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So-Cal/Tijuana Launch!

We are creating a  bi-national media  piece to engage the public, telling the stories of survivors trafficked across the San Diego/Tijuana border. Our persuasive media provides a platform on which to communicate the the  bi-national nature of human trafficking our in area and the urgent need for community members on BOTH sides of the border…

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You don’t get what you deserve…

I read a business article in one of those airplane magazines that struck me. It said something to the effect of, “You don’t get what you deserve… you get what you negotiate.” I’ve always been the bull dog type. You lock on to a meaningful project or a particular problem and don’t relent until you…

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80,000 Truckers and iEmpathize

We just returned from Louisville KY where we attended the world’s largest truck show with over 80,000 in attendance. Thousands of US minors are victims of trafficking each year. The FBI has rescued over 1,500 kids through their Innocence Lost initiatives in the last few years alone. They believe they are just scratching the surface. Unfortunately,…

Empowering High Schoolers

Our new prevention program goes further than protecting girls. It is also about addressing demand and pimp culture among male teens. Nine weeks ago four alleged ring leaders and 10 others were arrested on trafficking charges. They are accused of running an underage prostitution network that transported five girls around Colorado including the cities of…

UofA Students Empathize

University of Arizona students participate in our anti-trafficking demonstrations. The University of Arizona Student Union Gallery brought iEmpathize in to educate and engage their student body in the fight against child trafficking and sexual exploitation. Empathy Week is our outreach to universities. Events include our mixed media exhibit, an academic forum, a mattress vigil, and…

2011: The Year in Pictures

2011 was an incredible adventure. I want to thank so many of you for empathizing and engaging with us this year. Through thoughtful volunteerism and generous contributions to iEmpathize we have collectively strengthened our impact in the lives of the children we serve. We are grateful to have doubled our budget from last year! Victims have…

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3 year old *Pearlea’s eyes sparkled as I spotted her in the busy mall. Her tiny hands were clinging to a department store bag. As soon as the coveted hugs and kisses were given, she was allowed to open the bag, pull out and slip on the princess dress she had chosen for herself. This…

Trucker Hero

“They made us go from truck to truck… and then I had to have sex with another guy that I didn’t even know.” Sheri, age 15. Most of us drive down the road and pass by houses, buildings, alleys and rest areas, but all we ever see is the wood, brick, steel, and pavement. However, when…

Exposure: Kids’ Voices Being Heard

Each year, Newsweek hosts the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in NYC. They are featuring our Mexico media and one of our key collaborators, Congresswoman Rosi Orozco, at the event. In November, we filmed a project in Mexico for CNN that should be airing soon. We will keep you posted. This will…