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Weekly Reader April 26, 2019

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

By: Hannah Rabalais

1. Stop Sex Trafficking by Ending Shell Companies

By: Dallas Morning News, Vanessa Bouché and Michael Findley

"Anyone in the U.S. can create an anonymous shell corporation, which allows him to conduct business without attaching his name to the entity. Police, prosecutors and anti-money laundering officials have no way to know who the real person is behind the company. In many states, including Texas, it is easier to open an anonymous shell company than it is to obtain a library card.

Our research on this topic is clear. One of us conducted research posing as a consultant inquiring on behalf of dubious clients modeled on real terrorism and corruption cases. We asked incorporation providers all over the world to create anonymous shell companies despite obvious warning signals. The replies were shocking."

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2. Fort Worth’s ‘First Justice Enterprise’ Empowers Women Through Employment

By: Dallas Innovates, Lauren Hawkins

"Melissa Ice was frustrated. She saw a gap between the outreach that her nonprofit The Net provided to female survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction, with their ability to get jobs. So she and Sarah Bowden decided to create an extension of The Net called The Worthy Co., a new network that gives quality employment to the same group of women.

“If they can’t get a job and they don’t have income, then there’s no hope for them,” Ice, founder of The Net and The Worthy Co., told Dallas Innovates. “They can’t really taste freedom if they can’t provide for themselves and, of course, their children.”

Trafficking and exploitation victims have not always been treated as such, despite there being a Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act in-place. Instead, these survivors have often been branded as criminals within the justice system."

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3.Fed Listens Community Listening Session - Summary of Discussion

By: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Key Concerns from Session

"In addition to observations regarding jobs and inflation, the speakers emphasized three key concerns: transportation, location of job opportunities and the need for investment in the community. Lack of access to affordable, reliable transportation, they noted, impedes access to jobs, educational opportunities, grocery stores, social services and health care—making it a primary obstacle to economic opportunity, financial security and overall well-being.

Another issue highlighted was the relative scarcity of jobs in South Dallas. Simmons reported that less than 1 percent of jobs in Dallas are in the South Dallas neighborhood, and few of those jobs provide a living wage. High-opportunity jobs, several speakers noted, are generally located in distant parts of the metropolitan area, necessitating a lengthy commute.

To address the community’s economic issues, the speakers pointed to the need for investment in many areas including education, business development, entrepreneurship, infrastructure, affordable housing, health and community resources. In particular, investment in building new affordable housing was identified as a critical need—a type of infrastructure, Simmons noted, vital to long-term economic and community health."

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4. Texas Must Value the True Costs of Childhood Trauma [Opinion]

By: Houston Chronicle, Tan Parker

"It has been widely known traumatic experiences suffered early in life — known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) — can leave deep emotional scars. But many studies now show that the effects of trauma can be even more profound than previously believed. These experiences can actually disrupt healthy development and change a child’s brain architecture in ways that impact behavior and health throughout an entire life.

Recognized ACEs include child abuse and neglect, death of a parent, having a parent with a mental illness, an incarcerated parent or caregiver, substance use and family violence. Sadly, it’s estimated that 24 percent of Texas children have experienced multiple ACEs."

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5. Creating Opportunity for Communities of Color Through Entrepreneurship

By: SSIR, Lisa Hamilton

"Poverty stands in the way of far too many children in the United States, particularly kids of color. Their families lack the assets—emergency savings or homeownership, for example—to help weather unexpected expenses or life changes, or to pave the way for greater stability and success for the next generation.

This is a big problem, not just for these children and families, but also for the entire nation, as children of color—who disproportionately contend with poverty and other obstacles—will soon represent the majority of kids in the United States. That means more than half of America’s young people may not have the chance they deserve to realize their full potential.

As a nation, then, we must fight poverty on multiple fronts, connecting parents with training and job opportunities that enable them to support their children, and helping children meet developmental milestones so that they can succeed in school and beyond."

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6. Michael Sorrell is Fighting Poverty One Paul Quinn College Student at a Time

By: Dallas Morning News

"Michael Sorrell’s biggest challenge is proving to Dallas that the reincarnation of Paul Quinn College isn’t a pipe dream.

After 12 years under his leadership, the small, historically black, faith-based college in southern Dallas has gone from near death to a financially stable, reimagined four-year higher-ed school that’s becoming a template for colleges around the country.

“This goes exactly to the heart of the tale of two cities — which is our city," the 52-year-old says in his office just south of downtown off I-45 on Simpson Stuart Road. "A large segment of our city does not believe that anything of significance that is positive happens south of downtown."

Sorrell is the charismatic tour de force behind the nation's first urban work college — one dedicated to giving students viable employment skills and a job at graduation. And he’s racking up kudos for his innovative thinking."

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7. Doug Nickols: A Good Night’s Sleep with Bed Start

By: Dallas Doing Good, Misty Jackson-Miller

"Doug is the director of Bed Start, a Plano-based nonprofit that serves Collin and North Dallas counties by providing new and gently-used furniture to individuals who are transitioning out of homelessness. The people they serve are referred to them through a network of over 280 organizations. These referring organizations range from churches and nonprofits to schools and municipal government services. When individuals are ready to support themselves, they’re referred to Bed Start. With the help of Bed Start, people from all walks of life are able to transform the four walls of their new residence into a home--a place where they can sit and share a family meal, where kids can focus on their homework assignments, and where, at the end of a long day, everyone can rest in a bed of their own. Bed Start serves “any and all,” says Doug. “No matter their background. We don’t discriminate.”

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