Travel Issues…Help

Good Morning,
I’m writing this with tears in my eyes, my family and i came down here to Marseille on a short trip,unfortunately we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed all cash,credit card and mobile phone were stolen off us but luckily we still have our passports with us.
I made contact with my bank but it would take me 5 working days to access funds in my account,the bad news is our flight will be leaving in less than 8-hrs from now but we’re having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let us leave until we settle the bills.
I’ll need your help financially and i promise to make the refund once we get back home,Please let me know if i can count on you and i need you to keep checking your email because it’s the only way i can reach you.

I anticipate your response
Damita Watson


Why I Was Moved By Mardaani, the Movie

Sharing Thoughts of Delhi

It actually started out like I would watch any other movie on a Sunday afternoon. Yes, I read about it, the reviews, have checked out the trailer also. In fact was quite impressed by the trailer too. Then again, most often in India, trailers look far better than the movies, and so being impressed with a film trailer is neither here nor there.

In fact the movie title, also raised my curiosity, Mardaani?! What does that mean? Deriving from the word, mard, meaning a man in Hindi, mardaani loosely translated, would mean ‘like a man’, or as accepted colloquially, ‘a brave woman’. And yet to a large extent, I had my reservations. Most movies with an aggressive female as the protagonist cannot get out of the stereotypes, or the hullabaloo associated with commercial Hindi movie. Often these are the reasons that stopped me from watching such movies. I actually hate…

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“Even One Case Is Too Many”: Vice President Biden Marks the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act


Originally published by Tanya Somanader on on September 9, 2014—
“Twenty years ago this week, President Clinton signed into law the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) — a landmark law that empowered women and children to expose and prosecute domestic violence. The signing of the law marked the end of an arduous road to pass the legislation and put our society on the path toward effectively combating such heinous abuses. Vice President Joe Biden, then a U.S. Senator, not only authored VAWA, but helped drive it through Congress and deliver it to the President’s desk.

Today, standing in front of the U.S. Constitution at the National Archives, Vice President Biden reflected on how far we’ve come in our ability — and willingness — to address domestic violence:

Even just 20 years ago, few people wanted to talk about violence against women as a national epidemic, let alone something to do…

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NYATN’s Suzanne Tomatore quoted in “Labor Trafficking Persists Amid Outrage Over Sex Trade”

New York Anti-Trafficking Network (NYATN)

NYATN steering member Suzanne Tomatore is quoted in City Limits’Labor Trafficking Persists Amid Outrage Over Sex Trade.”  Tomatore says, in part: “[Human trafficking survivors] have a sense that a crime was committed against them and that they’ve been deceived, manipulated and abused. They come to us for other reasons such as domestic violence or they’re trying to get help with immigration status. In talking to them, we identify initial trafficking to the United States. Sometimes our claimants have been in the United States for many years and were trafficked later.”  A report from Tomatore’s agency, the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project, shows: “Out of the 150 human trafficking cases, 54.6 percent involved labor trafficking and 45.3 percent involved sex trafficking. Domestic work was the most frequently reported form of labor trafficking, representing nearly 80 percent of the cases.”  Read more….

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