Human trafficking is a global crisis. Dignity Health is innovating how it’s fought.

Human trafficking is one of the most devastating human rights crises the world faces today. All pictures courtesy of Dignity Health. According to the International Labour Organization, more than 40 million people are victims of human trafficking around the world. And more than three quarters of these victims are women and children who are forced into labor in many different industries — including sex work. Tragically, this crisis may only be getting worse. Human trafficking is a lucrative business, bringing …

Her son died unexpectedly. Today, she’s helping to spare other families the same tragedy.

There is no one that Christy Silva loved more than her son Aidan. Photo via Christy Silva. “I thought Aidan was one in a million,” she says.  “He was very, very compassionate, considerate, just full of love.” The six-year-old, Silva recalls, gave the best hugs in the world. Being his mom is how she’ll identify forever. “I feel like that was a responsibility that cannot be taken away from me.” In 2010, Aidan’s parents lived through something that no parent …

When her nursing plans got derailed, help from people like you changed everything.

Linda Ruggiero was in nursing school when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. As a result, she almost gave up on her dream. Linda Ruggiero and her mom. Photo courtesy of Linda Ruggiero. Ruggiero, who was changing careers, needed her mom to help her pay for nursing school. But the diagnosis changed everything. Not only did Ruggiero have the weight of her mother being sick on her shoulders, now the aspiring nurse couldn’t count on any financial support. And even …

How practicing kindness could make your life so much better.

The first time most of us learned about the importance of being kind was back in preschool, so let’s travel back there (in our minds). Photo by Avel Chuklanov on Unsplash. Perhaps it was while you were sitting on your nap mat watching an episode of “Mr. Rogers”? Or maybe it was after you decided to share the Lego set you were working on with a friend? The particular setting doesn’t matter; what does matter is that you were developing …

A woman who’s tackling revenge porn, and 9 other women changing the world for the better.

Despite facing numerous social and political obstacles throughout history, women have always been powerful agents of change. Every era has its heroines — women who inspire, empower, and offer the world an extra dose of awesome. Some of these women are household names, while others fly under the radar, improving their communities and impacting people around them with little fanfare or fame. Those unsung female heroes are who L’Oréal Paris had in mind when they created the philanthropic program, Women …