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Human Trafficking Report Shows All Forms Must Be Addressed

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) June 15, 2007

World Vision commends the U.S. State Department’s continued efforts to identify and combat human trafficking throughout the world through the recent release of the seventh annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP).

The TIP report is a vital instrument in the U.S. government’s commitment to develop policies that fight human trafficking, highlight progress on the issue and encourage foreign governments to take effective action. This report must be matched by sufficient political will to hold all nations accountable for human trafficking violations.

“Otherwise, the TIP Report risks becoming a mere footnote in the fight to end modern-day slavery,” said Joseph Mettimano, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization focused on helping children and their communities worldwide.

This year’s report also recognizes the 200th anniversary of the British Parliament’s abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. Still, slavery continues in today’s world. World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization, is among those working around the globe to stop the trade in human lives.

Human trafficking is the unwilling transport of human beings across borders. It takes many forms, such as commercial sexual exploitation, child soldiering, debt bondage, servitude on the high seas, involuntary domestic labor and brokered marriages. Each year, as many as 800,000 people are transported from one country to another to be used in the commercial sex trade, forced labor or domestic service. Eight out of 10 of those are women and girls. An estimated two million children are enslaved in the global sex trade.

The report’s tier rankings include countries that have violations involving both sex trafficking and trafficking child soldiers. The recently introduced Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2007 (CSPA) is intended to curb use of child soldiers, in concert with State Department reporting on violations. U.S. lawmakers must pass this legislation to prohibit taxpayer dollars from aiding militaries that victimize children by using them as soldiers and sex slaves.

“Passing the Child Soldiers Prevention Act is one such step the U.S. government must implement as they hold other nations accountable for their efforts to address all forms of modern day slavery,” says Mettimano.

World Vision has responded to the sex trafficking problem by protecting the vulnerable through education, aftercare and alternative livelihoods. One such program is a Trauma Recovery Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where hundreds of girls have recovered from their abuse. In its first nine years, the program has served 650 girls ages eight to 18, and successfully reintegrated 520 with their families or communities, or arranged foster or small group homes.

World Vision also helps U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field attachés identify Americans who abuse children in other countries and gather information that could lead to their prosecution and conviction. In addition, World Vision collaborates with destination-country law enforcement and government agencies dedicated to protecting children, to develop more efficient reporting and investigation procedures.

For additional information, please visit http://www.seekjustice.org

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Pandora Corp. Tells Parents: In 2010 You Must Know What Your Child Is Doing On The Internet


Bronx, NY (PRWEB) December 29, 2009

Experts all agree computers should be kept in high-traffic areas of the house, in rooms like the kitchen or family room; most have agreed that letting a teenager have his or her own computer in the bedroom is not a good idea.

But times have changed. Today, most families have more than one computer. And with the amount of school work requiring a computer – and in many cases an internet connection – and pressure mounting from peers to be socially active online, teens having their own Internet connection is an unavoidable reality.

As technology advances, however, parents can easily give their online youngsters privacy and freedom, while at the same time protect them from the dangers online. Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, is giving parents a reminder to be smart when giving teens their own PC.

“Parents giving their kids new computers need to adopt and enforce a new set of rules,” says Pandora Corp. co-founder Manuel Coats. “Simple things like leaving the door open, an Internet cut-off time at night and visiting your child’s room often when they are online are all simple steps you can take.”

But, Coats adds, that is not going to be enough to monitor the tech savvy youngsters of today.

“A new PC is a big gift for them and a big responsibility for you. It’s imperative that you make a New Year’s resolution to monitor and know how your child is using that computer,” says Coats. “Tools like our PC Pandora monitoring software make it easy to find that happy medium between teens being able to freely use the Internet socially, and parents not being left in the dark about their child’s online activity.”

PC Pandora is monitoring software that records all activity on a computer. The program’s first-rate monitoring capabilities take sequential snapshots of everything that happens on the screen, thus allowing parents to see first-hand everything their child does both on and offline. In effect, PC Pandora is like having a DVR on your child’s computer.

Further details of user activity are made available in text-based files, including instant messenger chats, emails sent and received, websites visited, peer-2-peer files shared, keystrokes logged, programs accessed, Internet search queries and more. The IRIS feature will even send those text-based files right to a parent’s email – invaluable for working moms and dads who can’t always be home when their kids are online.

Coats points out the ways that computer monitoring software can help parents are so numerous they often don’t consider all of them.

