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When this curious group of 8 gathered for a trip to Ecuador none of us imagined what would await us in the first 24hrs. On arrival at 1.30am our precious friends and hosts were there to meet us, pack us - bag and baggage - into a waiting van and whisk us off through deserted streets to a simple and safe place to rest ... for just a few hours!

Waking Up & Awakening

After 24 hrs travel that's all we had before waking to soft rain and refreshing showers! Sounds of unusual  birds, kids shouting, horns blaring and the rain falling harder and harder on the tin roof...

Stepping UP & Stepping OUT!

January 29, 2014

Let's be honest, it can be scary! Stepping Up is the stuff that happens inside, things we know. Stepping Out is the stuff that's outside, others see it - often whether we choose to demonstrate it or not ;) Can we have one without the other?

The reason I ask is that as January draws to a close and memories of our bold, brave resolutions  begin to fade, I want to help you hold on and retrieve them before it's too late! Before they retreat only to rise again in 11 months time ... you don't want that ... not really ... but how?

The self-doubt, time constraints and inner 'meany'...

Loom Chicago... a church basement ... well, when they did we all certainly had a good laugh, but it was no joke! In fact 15 of these amazing women walked into my life last month ... and I can't wait to see them all again next week!

LOOM - woven together is a group of women refugees who've arrived in the US this last year or so. Thanks to the work of

These are exciting days! In the last few years raising awareness of Anti-Human Trafficking has thankfully grown exponentially! I meet many young people now who are wholly disgusted by what's happening and wholly committed to being part of its demise.

This week is proving exciting because now a number of governments around the globe are Stepping Out to Stop the Traffik in meaningful ways.

Here are a few:

 

Having arrived home to the US from Bangladesh sooner than planned, for family reasons, I find myself in the midst of that annual candy frenzy called Halloween! And of course am challenged afresh by the scary amounts of scary chocolate on sale everywhere.

This month LexisNexis and Stop the Traffik have released a very well documented report, Dark Chocolate: Understanding human trafficking risks in...

3 girls rescued in Bangladesh; a 3 day sweep in the US and 3 key ways you can support Anti-Traficking work from where you are.

3 Girls Rescued in Bangladesh

I'm gratefully re-posting this amazing email sent out to supporters of the Children's Uplift Programme (CUP), Bangladesh

27th July 2013

Dear friends,

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