Weekly Reader June 28, 2019
Updated: Oct 9, 2019
By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer
1. How former special ops and CIA officers are using the old Backpage.com offices to target sex traffickers
By: Dallas Morning News
"The idea behind the Deliver Fund is simple. For nearly two decades, the United States has carried out a protracted campaign against terrorist networks around the world. To succeed in that fight, the federal government has developed key insights on how to roll up organizations that spread across borders. Part of that has involved training Americans in how to gather, analyze and disseminate intelligence essential to identify and track bad actors and then systematically dismantle their networks. American success in the war on terror is driven by such intelligence."
2. What Is An Advocate?
By: Genesis Women's Shelter, Kristene Ruddle
"Advocates at Genesis work specifically with survivors of domestic violence to help them become and remain as safe as possible. These needs are different for each woman – for some, it may include assistance in navigating resources for their children; for others, it can mean identifying the resources needed for self-sufficiency, such as housing, employment or mental health needs. We also discuss if she has proper documentation: some clients may need a new ID, birth certificate or social security card for herself and/or her children. These documents are critical when applying for services and help, but sometimes her abuser has destroyed them. Although all clients and advocates are unique, safety is a common thread and is always the number one priority."
Read full article here: https://www.genesisshelter.org/what-is-an-advocate/?fbclid=IwAR0gY3xth0zt97alInr_EaJIgoYYvgB4FxxDe5EStgkx0a93puQm8PC_Zqg
3. How Seattle's vacant building problem is helping ex-prisoners and the homeless
By: Crosscut, Josh Cohen
"The men’s time in Mount Baker is limited. Like many of Seattle’s worn-down bungalows, their current home is slated for redevelopment — in this case, several of the houses on the block were bought up by a developer who has applied for permits to build a seven-story apartment building.
But this is not your typical Seattle story of low-income residents displaced by development. Jason didn’t move into the house until after it had been bought by the developer, and he knew from the beginning that the place eventually would be torn down. He and his housemates would not, in fact, be living there if it wasn’t going to be torn down."
Read full article here: https://crosscut.com/2019/06/how-seattles-vacant-building-problem-helping-ex-prisoners-and-homeless?fbclid=IwAR0HSaLz0whYUKVaFAhE3FBqYBaACB0vl4ypJP_L2nR-uSnXb8DUrEA5c8o
4. What a boss: Brewerytown cafe owner helps former foster kids build skills, find jobs, and create a supportive community
By: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Grace Dickinson
"Positive outcomes like Washington’s are common at M&E, where Miccolis is on a mission to help young adults aging out of foster care manage the jarring gap between dependent care and adult life. M&E enrolls four young adults at a time (ages 18 to 22) in its transitional employment program. Participants receive a mix of paid work experience and personal and professional development classes. They’re invited to stay for up to a year. (All of M&E’s profits support the program, which is funded by 50 percent earned revenue and 50 percent contributions; donations can be made online)."
Read full article here: https://www.inquirer.com/news/monkey-and-the-elephant-lisa-miccolis-aging-out-of-foster-care-20190616.html
5. Missy Phipps: Granting Wishes to Terminally Ill Moms
By: Dallas Doing Good, Mary Martin
"When the idea of Ally’s Wish came to my mind, my question was, “What would I want if I was given a terminal diagnosis and had young children?” And the answer above and beyond any other was to make memories with my kids that they could remember forever. So to help these precious moms make sweet memories with their kids, that don’t involve their illness, is an absolute honor and privilege and I am overwhelmed that God would allow me to be a part of this organization."
Read full article here: https://www.dallasdoinggood.com/doing-good/missy-phipps-granting-wishes-terminally-ill-moms