Trivia with a twist at Shoefly Public House

By Stacie Ballard “Shoefly is more than just a restaurant, it is a way to have shared human experiences. We want people to do things together and have activities together. There is nothing in my opinion that is more invigorating or motivating personally than this, something bigger than myself.” This motivated Kait and Craig Mariutto,…

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When Helping Hurts: The Accidental Pimp Part 1

by Megan JessupSo many challenges are presented to agencies who are missioned to address the issue of modern day slavery and commercial sexual exploitation. If we’re not careful, even the most well-intentioned and well-thought out plans and designs can have adverse effects on the population(s) we are trying to serve and protect. Seemingly miniscule decisions…

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When Helping Hurts: The Accidental Pimp Part 2

by Megan Jessup So many challenges are presented to agencies who are missioned to address the issue of modern day slavery and commercial sexual exploitation. If we’re not careful, even the most well-intentioned and well-thought out plans and designs can have adverse effects on the population(s) we are trying to serve and protect. Seemingly miniscule…

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When Helping Hurts: The Accidental Pimp Part 3

by Megan Jessup So many challenges are presented to agencies who are missioned to address the issue of modern day slavery andcommercial sexual exploitation. If we’re not careful, even the most well-intentioned and well-thought out plans and designs can have adverse effects on the population(s) we are trying to serve and protect. Seemingly miniscule decisions…

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Prayer Journey is a sobering dose of reality

by Laci Knieper I went into the experience of the Prayer Journey pretty well aware of the issues at hand. I have fostered children. I have mentored survivors of sexual trauma and trafficking. I myself am a survivor of sexual trauma and commercial sexual exploitation, and not a stranger to some of the places we…

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Assumptions Shattered: the Ascent 121 Prayer Journey

by Hala Bannourah Prior to hearing about Ascent 121 and going on the Prayer Journey, I never gave much thought to Human Trafficking. I thought it was a faraway issue from my life or the lives of the students I worked with in the inner city. I thought this was something that happened in big cities,…

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A position of thanksgiving in the face of injustice

by Laci McClain In a broken world it can be difficult to rejoice in thanksgiving especially in the presence of injustice. We all witness injustice at some level. It is the byproduct of a broken humanity. We all experience injustice at some level in this world as part of the human experience.  It is really…

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