Dr. Kanani Titchen Fights Human Trafficking

As a pediatrics resident with Jefferson/Nemours/Afred I. de Pont Hospital for Children, Dr. Kanani Titchen, recognizes that most pediatricians are not aware of the signs of childhood sexual exploitation or know what to do if they are able to spot the signs. This includes branding, including tattooing and branding by pimps.

Dr. Titchen has developed a four-chapter series, which includes human trafficking experts who discuss signs and available resources, out of a national survey she conducted on medical students, residents and physicians. She is raising awareness on an issue that doesn’t receive much attention in the medical industry. To learn more about Titchen, please visit http://bit.ly/1ph9TEx.

Agape International Mission’s Story

I had the privilege of working alongside Agape International Missions (AIM) a few years ago as a research assistant. Additionally, I was able to travel overseas to see their ministry in Cambodia. AIM is doing phenominal work to rescue and restore victims of human trafficking while transforming surrounding communities. Take a moment to visit their website to learn more about the incredible work that they are doing!

In Plain Sight

IN PLAIN SIGHT is a documentary on the American sex trafficking industry. Scheduled to be distributed by Word Entertainment in October 2014, IN PLAIN SIGHT is a three-part campaign to help stop sex trafficking within the U.S.

They have 13 days left in their fundraising campaign to help finish the production of this important documentary. Please consider donating and/or spreading the word to help combat sex trafficking here at home! Visit http://bit.ly/1e0jtJ7 to donate or learn more!

Truckers Against Trafficking Training Film

On Monday I wrote a brief blog on The Trucking Activism Network and what they are doing to combat human trafficking. In lieu of such a post, I thought it appropriate to share Truckers Against Trafficking’s training film in order to provide additional information on the trucking industry’s link to human trafficking, particularly (child) sex trafficking and exploitation as well as some steps to take to address this specific niche.

March of Dimes Fundraising ECard

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My fundraising video gives you an opportunity to help me reach my fundraising goal as I walk in the “March of Dimes” in April.

I am marching for all of the unborn children – ectopic pregnancies, stillborn, miscarried, aborted. For the babies who are born too soon, too small and often very sick. I am marching to raise funds to better educate and equip women to better care for their child(ren) while raising awareness of infant mortality rates.

Vicki Zito – Full Interview

A mother recounts the story of her daughter’s abduction and journey into the world of human trafficking while urging individuals to educate and equip themselves on how to combat the issue of modern day slavery.

Dancing In Christmas – Sugar Plums, Candy Canes & Prince Charming

A few weeks ago, my amazing husband surprised me with tickets to go see the San Francisco Ballet perform The Nutcracker in December. To say that I am ecstatically thrilled would be an understatement. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I have been playing The Nutcracker’s musical score in preparation for our trip.

It’s been almost three years since my husband and I have seen a ballet – or any musical/dance production, for that matter – together. So this is a wonderful ‘excuse’ to dress up and enjoy the fine arts together.

First presented at the Mayinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, in December 1892, Russian composer, Peter Tchaikovsky, and mastermind choreographer, Marius Petipa, worked together to compose the infamous ballet which is based off of E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”

Interestingly enough, the first production of The Nutcracker was a failure with critics and audiences alike, although Czar Alexander III was delighted with it. However, the ballet gained popularity with future productions, particularly in the United States.

The first U.S. performance of The Nutcracker was by the San Francisco Opera Ballet in 1944. It is most fitting, then, that my husband and I will be enjoying this world-renowned ballet in the city that, in a way, helped popularize it to the acclaimed holiday tradition that is has become.