“If your child is talking to strangers on social networks, creating and maintaining multiple social network profiles, visiting websites you don’t approve of, downloading illegal music and movies, or falling victim to or – even worse – acting as a cyberbully, you will know about it if you are monitoring their Internet activity.”

WHERE DO KIDS GO?

A recent study revealed the top 100 search terms for internet users under the age of 18. Popular websites YouTube, Google and Facebook comprised the Top 3 (in that order); but following as number four and five: “Sex” and “Porn.”

“Most parents are going to be shocked by this, but it’s very understandable,” explains Coats. “Children are naturally inquisitive; they are going to eventually explore these topics. Though no parent may want to admit it, chances are their child is doing it.”

Typical filters and standard blocks are easy for savvy young users to circumnavigate. So the question becomes: how can you talk to your child if you don’t even know for sure where they are going online? Computer monitoring software like PC Pandora lets parents see what their child is doing, enabling them to act upon knowledge rather than assumption.

“The real scary statistic is that ‘porn’ shows up as number four for the ‘7 & under’ age group,” says Coats. “Kids are searching at a younger age now, and parents need to be aware. PC Pandora is the best tool you can use to keep them safe and be absolutely sure about their online activity.”

A 2-hour trial of the PC Pandora monitoring software is available at the PC Pandora website. Additional online safety tips can be found on the company’s 18 Tips for Safe Surfing page.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal – to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandora’s Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2008, Version 5.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. In addition, the company has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com. Currently in version 5.3, the next release of PC Pandora will incorporate Pandora LIVE, a web-based service that will allow parents to check content from anywhere through a secure server.

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Sexual Abuse By Clergy Must Be Addressed By U.S. Churches & Religious Organizations, Says Texas Lawyer


Houston, Texas (PRWEB) April 18, 2010

Churches of all denominations must confront the problem of sexual abuse by clergy and other religious leaders and work harder to protect victims of abuse rather than the abusers, Texas attorney Brad T. Wyly says.

Religious leaders occupy positions of substantial power and authority. Children are taught to trust and obey them, said Wyly, founder of the Wyly Law Firm, P.C. which represents victims of personal injury, including clergy abuse. Churches and other religious organizations need to ensure the relationship between clergy and children is not abused. Sexual abuse of a minor is a particularly horrendous crime that can affect youths psychologically and physically for the rest of their lives.

Wyly said documents that show Catholic Church leaders allowed a predatory priest to molest deaf boys for decades despite numerous complaints serves as a glaring reminder of the devastating consequences of a religious organizations failure to address this problem.

According to church records published as part of a March 24, 2010 New York Times article, the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy admitted to a counselor that he had sexually abused dozens of boys perhaps upwards of 200while ministering at a school for the deaf near Milwaukee, Wisconsin from the 1950s to 1970s. Despite numerous complaints about Murphys conduct to three archbishops and law enforcement officials, he was never defrocked and instead quietly transferred to another community where he continued to work in parishes and schools until his death in 1998.

Children who are victims of sexual abuse can experience difficulty in developing positive relationships and often experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder involving terrifying flashbacks and nightmares in which they relive the ordeal. Victims of sexual abuse often experience social withdrawal, have problems sleeping, have trust issues and may develop chemical dependency issues.

Lawsuits against those responsible for clergy abuse can bring about change. They can help ensure that the person responsible for the abuse is removed from his position of power so that he can never hurt another child, Wyly said.

Victims of clergy abuse may also be able to pursue compensation from those responsible while preserving their privacy. This can be done either through pursuing settlement negotiations with the church or religious organization responsible for the abuse out-of-court or by guarding the privacy of the victim through a motion to seal court records from the general public. Privacy concerns should not prevent someone from holding those responsible for sexual abuse accountable, Wyly said.

About the Wyly Law Firm, P.C.:

The Wyly Law Firm, P.C., is dedicated to helping people who have suffered a personal injury including sexual abuse. The firm investigates allegations of sexual abuse and pursues civil actions against abusers and any third party that failed to protect innocent victims. The service we provide is confidential and focuses on doing what is best for you the client. The firm, based in Houston, represents clients throughout Texas.

Brad T. Wyly, the founder of the law firm, is a skilled negotiator and lawyer. He was named as a Rising Star in Law & Politics magazine in 2005 and 2006. Mr. Wyly may be contacted at 713.574.7034 for a private and confidential consultation.

