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If This Nation is Ever to Unite, We Must Acknowledge One Another’s Pain.

I have an older sister, she’s great and we are really good friends, but it wasn’t always that way. We’re less than a year than a part, so growing up we fought A LOT, and we weren’t above physical altercations. One time, when we were both teenagers, we were driving to our dad’s house on […]

Roxy Was Trafficked Before Our Eyes. Let’s Do Something About it.

I sat down and cringed. I knew he had spotted us, and in a bar like this, the very last thing you wanted was to be seen by the men who frequent them. His hair was long and greased back, and his small beady eyes that looked at us with disdain; making me want to crawl […]

If I Don’t Believe: Choosing Hope in the Sex Trade

The sex trade is an extremely dark place, yet hope remains. My friend chose to go back to the dark city that once held her captive. Check out this video explaining why it’s so important to believe for the best, even in the face of despair.

A Typhoon Destroyed Her Family’s Farm, Now She Has Few Other Options

I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. Cigarette smoke clogged the air, and the dim lights barely concealed the filth of the bar. Some pop song pounded in the background, making it hard to have a clear thought. I’ve been to the bars on walking street before, several times in fact. You […]

I Sat Next to A Man Who Purchases Sex. This is What I Learned.

“Do you know where to go next?” I was staring at an arrival board in Tokyo when she approached me. Fresh off a twelve hour flight with greasy hair and fuzzy teeth I stared at the transfer board. It looked like  the next flight to Manila was departing from terminal two. And I knew before […]

When Hope is Dead.

Have you ever desired something in life? I am not talking about cookie dough cravings — I am talking about that deep guttural longing and hope, that thing you pray about before you go to bed and when you wake up. I’m talking about that thing you know God has promised you, that thing you […]

An Open Letter to Mr. Trump

Dear Mr. Trump, Yesterday a man, Brandon Stanton, whom I admire posted a letter to you. He reminded me that taking a stand against you and your ideologies of racism, sexism, and violence is not a political one, but a moral one. In so doing, he reminded me of the power of my own voice. It’s […]

Can We Please Stop Defining Ourselves By Our Sexuality?

About two months ago I found myself on a plane navigating the aisles hoping and praying that whoever I sat next would be cool, or at least not talk to me because I wanted to sleep. I was looking at my ticket number and at the aisles ahead trying to figure out who I would […]

The World Is Scary as Hell. Live Anyway.

We live in a world where people are murdered, at schools, in concerts, in Paris, and in war. Shootings have become a part of our headlines, cancer and other diseases continue to claim lives, and chances are we have lost someone that we love. I have seen my fair share of evil in this world, […]

Why me and a broken finger go together like PB & J.

About five weeks ago I was playing flag football, when I was trying to pull off someone’s flag my finger got wrapped up in their shirt and twisted my finger. It came out hurting pretty badly and looking like this. Of course, was initial reaction was like “cool” this will make a good story. And then, […]