor intimidation chart

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Según un informe sobre la percepción social de la violencia de género en la adolescencia y la juventud
Federación Mujeres Jóvenes alerta sobre la “normalización” del uso de mecanismos de control a través de las nuevas tecnologías
Madrid, 29 ene. 15. AmecoPress. Uno de cada tres jóvenes considera "inevitable o aceptable" en algunas circunstancias controlar los horarios de la pareja, impedir que vea a su familia o amistades, no permitir que trabaje o estudie o decirle cosas que puede o no puede hacer. Son datos del informe "Percepción social de la violencia de género en la adolescencia y la juventud", presentado por la secretaria de Estado de Servicios Sociales e Igualdad, Susana Camarero, la delegada del Gobierno para la Violencia de Género, Blanca Hernández, y la socióloga Verónica de Miguel. La encuesta de Igualdad se hizo a 2.500 jóvenes de entre 15 y 29 años.


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A Quick Eye-Opening Goup Exercise on Inequality in the U.S. and its Relation to Violence

A five or ten minute group exercise that can easily be used in any sized group to quickly reveal common misperceptions about inequalities in the U.S.. A few notes follow for prompting discussion about how these inequalities relate to violence, particularly violence against women.


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The late Saudi King Abdullah has been lionized by politicians around the world. En route to the World Economic Forum in Davos, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed Abdullah as “a man of wisdom and vision” and a “revered leader.” Similar statements were made by other Western leaders.

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, even hailed the monarch as “a strong advocate for women.”

That last eulogy ought to furrow brows. After all, when it comes to gender rights, Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarchy is one of the most heavily criticized regimes in the world. Its draconian religious laws place limitations on everything from the clothes women can wear to the means by which they travel outside their homes. Controversially, women are still banned from driving in the country.

Lagarde did qualify her comment, saying Abdullah was a reformer “in a very discreet way,” credited with initiating a number of measures aimed at it giving women a bigger stake in the country’s economic and political life. But the change is very gradual, stymied by traditionalists who still hold sway in the country’s courts. Abdullah’s reforms, writes one commentator, have “all the substance of a Potemkin village, a flimsy structure to impress foreign opinion.”


Closer to home, moreover, there are a few women related to the late monarch who may object to the praise being heaped upon him. Abdullah, like other Saudi royals, had numerous wives — at least seven, and perhaps as many as 30. He had at least 15 daughters. Four of them, according to news reports, live under house arrest.


SEE ALSO: Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom

AND SEE ALSO: Eleven things women in Saudi Arabia can't do

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NOTE: The discussion doesn't begin until minute 27. So move the metering dot (at the bottom left of the video frame) to 27 minutes to start.

Rights4Girls and the McCain Institute would like to invite you to a discussion about combating child sex trafficking in the United States. We will discuss current legislation and new technology trends that aim to prevent trafficking. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, at least 100,000 American children are victims of child sex trafficking each year. These girls are abducted or lured by pimps and traffickers at bus shelters, outside schools and through social media. This year, Congress has an opportunity to protect our vulnerable children. We hope that you can join us on Thursday, January 8 to discuss how we can work together to accomplish that goal.

For More Information on this Event See... Members Of Congress Join Rights4Girls And The McCain Institute To Combat Child Sex Trafficking


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No podemos delegar toda la salida a la violencia de género en la denuncia de las víctimas, mucho más si aumentan las mujeres asesinadas que habían acusado previamente a su asesino

Madrid, 22 ene. 15. AmecoPress. Mientras las instituciones difunden el mensaje de que para salir del infierno de la violencia de género es imprescindible la denuncia, aumenta el número de asesinadas que había denunciado previamente a su agresor. En 2014 fallecieron 53 mujeres, 17 de las cuales habían acusado a su asesino, seis más que en 2013. También crecieron las víctimas que habían retirado la denuncia, pasando de 1 a 3 en el último año.


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Amidst the continuous struggle for women's rights and social justice globally, it is important that we keep our collective hopes alive for a better world. With this in mind, AWID spoke to a number of feminists and women's rights activists from around the world about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for 2015. Read theirs, and tell us what your hopes, dreams and aspirations for this year are.
Cristina Palabay, 35 | Philippines | Secretary General of Karapatan: Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights. | @TinayPalabay
“In 2015, I hope that all women political prisoners will be released. With renewed hope, I aspire for a stronger women’s movement that will challenge the structures and philosophies at the core of women’s oppression – patriarchy, globalization, militarization and fundamentalism.”
Yewande Omotoso, 34 | Barbados/Nigeria/South Africa | Writer/Architect | @yomotoso
 “While as an able-bodied middle-class educated cis female I acknowledge my privileges, it would be great to feel at ease when I walk the streets, to not be afraid of being raped or read daily in the papers about rape and molestation. To see intolerance, especially with regards to sexual orientation, publicly condemned by more and more of our leaders, with legislation to match. It would be great to wake up into a world where WOMEN’s bodies are not commodities; where everywhere I look I’m not oppressed by images in the media telling me what I ought to look like if I’m reallya woman or in order to be truly beautiful; where young girls and boys aren’t dominated by this imagery that normalizes something deeply problematic. A year to quit with the “it’s unAfrican” argument when it comes to feminism or homosexuality. A year where more and more men embrace feminisms; WOMEN too of course but men in particular so we whittle away the dangerous notion that it’s “women’s stuff”.


