Author archives: Krystle Gabele

How Does Your State Rank on Human Trafficking Laws?

by Krystle Gabele

August 14, 2013

Polaris Project released their 2013 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws today, which examined the progress that states have made in passing legislation that will combat human trafficking (sex and labor).  This report ranked states as Tier 1 (meaning they have passed significant measures to combat trafficking and should continue to persevere in upholding these laws), Tier 2 (they have passed measures, but need to strengthen them), Tier 3 (made some effort in passing laws and should work to improve them), and Tier 4 (state has not made any efforts in combating human trafficking through legislation). 

According to the report, 39 states have passed new measures to combat human trafficking since last year, while 32 states are now in Tier 1 status, which was an increase from 2012.  This is good news, as these states have worked to help with assisting victims and placing tougher measures against those who are traffickers.

Meanwhile, there are a few states that could work and improve human trafficking laws. South Dakota was ranked as a Tier 4 state, as they only have provisions against labor and human trafficking, yet has not placed measures to fund programs that could help with identifying, protecting, and providing services to victims. 

While there are 32 states in Tier 1, 11 states and the District of Columbia in Tier 2, and 6 states in Tier 3, more work needs to be done in terms of identifying victims and providing them with the resources to assist them in their recovery.  Hopefully, this report will help Washington with creating national benchmarks towards abolishing this crime against humanity.  

Is College Worth It?

by Krystle Gabele

August 12, 2013

With many young people preparing to attend colleges and universities throughout the country, there is one thing looming on the minds of many parents and students:  “How am I going to pay for this?”  Student loans seem to be the solution that many are choosing to finance their education.  According to a recent article in Forbes, the average college graduate will have student loans totaling close to $26,600.  This figure might seem daunting, and it especially seems overwhelming considering the economy and the dismal job market.

Join FRC for our upcoming Family Policy Lecture, “Is College Worth It?” on Wednesday, August 14th at Noon.  David Wilezol, associate producer of the nationally syndicated radio show, “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America,” joins us to look at the student loan industry and to examine whether a college education is all that it is cracked up to be.  You can register for the lecture here, and it is also available to view by webcast as well.

The Social Conservative Review: August 8, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

August 8, 2013

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Dear Friend:

It’s not every radio program that features a different Member of Congress on an almost daily basis. FRC’s radio program, “Washington Watch,” does just that.

Hosted by FRC President Tony Perkins, “Washington Watch” has become a must-listen broadcast from the nation’s capital. The program provides conservatives with up-to-the-minute information about breaking policy and political developments that affect faith, family, and freedom - developments you won’t learn about anywhere else.

You can listen to the program, at no charge, by clicking here. This site also provides a listing of the many radio stations throughout the country that carry the broadcast.

FRC and Tony offer this program for one reason: We want social conservatives nationwide to learn what’s really going on in Washington, and on the cultural front across the country, and to hear from the key players in the battles for life, liberty, family and faith.

Join us for the next program, which runs every weekday from 5-6 p.m. EST. You’ll be challenged, encouraged, and grateful for the men and women making a difference on your behalf in Washington, D.C and throughout the country.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Don’t miss our next lecture, Is College Worth It? Join us here at FRC headquarters or watch online, at no cost, by registering here.


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Free at Last: 105 Children Rescued From Prostitution Ring

by Krystle Gabele

July 29, 2013

This morning, a news headline came across the wires that caused me to pause for a second, and it was the news that 105 children were freed from the chains of modern day slavery and from being trafficked for sexual acts. USA Today and multiple news outlets shared reports that the FBI had also arrested 150 traffickers or “pimps.”

The FBI conducted the raid, Operation Cross Country, which was a massive nationwide sweep that targeted domestic minor sex trafficking. You can see some of the video below of the operation. This raid was coordinated by federal, state, and local agencies in 76 cities.

”Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America,” said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in a press release. “This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere and that the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable.”

While this is a step in the right direction, there are still traffickers in this country and around the world for those who steal the innocence of women and girls. FRC has published a booklet, “Modern Slavery: How to Fight Human Trafficking In Your Community,” which provides ways to identify human trafficking in your community. Click here to download the booklet and share it with those in your community.

The Social Conservative Review: July 25, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

July 25, 2013

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Dear Friend,

Life is full of ironies, not least of which are some of the expressions we use - why do we need to pay tolls when driving on the “free”-way?

