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  An 18-year old sex trafficking victim, she was brought to IWH by the FBI. Florencia was rescued during a major sting operation in Gwinnett County. She had been smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico and was told she would be working in a factory. Coming from a poor village, she saw an opportunity to make money to send back to her impoverished family. Upon arriving into the U.S. she was forced to live with 12 other women who had been smuggled ... Read more


Originally from India, Suma was in an arranged marriage and met her husband for the first time on their wedding day. Within three weeks of the marriage, she was being verbally and emotionally abused. Her husband told her she was ugly and should be grateful somebody married her. He had received a substantial dowry from her wealthy family to marry her. Suma was an educated woman who had been a history professor. She came to the U.S. on a fiancée visa ... Read more

Pandemic effects of education for girls.

Our work in supporting the global issues of children is essential because it will take all of us working with our unique capacities to solve the extremely difficult challenges ahead. Hidden Choices is dedicated to the empowerment of all children, boys and girls, through the challenges of supporting educational programs to impact change in a world marred by long standing discrimination. Experts from all sectors are weighing in on the long lasting impact upon nations. One of Nigeria’s leading economists and ... Read more

Education is a human right and is cited in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

What can we do to help our young people over the globe succeed. Many girls do not attend school because: of the lack of schools domestic or child labor general view that girls should not be educated limited access to educational sectors extreme poverty Women represent 70% of the world’s 1.3 b people living in extreme poverty Half of the women over 25  yrs old have never been to school ( Girls Global Education Fund) Less than half of the world’s poorest who are 15 and older have had enough ... Read more

Poverty Alleviation

  In October 2013, I had the privilege of attending Opportunity Collaboration, an annual summit event in Mexico that deals with a subject that is very close to my heart.  The summit gathered together amazing people: thought leaders, corporate innovators, academicians and NGO’s to deal with the paramount challenges of the 21st Century all focused on three pressing dimensions of poverty alleviation and sustainability:  food, water and human care. Clearly these are critical to the future of humanity. Right now, about one in ... Read more

Poverty in the U.S

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor and loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend. The findings come as President Barack Obama tries to renew his administration's emphasis on the ... Read more

Crisis In The Slum

  Multi millions live in the most dire of conditions in the slums of Africa, India and Asia. I am stunned that anyone survives the severity of what I have seen and experienced.   Children are the most vulnerable.  They are starving, tortured, assaulted and refused security from most corrupt police forces. Alcoholism and glue sniffing are two crippling problems of slum life. They are cheap to buy and numbs the pain of hunger. It is for this reason that many residents opt ... Read more

Hopelessness for Slum Children

Slums are hell on earth for children. It is a life in and out of garbage dumps, no place to sleep except in ditches or makeshift shanties, high mortality rates, absentee parents, no adult supervision, small children taking care of toddler siblings, gang wars, epidemic outbreaks, missing infrastructure, violence, and the law of "survival of the fittest.” These little ones have no chance in life really. It is depressing to even think about.  They are often nothing more than cheap labor ... Read more

Top 5 Slums in the World

The 7th billionth person on planet Earth was born about one month ago.  A staggering number to think about, but have you considered that very new human being may have been born in a slum somewhere in the world.  Currently, it is estimated that there are over 200,000 slum communities, shanty towns and “informal settlements” are exploding in the world. Within the next twenty years about one third of all city dwellers will live in slums and grow in size to ... Read more

Facts About Poverty

Key Facts About Poverty Nutrition Clean Water Sanitation facilities Access to basic healthcare Adequate shelter Education & information More than 1 billion children are severely deprived of at least the essential services and goods to SURVIVE, GROW and DEVELOP 9.2 million children die each year 3.3. million babies are born still born WHY? The poorest of families are unable to obtain basic healthcare for their children.  Most of the countries with weakened healthcare systems are in: Major armed conflict Cannot provide effective child survival strategies crucial to child development and neonatal deaths The Solutions Death can be ... Read more
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