According to the World Health Organization, 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). Over in Egypt, the figures are alarmingly high: some 87 percent of married women between the ages of 15 and 49 have suffered FGM. The practice can of course lead to long-term physical and psychological consequences. We hear the harrowing account of one survivor in Cairo and speak to Dr. Reham Awwad, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose centre is helping victims.The fight against female genital mutilation in Egypt
Former ICE Acting Director Tom Homan warns of President Biden's immigration actions. He highlights the dangers of the Biden administration cancelling the national sex offender operation called 'Operation Talon' that targeted sex offenders living illegally in the United States. A total of eighteen state attorney generals urged Biden to reverse his decision.
"The last four years of misguided policies have exacerbated the already broken immigration system and highlighted the critical need for reform," Biden said in a statement Thursday, adding that he wants to "modernize" the U.S.’s immigration system.
Biden's latest immigration bill is expected to receive push back, particularly in the Senate, where Democrats currently do not have the 60 votes needed to prevent a filibuster. Unfortunately, it looks like we are at a stalemate at every turn as the Biden administration has taken steps to alter U.S. policies on immigration by attempting to put a 100-day moratorium on deportations.
Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Anthony wrote the 19th amendment to the US Constitution in 1878, but it wasn't ratified until 1920 after major social unrest and persecution of activists, and according to the US government as a war measure in order to make the world safe for democracy.
Notably, the national movement and passage of women's suffrage came after intense state by state advocacy and legislative acts and more involvement in society and work by women. When Wyoming was still a territory, legislators passed the Wyoming Suffrage Act of 1869. Alternatively, South Carolina originally rejected the 19th Amendment on January 28, 1920. The state belatedly ratified the amendment on July 1, 1969. Minority women still struggled to practically vote until much later and even still today face challenges to equal access to voting, demonstrating that even ratification of legislation is still a part of the beginning process to change.
Collection of Anti Suffrage Political Propaganda Cartoons
Trump Pardons Susan B Anthony From Conviction of Illegally Voting
In a controversial move, Donald Trump pardoned Susan B Anthony from a guilty conviction for voting. During her court trial, Anthony argued that any state law restricting women from voting is null and void due to the fact that women were citizens and their right to vote is protected in their Person. The White House released a statement regarding the pardon of Susan B Anthony.
Vintage Women's Suffrage Photographs
Attorney General Bill Barr notes the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and promises the Justice Department will do everything they can to prevent human trafficking and help survivors. The Justice Department is issuing the largest ever federal investment of this kind, at $35 million going to 73 organizations in 34 states to assist with housing.
Funds will support multiple forms of housing assistance including rent, utilities, vocational education, job training. moving expenses and more. This year the Justice Department expects to award a total of $100 million this year to combat human trafficking.
Ivanka Trump highlights the opening of the second office The Missing and Murdered Cold Case Task Force. She notes that the Trump administration has signed nine pieces of legislation, and has already allocated $70 million for enhanced prosecution and $123 million for supporting state and local governments to combat human trafficking. The National Human Trafficking Hotline says that housing assistance is the most requested service.
Brooke Rollins, acting director of The United States Domestic Policy Council, commits to working closely with the administration to combat human trafficking.
Tenisha Watson, a leader in advocacy for 16 years, accepted the grant for Jordan Community Resource Center in Cleveland, Ohio, shared insight about providing transitional housing and jobs and opportunities for advancement.
Grant money was awarded to Alternatives for Girls, in Detroit Michigan. They are committed to helping homeless girls and women avoid violence and exploitation, explore and access resources, supports and opportunities to grow strong and to make positive choices for their lives. they have served about 6k women in 2019 through street based outreach and other services, collaborating with law enforcement. Services include domestic violence interventions, safety, counseling, and a range of services to runaways and homeless youth, as well as at risk girls.
Helda Fernandez, CEO of Camillus House in Miami reported that the most common referral to the Phoenix Project is through law enforcement, homeland security, the state attorneys office and other state agencies. They work hand in hand with law enforcement to bring traffickers to justice.
Tanya Gould, member of US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and founder of Identifiable Me, was also grateful for the administration for their support of the the Advisory Council. Tanya explained the recommendations in the 2020 report of the Council, including safe housing and the opportunity to heal, calling to prioritize the housing needs of survivors and their children. They also called upon agencies to increase services and assistance to under served and under-reported communities, including minorities and LGBTQ, to promote trauma informed practices and housing assistance initiatives to all survivors of trafficking.