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Excerpts: This is the same Hollywood culture that turned the horror and divisiveness of the Vietnam War era into a movie about a platitude-spewing doofus with leg braces who in the face of terrible moral choices eats chocolates and plays Ping-Pong. The message of Forrest Gump was that if you think about the hard stuff too much, you'll either get AIDS or lose your legs. Meanwhile, the hero is the idiot who just shrugs and says "Whatever!" whenever his country asks him to do something crazy......

But to turn the Iraq war into a saccharine, almost PG-rated two-hour cinematic diversion about a killing machine with a heart of gold (is there any film theme more perfectly 2015-America than that?) who slowly, very slowly, starts to feel bad after shooting enough women and children – Gump notwithstanding, that was a hard one to see coming.

Sniper is a movie whose politics are so ludicrous and idiotic that under normal circumstances it would be beneath criticism. The only thing that forces us to take it seriously is the extraordinary fact that an almost exactly similar worldview consumed the walnut-sized mind of the president who got us into the war in question.

It's the fact that the movie is popular, and actually makes sense to so many people, that's the problem. "American Sniper has the look of a bona fide cultural phenomenon!" gushed Brandon Griggs of CNN, noting the film's record $105 million opening-week box office.


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From January 8 - January 15, 2015

§  Hancock County, Indiana: January 15, 2015 A now-former deputy, Scott Roeger, was sentenced to probation and must take anger management classes after pleading guilty to domestic disturbance. http://ow.ly/HrBH4

§  Ocala, Florida, January 15, 2015, The officer, Officer Bennie Lee Wilson III, arrested for soliciting a 16-year-old prostitute has been fired. The 41-year-old Navy veteran faces two criminal counts of sexual activity with a minor.  http://ow.ly/HrtC9

§  Shelby County, Tennessee: January 14, 2015, A Sheriff's Deputy Brian Hoard has been suspended while he is investigated for assaulting his girlfriend’s two-year-old child. He allegedly disciplined the child for having a dirty diaper.  http://ow.ly/HnB07 

§  Durham, North Carolina: January 14, 2015, An officer James Cartwright, 41, was suspended because he is being investigated for domestic assault against his wife.  http://ow.ly/Hn5ya 

§  Polk County, Florida: January 12, 2015, A deputy Roy Knecht, 44, faces a domestic violence charge after an argument with his wife at their home. Both he and his wife were charged in the incident. http://ow.ly/Hh2uv

§  Irwindale, California,  January 13, 2015, A now-former officer David Paul Fraijo, 37, was sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting woman during a traffic stop. He had pled no contest to charges of oral copulation under color of authority and sexual battery by restraint. http://ow.ly/Hh2Sf 

§  New Orleans, Louisiana: January 13, 2015, An officer, James Cunningham, was arrested for domestic violence and home invasion. According to the news report, the officer kicked down a door during a domestic argument in the middle of the night.http://ow.ly/Hjags    

§  Trumbull, Connecticut:  January 13, 2015, A now-former office,  A 20-year veteran of the Trumbull police force, William Ruscoe, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and 10 years of probation for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a police youth program. He took her to his home, ordered her into his bedroom, and sexually assaulted her there. He received half of the 5 year sentence agreed-to in a plea bargain because of his “years of good service with the police department,” according to news reports.  http://bit.ly/1ybgJEq

§  Homerville, Georgia: January 12, 2015, An officer, Santiargo Lopaz King, arrested was for sexual assault of a female jail inmate. The officer is alleged to have taken the inmate to another location in the county where they had consensual sex. Afterward, he returned the inmate to jail. http://ow.ly/HfeRt    

§  Plano, Texas: January 9, 2015, An officer, Richard S. Bradford, 45, was arrested for possession of child pornography on his phone. He had been arrested three weeks prior to this incident for indecent contact with a minor, allegedly inappropriately touching a nine-year-old girl. He is on administrative leave pending the investigations. http://ow.ly/H9lqO    

§  Welch, West Virginia: January 8, 2015, Officer Patrick Sherman McKinney, 52, was arrested for stalking and harassing a woman. Among other allegations, he pulled her over and sexually propositioned her. http://bit.ly/17B93Qd   

§  Brigantine and Atlantic City, New Jersey: January 9, 2015, Two officers, Ralph M. Pereira, 44, and  Andre Corbin, 43, were indicted for sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl. The prosecutor alleges that the men provided alcohol to the teen and took photographs of sexual acts .http://ow.ly/H3SUo    

§  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, January 8, 2015,  The officer, Daniel Holtzclaw, facing multiple counts for sexually assaulting female drivers he pulled over has been fired http://ow.ly/H3ZlY

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Interviews from Mexico, hosted by Laura Carlsen, goes straight to the source -- the men and women making news and making history in Mexico and throughout the region.

Today's program looks at growing problem of sex trafficking of women. Mexico has been identified as one of the worst countries in the hemisphere in terms of sex slavery and trafficking, mostly involving women and girls. The government's response, according to human rights organizations, has been inadequate.

Carlsen interviews Teresa Ulloa, director of the Coalition against Trafficking in Women for Latin America and the Caribbean. Ulloa discusses the scope, trends, and new dynamics of the problem on a regional and national level and what is being done on the ground to address the situation on a general and individual level.

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