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Migrant boat captain arrested as survivors of sinking reach Italy

Italian police have arrested two suspected people traffickers among the survivors of the migrant boat that capsized off the coast of Libya on Sunday, as the United Nations said it believed that at least 800 people died in the sinking – the worst such incident ever in the Mediterranean.

Prosecutors …


Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2015 may hit 30,000: IOM

The number of migrants dying in Mediterranean Sea crossings could hit 30,000 this year if the current rate continues, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says.

The deaths in 2015 so far are 30 times higher than the same period last year.

The UN believes the sinking of one boat at the …


Why thousands risk everything to get to Europe

They come from more than 20 countries, drawn to Libya as the funnel to Europe.

Eritreans want to escape repression or military service; Somalis flee Al-Shabaab and clan warfare; Syrians have given up hope of returning home. In villages in Senegal and elsewhere across West Africa, young men sell all …


Victim raises awareness for human trafficking

Kris Wade, the executive director of The Justice Project in Kansas City, still has the scar where her pimps branded her.

The former victim of human …

Europe grapples with deadly Mediterranean migration crisis

European leaders are struggling to find a solution to a desperate surge of Mediterranean migration that appears to have claimed more than 1,500 lives so far this year, as poverty and war drive people to risk everything on rickety, overloaded boats.

Any answer, however, will likely be a patchwork …


In Latest Outbreak Of Bipartisanship, Senate Compromises On Trafficking Bill

A logjam over an anti-human trafficking bill has finally broken in the Senate. Senate negotiators reached a deal after a long impasse over language on abortion funding. The compromise clears the path to a confirmation vote for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch — a vote Republicans had delayed …


Conflict, famine, refugees, and IDPs: A perfect storm in Yemen?

The current crisis in Yemen will only add to the fraying of an already extremely fragile country and worsen an unfolding human tragedy. Thousands …

Middle East

Milk teeth of Irish famine's youngest victims reveal secrets of malnutrition

Tiny teeth of babies who died in the Irish famine in the 1840s, or soon afterwards when their parents moved to London in search of work, reveal they were the starving children of malnourished mothers – but the analysis may also help predict medical problems among contemporary children.

The remains, …


Keeping Syrian children free from polio at home and across the border

April 2015

The four-year-long armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has disrupted health services across the country. More than 11 million …


426 children killed in Syria gas attack: report

The devastating gas attack on Syrian civilians that took place in August 2013 killed more than 1,400 people — including 426 children, it was revealed …

Middle East

Ending unlawful child labor in cocoa: Nestlé approach can be the model, says ICI

ICI estimates that between one and two of every 10 kids in West African cocoa households are engaged in some form of child labor throughout the year. …

Business Can Help End Child Labor

I have always been fascinated by the question: How can for-profit corporations innovate to solve the world’s toughest challenges? My passion for this topic was formed at a very early age. Growing up in India, I realized that the country has too few resources to confront its many challenges; the only …

Child Labor

Child Labor, Lawsuits, and How Junior Hockey Exploits Its Players For Profit

It's Two-Dollar Tuesday at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington, just south of Seattle. Enjoying half-price tickets and all the $2 beer, hot dogs, and popcorn they can handle, over 4,600 fans are packed into the arena to watch the January 13 matchup between the hometown Seattle Thunderbirds and …

Junior Hockey

We were ‘generous’ to Mitre in child-labor exposé: HBO

A 2008 report on HBO showing sporting goods maker Mitre using child labor in India to make its soccer balls is 100 percent true, lawyers for the pay …


Child Labor Continues in Myanmar

Every day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Soe Min Lwin takes orders, serves food and washes dishes at a tea shop in Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon. Every night, he climbs onto a wooden table and falls asleep. He’s 12, and by earning just over a dollar a day, he is his family’s main breadwinner.

“When I don’t …

Labor Economics

US: Ban Hazardous Child Labor in Tobacco Farming

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The US Congress should promptly enact legislation introduced on April 16, 2015 that would provide needed protections …

Child Labor

Future of Food

WASHINGTON, DC, April 16, 2015 – With 800 million people going to bed hungry every night, countries combatting hunger must build better food systems …


Red Deer couple charged with human trafficking at central Alberta hotel

Alberta RCMP have charged a Red Deer couple with human trafficking, in connection with the alleged abuse of eight temporary foreign workers at a …

Red Deer

20 people arrested in human trafficking and sex crime bust

OWATONNA, Minn. – Over the past three months, 20 people were arrested in an undercover operation focusing on human trafficking and sex crimes.

The …


U.N. Security Council Sees Video Evidence of a Chemical Attack in Syria

UNITED NATIONS — A Monday night in March, at 8:30. The sound of helicopters, then a thud, then the smell of bleach, overpowering, followed by a surge of wounded to the local hospital. They were all short of breath. Some vomited. All reeked of bleach.

This is what Dr. Mohamed Tennari, 35, from the …


Future Being Made Now for Syria's Children

On Tuesday, a conference will be held in Kuwait to raise funds to feed the starving people of Syria. This crucial donor meeting can draw a little inspiration from history.

For it was almost seventy years ago to the day when nations rallied to bring food to the starving people of the Netherlands. It …


Rochdale councillor's son among Britons held near Turkish-Syrian border

The 21-year son of a Labour councillor in Rochdale is one of nine British people arrested trying to cross the border into Syria.

Waheed Ahmed, a politics student at Manchester University, was stopped in Turkey on Wednesday along with four children aged one, three, eight and 11, and four other …


Red Cross shares image of SECOND Syrian girl who surrendered to a camera

A Red Cross worker has pictured a second young Syrian girl - living in a refugee camp in Jordan - who became frightened and raised her hands to …

Cambodian child labour laws flouted with fake ID

Like most teenagers, Jorani, who says she is 14,has plenty of stamina. She has just spent the day making hundreds of shoes at the New Star Shoes Co factory in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

“I punch holes in about 300 shoes every day, and work eight hours a day, six days a week,” she says, in a barely …

Child Labor

‘Exploitation’: Clothing labels accused of Cambodia worker discrimination, child labor

Published time: March 12, 2015 13:50

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Human Rights Watch has lashed out at European retail giants over "discriminatory labor …


Man used fake ‘I CARE’ nonprofit to swindle parents of abucted children: authorities

A cold-hearted Brooklyn man allegedly used his bogus nonprofit, called “I CARE Foundation,” to trick parents into believing he could rescue their …


Boston children leading the way in new program to fight hunger

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Every step these kids take puts them one step closer to literally saving a life.

"It makes me feel proud," Ashley Tores said. "So I …


Viola Davis On Surviving a Hungry, Impoverished Childhood: 'It's My Way of Healing'

One in five children in America lives in a household without enough food. Viola Davis was once one of them.

The movie and TV superstar has an …

Viola Davis

Syria's lost generation: report counts cost of collapse in education system

Karim has not been to school in over two years. Instead he chops wood to help his family survive.

“I can’t go to school as my family needs to eat so I work with my father and my brother instead,” the 11-year-old, who lives in a camp in northern Syria near the Turkish border, told human rights …

Middle East

Will Nigeria's New President Finally #BringBackOurGirls?

In a landmark election today, former military leader Muhammadu Buhari ousted incumbent Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan from the power seat. Voters rejoiced in the streets, and even the defeated Jonathan extended a call of congratulations to the first-ever candidate to beat the sitting …

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