Epstein Attorney Weingarten said that according to the facts, Epstein did not rape anyone, but conceded that Epstein did engage in “maybe a lot of prostitution.”
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announces charges against Jeffrey Epstein for sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors Monday morning, revealing details of the case including the allegation that nude photos of minors were found at Epstein's mansion. Billionaire Epstein has been indicted on federal sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking charges for allegedly exploiting and abusing dozens of underage girls at his mansion in Manhattan, where nude photos apparently showing minors were found during a weekend raid, and estate in Palm Beach, Florida, according to officials and court documents obtained by News 4 Monday. Epstein, a politically connected Florida financier who owns an island in St. Thomas, allegedly recruited girls as young as 14 to have sex with him from at least 2002 to 2005 and allegedly gave them hundreds of dollars in cash. He also allegedly paid certain victims to recruit additional girls to "maintain and increase his supply of victims," according to the federal indictment unsealed Monday
Federal prosecutors in New York unsealed a criminal indictment charging multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein with having operated a sex trafficking ring in which he sexually abused dozens of underage girls, allegations that have circulated around the politically connected businessman for years.
LIMA, Peru — Police arrested 14 people in Peru and took a five-month-old baby into protective custody, dismantling a human trafficking ring suspected of selling children taken from vulnerable women.
It's been more than a year since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke and now the UK is having its own #MeToo moment. As a result, the pressure is on the British government to do more in addressing sexual harassment after an inquiry found the behaviour was both routine and relentless in public places.
historic moment in Australia with a national apology to tens of thousands of victims of decades-long institutionalized sex abuse
Fed up of living in fear, women in South Korea are fighting back. On Saturday tens of thousands rallied against spycam pornography amid rising anger over men secretly filming women in schools, offices, trains, toilets, and changing rooms.
Prince Charles feels 'deep personal regret' at being 'deceived' by paedophile bishop
Prince Charles told Peter Ball “monstrous wrongs” had been done to the disgraced bishop and that he wished he could do more to help, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard.
The comments came in a letter sent by the Prince of Wales to Ball in February 1995, two years after the former bishop of Gloucester accepted a police caution for gross indecency and resigned his position in the church.
The prince also told the inquiry in a six-page statement that he had been deceived over a long period of time “about the true nature” of Ball’s activities, but denied that he had sought to influence the outcome of police investigations. He said he was unsure whether he was told about Ball’s caution until 2009.
In 2015, Ball was convicted of sexual offences against 18 young men and sentenced to 32 months in prison. An independent inquiry last year found that senior figures in the Church of England had engaged in collusion and cover-up over the case.
The teenager whose online relationship with Anthony Weiner threw Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign into a tailspin, and perhaps changed the course of history, broke her silence. The young lady, whose name is being withheld because she is a minor, told Inside Edition that Weiner's text messages to her were "disgusting" and that the disgraced former politician knew she was 15 at the time of their interactions. She is showing her face on TV for the first time, with her father's permission.
The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it has arrested more than 2,300 suspected online child-sex offenders during a nationwide operation that lasted three months.
The sweep, called “Operation Broken Heart,” was conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children task forces and homed in on online sex offenders specifically.
According to the Justice Department, the alleged child predators nabbed in the operation were involved in creating, distributing or possessing child pornography, approached children online “for sexual purposes,” participated in the sex trafficking of children, or crossed state or international lines to sexually abuse children.
In the press release, Attorney General Jeff Sessions noted the role that technology played in facilitating the spread of child pornography and said that the DOJ would remain tough on suspected child-sex abusers.
Sessions also noted that 25,200 “technology facilitated” sexual abuse complaints had been investigated thus far by the DOJ.
The full clip of Lord Pearson of Rannoch asking the following question in the House of Lords: “Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the national scale of the “grooming gang scandal”, including sexual exploitation of non Muslim children by Muslim men, as emerged recently in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and elsewhere; and what steps they are taking to enable the prosecution of those in the police and local authorities who have failed to prevent it.”
In February 2016 Stephen Sackur spoke to Anthony Weiner, the New York politician who'd pushed the self-destruct button on his own career not once but twice. Since the recording, he's become embroiled in controversy again.