Prostitution: Conscious Choice or Wage Slavery?

The issue of human trafficking is one that has garnered increased attention recently in national headlines and human rights discussions. With the U.N. approximating more than 2.5 million victims worldwide, and leaders like President Obama bringing trafficking issues to the forefront of domestic and international policy, little debate has arisen to dispute the consensus that global action be taken to correct this great injustice.

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Beware the “Alternative System” for Public Education

Charter schools are not the enemy, but neither are traditional public schools–despite what you may have heard from Christopher Nelson last night. Mr. Nelson, who is the Managing Director of the Doris and Donald Fisher Fund, presented at Sanford with Tammi Sutton, founder and Executive Director of KIPP: Eastern North Carolina. The event, titled “Creating Change Through Charter Schools,” touched on a number of issues, from how KIPP was started to its unique theory of change. Continue reading

Research Sheds Light on Risk Factors for Hispanic Students in North Carolina

With North Carolina’s changing demographics come changing classrooms. Research from three Duke professors shows special risk factors for Hispanic children in the state.

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The number of people migrating to the U.S. doubled between 1990 and 2008. By 2009, 38.5 million people in the US were foreign-born (around 12.5% of the total population). Most of the new migrants came from Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America. During this period, the destination of the families also switched from traditional places, like Texas and California, to new destinations—among them, North Carolina.

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Border Blame

Despite record numbers of migrants dying trying to enter Europe, EU remains reluctant to overhaul migration policies 

"No man is illegal." Photo taken in Berlin, Germany July 18, 2014 by Stephanie Reist. “No man is illegal.” Photo taken in Berlin, Germany July 18, 2014 by Stephanie Reist.

On September 10th yet another migrant boat tragedy occurred in the Mediterranean Sea. According to survivors, Human traffickers deliberately capsized a ship off the coast of Malta, resulting in the deaths of nearly 300 people.  The ship, which departed from Egypt, carried men, women, and children from Syria, Palestine, Sudan and Egypt. Two Palestinian survivors of the tragedy told the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that the smugglers laughed and taunted the migrants after ramming the ship, and even chopped at the hands of a drowning man trying to hold on to their boat. Continue reading

This Week at Sanford September 29-October 5, 2014

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Sanford Professors Talk Capital in the 21st Century

If you hCapital_in_the_Twenty-First_Century_(front_cover)aven’t heard anything about Thomas Picketty’s book “Capital in the 21st Century,” it may be time to look it up (go ahead, the Economist has a four-paragraph summary if you are short on time). “Capital” uses newly compiled data to track the evolution of wealth inequality since the industrial revolution. The analysis shows that wealth is increasingly concentrated among an elite few, and that Europe and the United States may be returning to a structure in which the economy is dominated by inherited wealth. Picketty’s conclusions have attracted an incredible amount of both positive and negative attention – as  Paul Krugman commented, “we’ll never talk about wealth and inequality in the same way.” Continue reading