There are others much more serious. In our nation’s military, some Left-wing activists are insisting our men and women in uniform be denied the “freedom of religion” that the Constitution they have sworn to uphold guarantees them.

For example, in May, Coast Guard Rear Admiral William Lee told of his decision to violate the rules preventing him from giving a Bible to a service member who had attempted suicide. That young man is now alive and well thanks to the transforming power of Jesus Christ, which he found through study of the Bible.

Earlier this month, FRC President Tony Perkins and FRC Executive Vice President Jerry Boykin joined Members of Congress and other leaders in releasing FRC’s new study, “A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military.” You can download the study at no cost - here. You will find the many cases of repression it documents disturbing, but that’s exactly why we’re partnering with U.S. Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and himself a veteran, to enact legislation that protects religious liberty for those who defend our country.

From the earliest days of our Republic, those who have served to keep us free and secure have called on God for help, courage, and protection. He still hears their calls. Do we?

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council


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Looking Towards Freedom: An End to Human Trafficking

by Krystle Gabele

July 15, 2013

Human trafficking has once again found its way into the media spotlight. Whether it is a Saudi Princess allegedly holding women against their will and forcing them to work against their will or a sex trafficking sting in Mexico City, which freed 74 women from captivity, we continue to learn more about the victims who have escaped from this horrible crime against humanity.

Whether the trafficked victim was forced into prostitution or into pornography, the psychological trauma that many victims endure has a long lasting impact. In a recent article in Verily Magazine, Mary Rose Somarriba describes the emotional toll and the need to end this crime. Somarriba interviewed several former victims, as well as organizations that assist trafficking victims, to bring awareness to the link between sex trafficking and pornography.

One theme that stood out was a victim who was trafficked, sold into prostitution and pornography. This victim, who has escaped the crime, indicated that being exploited in pornographic materials is far more damaging, as the photos still remain online long afterwards.

Other victims of trafficking who were forced into pornography also note the trauma of being exploited. Somarriba also notes an interesting statistic that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided:

The U.S. government considers all minors exploited in pornography to be victims of human trafficking, by virtue of their youth and inability to consent. And child pornography is a booming business. “With the advent of the Internet,” Allen notes, “the problem of child pornography has exploded … with that sense of anonymity and the ability of people to connect with each other, like-minded individuals, and trade images.”

The Department of Justice and NCMEC “both recognize that pornography is an element that adds to the serious problem of sex trafficking,” notes Elaine McGinnis in her 2004 report The Horrifying Reality of Sex Trafficking. “Many traffickers are found with filming equipment and cameras to create and sell pornography.”

This is a particularly sad statistic, and one that should outrage society as a whole. What can we do to prevent this crime from occurring? What can we do to protect the innocence of youth everywhere?

Although the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was enacted in 2000, this crime still occurs, partly because people do not recognize the signs of trafficking. Many of this could be contributed to not having the resources available to recognize those who are victims and ensuring that law enforcement is actively trying to get the traffickers off the street.

However, it is up to each state to ensure resources as well. Shared Hope International provides a valuable resource in identifying how your state ranks in preventing human trafficking. This resource tracks each state legislature and what they are doing to prevent domestic minor sex trafficking in terms of legislation.

It is time to stop girls and young women from being sexually exploited through the grim acts of trafficking. It must be the mission of professing Christians everywhere to advocate tirelessly for a society that is free of this horrible crime.

The Social Conservative Review: July 11, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

July 11, 2013

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Dear Friends,

As our culture struggles, the issues with which we deal not only multiply but become more intense. From the Supreme Court decisions last week on marriage to the acrimonious debate in the Texas legislature about late-term abortion, it is easy for social conservatives to feel not only overwhelmed, but discouraged.

Don’t. Either Jesus Christ is Lord or He isn’t. And since He is, we need to move forward with confidence in His ultimate victory in time and history. I use the word “ultimate” advisedly, in that between now and then, hardship of a number of types might ensue. But perseverance and faithfulness are vastly more important than any temporal win, however rewarding or sweeping, ever can be.

Thanks for the privilege of continuing to partner with you.

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to watch a lecture by FRC’s Dr. Pat Fagan on “the impact of pornography on college campus life.” Register for the event, at no charge, here. Also, download FRC’s groundbreaking new summary of religious persecution in the nation’s military and watch our launch of the study, with three Members of Congress, yesterday at the U.S. Capitol.