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California Code Says Parents of Certain Adult Children Must Pay Child Support


Alameda, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) April 17, 2011

Many people think that once their kids are grown, they are no longer responsible for supporting their children financially. But Gina M. Mariani, an East Bay family law attorney, points to a California Family Code which holds parents accountable for their adult children, regardless of age, if a child is incapacitated from earning a living. Mariani feels it is vital for all parents to understand California Family Code Section 3910, especially if they have mentally, physically, or emotionally disabled offspring. She explains five things all parents should know about the code, and how it may affect their lives.

California Family Code Section 3910 specifically states: The father and mother have an equal responsibility to maintain, to the extent of their ability, a child of whatever age who is incapacitated from earning a living and without sufficient means. For adult children, according to this code, the child support amount is based upon the California Child Support Guidelines in the same manner as it is calculated for a minor child.

I have had personal experience with these kinds of cases, said Mariani, an Alameda child custody and child support attorney. They are heart wrenching, especially when a parent refuses to acknowledge that their adult child is disabled and, moreover, legitimately unable to gain and maintain employment.

Mariani notes that many people are simply unaware that this code exists, and explains five things about Code 3910 that she thinks every parent should know:

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Infants and Children Must Be Included in AIDS Vaccine Trials


Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 16, 2011

In advance of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day on May 18, Dr. Laura Guay, Vice President of Research for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation issues a statement regarding the importance of including infants and children in AIDS vaccine trials.

Over the past two decades, efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) have dramatically reduced new cases of HIV infection in children in high-income countries. However, more than 1,000 children a day are still infected with HIV, mostly in resource-poor countries where breastfeeding is key to infant survival. A vaccine that could be given to infants to protect those born to HIV-positive mothers against HIV infection during breastfeeding, as well as to potentially set the stage for lifetime immunity, could create the first generation protected from and free of HIV.

In our continuing efforts to reach more women with PMTCT interventions, we must continue to investigate additional strategies to protect infants and children from HIV infection, including the development of a preventive vaccine.

It is particularly important that pediatric vaccine trials be conducted where there are high rates of mother-to-child HIV transmission, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, so that children in these settings can be among the first to benefit, and the vaccines efficacy can be quickly established.

Despite the potential benefits, children have been largely excluded from HIV vaccine research. Of the more than 190 HIV vaccine trials that have been completed, less than two percent have included children.

This sobering statistic reflects a reluctance to test vaccine candidates in infants and young children without first demonstrating the vaccines efficacy in adults. However, a vaccine that is not effective in preventing adult infection could potentially be successful in decreasing infection in infants. Once vaccine safety has been established in adults, it is critical that pediatric trials be conducted in parallel with adult efficacy trials.

Continuing to test vaccine candidates in adults alone will leave behind infants and children, a vulnerable population that deserves to benefit from a successful vaccine.

About the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

The Foundation is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS, and has reached more than 11.6 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies. It works at more than 5,400 sites in 17 countries to implement prevention, care, and treatment services; to further advance innovative research; and to execute strategic and targeted global advocacy activities in order to bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families worldwide.

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United Nations: Son Preference Perpetuates Discrimination and Violations of Womens Rights It Must and Can End

Geneva, Switzerland (PRWEB) June 14, 2011

Gender-biased sex selection reflects and fuels a culture of discrimination and violence, and must be addressed urgently by all segments of government and society as a matter of womens human rights, five UN agencies have stressed.

A statement issued today by OHCHR, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and the WHO* reviews the evidence behind the causes, consequences and lessons learned regarding son preference or sex selection favouring boys in many parts of South, East and Central Asia, where ratios as high as 130 boys for every 100 girls have been observed.

Sex selection in favour of boys is a symptom of pervasive social, cultural, political and economic injustices against women, and a manifest violation of womens human rights, the statement notes, citing one mans testimony that the birth of a son enhances my status, while that of a girl lowers my head.

There is huge pressure on women to produce sonswhich not only directly affects womens reproductive decisions, with implications for their health and survival, but also puts women in a position where they must perpetuate the lower status of girls through son preference,” according to the statement.

“It is also women who have to bear the consequences of giving birth to an unwanted girl child. These consequences can include violence, abandonment, divorce or even death, the statement adds.

Against the backdrop of such intense pressure, women seek to discover the sex of a foetus through ultrasound. The discovery of a female foetus can then lead to its abortion. Sex selection can also take place before a pregnancy is established, or after the birth of a girl, through child neglect or infanticide. Over decades, the practice has caused a sex-ratio imbalance in many countries, particularly in South Asia, East Asia and Central Asia.

There is also the possibility of an increase in violence against women resulting from such an imbalance. For instance, the lack of women available for marriage in some areas may lead to the trafficking of women for forced marriages from other regions or the sharing of brides among brothers.

