Verna Paredes, an officer of the Philippines National Police Women and Children's Protection Desk. Photo by Christa Hillstrom.

All-Female Police Guard Filipino Refugee Camps

In the chaos that follows natural disasters, women are at risk for trafficking and gender-based violence. After Typhoon Haiyan, a special corps of women police officers were dispatched to keep them safe.

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Adam Hochschild: We Can End Slavery Again

It took just 20 years to end the British slave trade. What history teaches us about ending exploitation today.

Phones

Smart Phone? Why It’s Time for a Kind Phone

Our throwaway electronics harm people overseas, but new trends in responsible design are not just smart—they’re kind.

Factory Workers

Factory Workers on the Frontlines

The future of corporate responsibility means hearing firsthand from factory workers about their conditions.

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A Mothers’ Search for Disappeared Migrants

More than 70,000 Central American migrants have disappeared on the road North since 2006. Now their mothers are searching for them.


Labor Trafficking

MeeksMolina

Escape from an L.A. Sweatshop

Flor Molina took her human trafficking story to the California capitol to lobby for change.

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Sex Trafficking

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In Nepal, Comics Hit Sex Trafficking at the Source

Can comics fight sex trafficking? Graphic journalist Dan Archer thinks so.

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Global Economics

Annie Leonard

How to Be More Than a Mindful Consumer

The way we make and use stuff is harming the world—and ourselves. To create a system that works, we can’t just use our purchasing power. We must turn it into citizen power.

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Policy

Taza Chocolate pioneered the concept of direct trade for chocolate. Founder Alex Whitmore negotiates individual prices with each cooperative and has ongoing dialog about quality and best practices. Taza’s direct- trade policy, without middlemen exporters and distributors, subverts the standard supply chain and offers a meaningful alternative. Above, the Taza factory in Somerville, Mass. Left to right, co-founder Kathleen Fulton, employee Suhayl Ramirez, and Whitmore. Photo by Paul Dunn.

What’s Fairer Than Fair Trade?

Fair trade is good, but it still leaves cocoa growers in poverty. Here’s how to do better.

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Recent Articles

How to Be More Than a Mindful Consumer

The way we make and use stuff is harming the world—and ourselves. To create a system that works, we can’t just use our purchasing power. We must turn it into citizen power.

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What’s Fairer Than Fair Trade?

Fair trade is good, but it still leaves cocoa growers in poverty. Here’s how to do better.

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Escape from an L.A. Sweatshop

Flor Molina took her human trafficking story to the California capitol to lobby for change.

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The Human Cost of Stuff

Human Goods’ new collaboration with YES! Magazine digs into how we can rehumanize our often exploitative relationships with the people who make our stuff.

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150 Years Later: Now’s Our Chance to Free the Slaves Again

For those who insist they would have been abolitionists during the Civil War, there’s still time to become one.

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One Billion Rise

This Valentine’s Day, join the worldwide walkout to end violence against women.

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Could Bringing Manufacturing Back to the U.S. Help Curb Forced Labor?

What one writer discovered when she traced a Christmas gift’s roots.

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It’s Time to Take a Stand for Domestic Workers

150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, it’s time to recognize domestic labor as real work that should be protected.

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India vs. Rape

India has been reeling in the wake of a brutal gang rape and murder. While some are pushing legalization of prostitution in the wake of the horrific crime, Ruchira Gupta believes legitimizing it will only support the myth of male supremacy.

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We Still Don’t Punish Contractors for Slavery on U.S. Bases

With all the laws on the books, why are migrants still exploited in the places that claim to bring “freedom” to the world?

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