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Human Trafficking: What Can we, as a Society Do to prevent this Crime?

by Krystle Gabele

June 20, 2013

Every day, human trafficking is occurring in communities around the world. Whether it is through sex trafficking, labor trafficking, organ trafficking, and forcing children to be “child soldiers,” this crime impacts approximately 27 million men, women, and children. This crime destroys families and causes trauma for the victims.

Recently, the U.S. Department of State released its “Trafficking in Persons Report” highlighting the number of human trafficking cases occurring worldwide, victims’ stories, and a section on victim identification. There is no doubt that we should work tirelessly to bring awareness to this issue, as it impacts the dignity of human life and families.

The Washingtonian recently published an article about a human trafficking ring that was taking place in the backyard of the nation’s capital. Underage girls were being targeted by the Underground Gangster Crips gang for prostitution. The D.C. area and other large metropolitan areas face this type of crime frequently with gangs recruiting underage girls as prostitutes. These girls come from all types of familial backgrounds and from all socioeconomic classes as well. Most of these victims are recruited using social media tools, like Facebook and Twitter, and websites such as Craig’s List.

Human trafficking is becoming a fast growing crime, but there is still some stigma in terms of recognizing who is the victim or perpetrator. It is important for communities to understand the signs and how to prevent this crime from occurring.

FRC published a brochure, “Modern Slavery: How to Fight Human Trafficking in Your Community,” and this brochure provides tips on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking. There is also another valuable resource, our webcast, “Sex Trafficking in America: From the Boulevard to Planned Parenthood,” featuring speakers from organizations that specifically work with human trafficking: Shared Hope International, Courtney’s House, and the Salvation Army.

Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” This has never been more true, in terms of bringing awareness to human trafficking and working towards ending this horrible crime.

The Social Conservative Review: June 20, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

June 20, 2013

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Dear Friends,

Should homeschooling be illegal?

That’s what seems to be its status in Germany. Could it ever happen in the U.S.?

To answer that question, on June 26th FRC’s DC lecture series will continue with Michael Donnelly, the Home School Legal Defense Association’s (HSLDA) director of international affairs, and Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, discussing, “Should the State Be Raising Your Kids?”

Many of FRC’s friends and supporters teach their children at home, which is why the case of the Romeike family of Germany is so troubling. Here’s the background:

The Romeike’s were “granted asylum by a U.S. judge due to the persecution they had experienced for homeschooling their children in Germany …The family believes that the school system in Germany does not teach what they as Christians believe should be taught to their children, so they wish to teach their children in an environment where their convictions are honored - their home … Recently, the U.S. government has denied the Romeike’s request for asylum from this type of oppression in Germany. The family has appealed and is awaiting a final decision on their status. Will America be a land of refuge or will we close our doors to those who wish to direct the upbringing of their children?”

Liberties we cherish and have long taken for granted are being eroded. Join us in person here at our Washington headquarters or watch online, at no charge, by registering here.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. For more on the education front, learn what you can do to prevent college debt, by visiting, “Save Me from College Debt.”


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The Social Conservative Review: June 6, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

June 6, 2013

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Dear Friends,

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Christians is that their hope is not in any human institution, political leader, or social movement. It is in Christ Himself, the Lord of history who is weaving, subtly but unstoppably, every disparate strand of life to create the final, majestic tapestry of human experience - for His glory and the good of those who love Him.

This great truth is always relevant, but it’s a good reminder as we consider the events of our time.

  • FRC’s friend U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) has offered legislation to protect all unborn pain-capable babies nationwide.
  • The Boy Scouts of America voted to allow “open and avowed” homosexuals in their ranks, even as the Illinois legislature refused to vote for permitting same-sex marriage.
  • A federal judge has ordered that a version of the notorious abortifacient drug “Plan B” can be sold over the counter to anyone of any age.

Some defeats and some victories, none complete or necessarily final. The one great constant is the Resurrected One, Whose triumph over sin and death is comprehensive and eternal. In all the battles we fight and prayers we offer, let’s always remember that.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to watch our latest adult stem cell video, which tells the remarkable story of kidney transplant patient Rob Waddell. Unlike so many kidney patients, Rob received adult stems cells that enable him not to need anti-rejection drugs. View his story here.


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