In some countries, pre-natal sex determination and disclosure are illegal, while others have laws banning abortion for sex selection. But such restrictions are also bypassed by the use of clandestine procedures, which may put womens health in jeopardy.

States have an obligation to ensure that these injustices are addressed without exposing women to the risk of death or serious injury by denying them access to needed services such as safe abortion to the full extent of the law, and other health care services, experts from the UN agencies warned.

Renewed and concerted efforts are needed by governments and civil society to address the deeply rooted gender discrimination which lies at the heart of sex selection, the experts noted, recommending a multi-pronged approach to resolving the problem.

The statement proposes concrete steps to tackle the problem, including the collection of more reliable data on the extent of the problem and the factors driving it; guidelines on the use of technology for health professionals; supportive measures for girls and women, such as incentives for families with only daughters; and other legal and awareness-raising actions.

States should develop and promotepolicies in areas such as inheritance laws, dowries and financial and other social protection in old age…that reflect a commitment to human rights and gender equality, the statement suggests. States should support advocacy and awareness-raising activities that stimulate discussion and debatearound the concept of the equal value of boys and girls.

The statement cites the Republic of Korea as one country where the preference for sons has largely been overcome through a combination of strategies, including attention to gender equality in laws and policies, advocacy, media campaigns and economic growth.

The experts reaffirmed the commitment of UN agencies to support efforts by governments and Non-Government Organizations to redress the situation.


Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the World Health Organization (WHO)

To read the full interagency statement, please visit:

http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/gender_rights/9789241501460/en/index.html

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Education is a Must for Child Safety During the Upcoming ‘High Alert’ Halloween Holiday


Miami, FL (PRWEB) October 24, 2011

Times have changed. The days of children riding bikes alone until dark may be over, but Bryant Security, a Miami security services company is taking steps toward child safety that are changing communities for the better. With Halloween around the corner, Bryant instills parental peace of mind while kids have fun while staying safe by offering seminars and increased security during the holiday.

Each year, before the new school year begins Bryant Security gives free seminars during the teacher planning days. A Bryant Security Specialist speaks to parents, teachers and administrators on how to take extra precautions, what suspicious activity to look for, and how to relay safety and security through the student body. Although there are many devices which can keep you safe, safety must still be an aware state of mind, and this must be taught at a very young age. comments Rene Zerquera, the Field Operations Manager for Bryant Security. Year after year, Bryant continues to come up with innovative ways to protect students through education and hands on activities. This Halloween season, Bryant Security will kick up their patrolling in malls, schools and at events-to give the community an added feeling of safety.

Wake County Traffic Ticket Attorney Says Even Minor Citations Must Be Taken Seriously


Raleigh, N.C. (PRWEB) May 05, 2012

Wake County traffic ticket attorney David Coolidge said today that anyone who received a ticket or was otherwise charged during the states recent No Need 2 Speed law enforcement campaign should secure legal representation to ensure their rights are protected.

A person shouldnt face a courts judgment without a legal representative to stand with them as their advocate and advisor, said Coolidge, founder of the Coolidge Law Firm in Raleigh, which provides legal assistance to those charged with Wake County speeding violations.

Coolidge noted that Lindsey Kabbes, an Elon Law School graduate with recent experience as a criminal defense attorney in Harnett County, recently joined the firm as an associate.

Kabbes, who played both basketball and volleyball while earning her undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Peace College (William Peace University), handles primarily traffic and misdemeanor cases.

As a competitive athlete Lindsey values commitment and dedication, and this translates in her efforts to obtain the best outcome for her clients, Coolidge said.

State and local law enforcement officers issued 39,150 traffic and criminal citations statewide during the No Need 2 Speed campaign last month, according to a Governors Highway Safety Program (GHSP) news release. Officials cited 13,435 drivers for speeding, slightly more than one third of all charges made.

During the campaign, officers issued tickets for 2,832 safety belt and 426 child passenger safety violations. They also made arrests on 1,003 drug charges and 829 driving while impaired (DWI) charges. In addition, they apprehended 819 fugitives and recovered 51 stolen vehicles across the state.

If a person is found guilty of even the most minor traffic violation, it is not as simple as paying a one-time fine, Coolidge said. Traffic ticket convictions can result in points against a persons license, which could eventually result in suspended driving privileges and higher insurance premiums for several years.

In Wake County, the 3,154 traffic and criminal charges made during No Need 2 Speed included 1,265 speeding tickets, 38 DWI charges, 136 seat belt or child restraint charges, 72 drug violations, 203 fugitive arrests and seven recoveries of stolen vehicles.

