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 …

This 11-year-old U.S. citizen has been separated from her asylum-seeking mom for 222 days.

11-year-old Yeisvi Carrillo, an American citizen, has been in foster care for more than 220 days after being forcibly separated from her mother at the border. Vilma Carrillo and her husband were living in Georgia in 2006 when Vilma gave birth to their daughter, Yeisvi. They lived there for about a year as undocumented farm workers in onion fields and warehouses before returning to their home country of Guatemala to care for Carrillo’s ailing mother in 2007. A few years …

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 …

Indigenous women in Canada are suing over forced sterilizations. What the hell century is this?

It’s a story you might expect to see a century ago. But this is recent history—as in just last year. More than 60 Indigenous women are suing physicians, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the province of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Canada, saying they were sterilized against their will after giving birth. The sterilizations took place over the past 20 to 25 years, with the most recent incident happening in 2017. Alisa Lombard, an associate at Maurice Law, the law firm …

Indigenous women in Canada are undergoing forced sterilizations. What the hell century is this?

It’s a story you might expect to see a century ago. But this is recent history—as in just last year. More than 60 Indigenous women are suing physicians, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the province of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Canada, saying they were sterilized against their will after giving birth. The sterilizations took place over the past 20 to 25 years, with the most recent incident happening in 2017. Alisa Lombard, an associate at Maurice Law, the law firm …

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 …

The NRA is getting lambasted after telling trauma doctors to ‘stay in their lane.’

The NRA apparently thinks doctors who treat gunshot wounds shouldn’t have opinions about guns. Looking at the NRA’s Twitter feed after a mass shooting is a fascinating exercise. One might at least expect some “thoughts and prayers” after a gunman walks into a bar and kills 12 people with a gun, but there’s no mention of the Thousand Oaks shooting incident at all. Nada. Zilch. There is, however, a mind-blowing bungle of a tweet from the day before the shooting …