Category: North America

Human Trafficking in the United States Final Blog Compilation by Caleigh McDonough

Human Trafficking in the United States Final Blog Compilation by Caleigh McDonough   Human Trafficking is a pervasive issue, as millions of victims are trafficked worldwide each year. According to International Labor Organization estimations, human trafficking generates USD $150 billion a year in global profits (Gallucci). The United States is one of the highest-ranking countries in the world for human… Read more →

Land Repatriation (Jacquelyn Kim)

There are few examples of formal land return efforts beyond small communities or individuals donating lands to Indigenous groups, and many struggle to imagine what the world would look like if all land were actually repatriated to Indigenous communities — precisely because our current social order is built upon and inextricable from settler colonialism with its private property rights and exploitation… Read more →

What Can the Equal Rights Amendment Do for Women? – Stephanie Kasko

One of the questions asked, especially by opponents of the ERA, is what it can do for women that isn’t already possible. There is a sense that the protections that the ERA would extend to people are already possible and/or present. That’s certainly not the case, though.  One of the most important things that the Equal Rights Amendment can do… Read more →

Social Consequences of the Coronavirus by Ben Ke

One of the unfortunate, global consequences brought about by the coronavirus epidemic is the increased xenophobia directed toward Chinese people and people perceived to be Chinese. Out in public, people of Asian descent have been harrassed on baseless claims that they are sick or are responsible for the epidemic. In New Jersey, an 11-year-old student was reported to say “You’re… Read more →

Noah Widelo: Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in Mexico

Another negative externality of drug trafficking from Mexico’s largest drug cartels is money laundering. Money laundering schemes are such a complicated and interesting topic that one of Netflix’s most popular shows, Ozark, tells the story of its microeconomic and macroeconomic effects. Money laundering is the concealment of illegally obtained money from drug sales involving foreign banks and legitimate business. Uneducated… Read more →

The Catholic Church: accountability and change

“Even a single case of abuse” must be met “with the utmost seriousness.” This was pope Francis’ appeal at a Vatican meeting in February 2019. There is much to be said about it, but words are not action. There is much to be said about the lifting of the rule of the pontifical secret as well, but action does mean… Read more →

Blog 4: Efforts to Combat Sex Trafficking in the U.S. and Resources for Victims

Blog 4: Efforts to Combat Sex Trafficking in the U.S. and Resources for Victims By Caleigh McDonough, cmm6dx In previous blogs, I address background information on human trafficking and its scope, recruitment tactics, recent trends, and risk factors that increase vulnerability to trafficking such as recent migration and substance use. I now will provide information on current anti-trafficking legislation, community… Read more →

Whose Responsibility is it?: To Secure a Healthy Environment For Future Generations

In light of the current state of the globe, it is only appropriate to talk about the COVID-19 pandemic in my final blog. This microscopic virus has killed over 23,670 people as of Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 4:27 pm, and is bound to take the lives of thousands more by the end of this week (Coronavirus Cases). Following Trump’s… Read more →

Asian Settler Colonialism (Jacquelyn Kim)

In thinking about the need for solidarity between Indigenous and other marginalized communities, Hawaii is particularly worthy of attention as a state in which Asians are the most populous racial/ethnic group, comprising 37.6% of the population according to the U.S. Census. Asians now hold a significant amount of power, both economic and political, in Hawaii, which has been illegally occupied… Read more →

Noah Widelo: Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in Mexico

As previously mentioned before, Mexican drug cartels make massive amounts of money moving illegal narcotics into the United States. However, the effects of having violent, unhinged cartels located within Mexico’s borders accounts for rising rates in drug-use. The president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has pushed for amending the nation’s drug laws. The logical reasoning is that after the drug components… Read more →