Posts Tagged ‘GEMS’
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011Dear Friend, Summer is almost finally here! I had an amazing time in L.A. reading from Girls Like Us with Annette Bening, Minnie Driver, and Taraji P. Henson for Human Rights Watch--talk about a pinch-myself moment!--but I've got to say it's good to be back home with the GEMS team. Allies in the anti-trafficking movement have made major strides in bills and laws across the nation. Let's congratulate Missouri, Vermont, Nevada, Texas, and Virginia for comprehensive human trafficking laws! Also, Georgia and Tennessee's new laws have critical Safe Harbor components. Be sure to sign the petition to help Hawai'i get its very first human trafficking laws, and take a few seconds to...
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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011Dear Friend, Happy Spring! Despite the snow (!) we've been getting in NYC the last few days, everyone here at GEMS is filled with hope and excitement about the upcoming months and several of the great changes we've recently made. After a thorough renovation, our new office is up and running! For the last 10 years, the GEMS office has been a home for the girls and young women we serve, and we are excited to bless the revamped space with new memories and the people who make the office a home. Through the generosity of Perkins + Will Design firm and our many in-kind donors, GEMS' drop-in space perfectly reflects the great beauty and worth of every young woman and girl who walks...
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Saturday, April 30th, 2011Dear Friend, Greetings! April has been a whirlwind month! I am sending this message from the west coast, where for the last week I have been having conversations about the importance of survivor- and community-led organizing and activism. These conversations have reinforced the GEMS principle that the only way to end the commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of girls and young women is to address the issues that perpetuate them, including racism, poverty, police brutality, and other forms of violence and oppression. And we must ensure that the most impacted, the most marginalized, are leading the fight! I'm happy to report that at the end of last month, GEMS members and staff met with NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly to talk about importance of...
Tags: “This Is to Mother You”, Bronx District Attorney’s Office, Bronx Women’s Bar Association, commercial sexual exploitation of children, Commissioner Kelly, Community Outreach, Craigslist, CSEC, Domestic Trafficking, GEMS, GEMS Newsletter, Good Housekeeping’s SHINE ON: Celebrating Women Making History, Mary J. Blige, National Crime Victims’ Week, National Women’s History Museum, Newsletter, Sinead O'Connor, Survivor Leadership, The Bronx County Gender Fairness Committee, The Gender Fairness Committees of New York County Courts, Women of Achievement Award
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
January has been another inspiring and productive month here at GEMS!
I recently conducted a special survivor-focused train-the-trainer training for GEMS’ Youth Outreach Workers. As survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking, GEMS’ Youth Outreach workers are …
Tags: BigBrothers BigSisters, commercial sexual exploitation of children, Community Outreach, CSEC, Domestic Trafficking, GEMS, GEMS Newsletter, HIV/AIDS Awareness Week, News, Newsletter, Outreach Team, Poetry 4 Power, Valentine's Day
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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
Christmas is just a couple of days away! As you know, this holiday can be tough for the girls and young women we serve. A day that emphasizes gathering together to celebrate with friends and family can be …
Tags: Clemency, commercial sexual exploitation of children, CSEC, Domestic Trafficking, GEMS, GEMS Newsletter, Holiday, Member Accomplishments, Monthly Supporters, Newsletter, Sara Kruzan, Shoe Revolt, Target Wishlist
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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
It is a privilege to write to you, our community of supporters, this month on behalf of the whole GEMS team. We are grateful for all you do to support our members and our work.
August was another …
Tags: Advocacy, Career Week, commercial sexual exploitation of children, Community Outreach, CSEC, Domestic Trafficking, GEMS, GEMS Newsletter, Girls Are Not For Sale, News, Newsletter, NYC Children's Services, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, OJJDP, Shared Hope International
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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Shout out to the Council of Daughters and the GEMS social network community for helping the agency get chosen as the New York charity for the Lilith Fair Concert! The concert took place at the beautiful PNC Arts …
Tags: commercial sexual exploitation of children, Community Outreach, Council of Daughters, CSEC, Domestic Trafficking, Dress for Success, GEMS, GEMS Newsletter, Lilith Fair, News, Newsletter, Safe Harbor Act, Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act
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Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
This past month has been another exciting one for GEMS! We welcomed GEMS’ new Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Ada Vasquez, a scholar and psychologist who has dedicated her professional career to political and community activism. I look forward …
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Monday, October 11th, 2010
It’s great to be back! This summer, I took my first sabbatical since founding GEMS more than 12 years ago.
I returned and hit the ground running, moderating the panel “Harnessing Survivor Leadership in Combating Demand” at Woodrow …
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Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Our mission at GEMS is to support our members so that each one can develop to her full potential. That mission came to life at our Talent Show last month where members’ talents were showcased, including wonderful poetry, …
Tags: Bronxnet TV, commercial sexual exploitation of children, Community, Community Outreach, Craigslist, CSEC, Domestic Trafficking, GEMS, GEMS Newsletter, Hot 97 Street Soldiers, Jim Buckmaster, Lilith Tour, News, Newsletter, Shoe Revolt
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