When an individual is charged with a crime, there are legal issues to explore and factors to consider that could work in the defendants favor, Coolidge said.

Misdemeanor offenses may be punishable by jail, probation, or community service hours, which a defense lawyer could help one avoid, he said.

A lawyer will be on your side throughout the entire process, he added. A person doesnt have to face speeding or any traffic or criminal charges on their own.

About The Coolidge Law Firm

The Wake County traffic ticket attorneys of The Coolidge Law Firm provide skilled, experienced and aggressive legal representation to those throughout Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville, Knightdale and other communities in Wake County and its surrounding area who have been cited for moving violations (such as speeding, reckless driving, unsafe movement, passing a school bus or expired license, inspection and registration) or charged with driving while impaired (DWI). The firms practice areas also include drug possession, sex crimes, student crimes, theft, robbery, violent crimes, domestic violence and probation and parole violations. Additionally, the firm also represents those in criminal matters involving habitual felon status, motions for appropriate relief (MAR) and expungment. To learn more about The Coolidge Law Firm, call (919) 239-8448 any time of day, any day of the week or use the firms online form.







Successor Trustees Must Become More Diligent as California Home Prices Recover — Tip Sheet by Mark W. Bidwell


Irvine, California (PRWEB) February 26, 2013

&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices reports: As of the fourth quarter of 2012, average home prices across the United States are back at their autumn 2003 levels. The recovery in home prices increases the equity in a decedents real property. Any loss of home equity in the administration of a trust exposes the Successor Trustee to personal liability.

Successor Trustees to trusts owning real property need to take these seven steps to avoid personal liability and for the smooth administration, distribution and closing of the trust estate. These steps are provided by Mark W. Bidwell, a licensed California Attorney. More information is available at http://www.DeedAndRecord.com.

First, California law requires the Successor Trustee to provide written notice to beneficiaries of the trust and heirs the decedent. This notice must be provided within 60 days from date of death. Information provided is how to contact the Successor Trustee, time limit on a challenge to the trust and how to obtain a copy of the trust.

The exact requirements of this notice are found in California Probate Code Section 16061.7. A trustee who fails to serve the notification as required by Section 16061.7 on a beneficiary is responsible for all damages, attorney’s fees, and costs caused by the failure.

The second step is to obtain a Federal Tax Identification Number by completing Form SS-4. After date of death the decedent estate becomes a separate taxable entity. State and Federal income tax returns must be filed until all assets of the estate are distributed. If the Successor Trustee distributes all the assets of the trust and a tax liability remains, the Successor Trustee may have to personally pay the tax due.

The third step is to file a Preliminary Change of Ownership Report form with the County Recorder. The Successor Trustee avoids personal liability for property tax increases by putting the County on notice of change of ownership in real property due to the death of the decedent. The property tax base is adjusted to market value at date of death.

The fourth step is for the Successor Trustee to file a Parent to Child Exclusion Form with the County Recorder. Death results in a change in ownership which changes the base for property tax. The new base is the market value at date of death. California excludes the first $ 1 million plus the principal residence of the parents in parent-child transfers. The exclusion also applies to grandparent to grandchild transfers.

To obtain the exclusion the Claim for Reassessment Exclusion for Transfer between Parent and Child form must be filed within three years after the date of the transfer to obtain this exclusion. Best administration practices require filing as soon as the Trustee knows the property will be transferred to children or grandchildren of the decedent.

The fifth step is for the Successor Trustee to take control of the real property. To take control the Successor Trustee must file an affidavit of death of trustee in the county where the real estate is located. The affidavit provides the Successor Trustee authority to either sell or transfer the real property.

The sixth step is an ongoing duty to keep an account and periodically provide financial reports to the beneficiaries of the trust. An accounting is needed from the date of death to the final distribution of assets of the trust. An accounting keeps beneficiaries informed and provides transparency in the administration of the trust. An accounting also provides information needed for filing federal and state tax returns for the trust.

The seventh step is to administer the trust in a timely manner and maintain ongoing communication with the beneficiaries. Procrastination is the successor trustees biggest problem. Lack of communication is the next. Beneficiaries become more anxious and hostile as time goes on. The competency and integrity of the successor trustee is questioned. A successor trustee who does little or nothing and who fails to communicate will find himself or herself named as a defendant in a lawsuit.

The services in this press release are provided by Mark W. Bidwell, a California licensed attorney. Services are marketed through websites, primarily DeedAndRecord.com. Office is located at 18831 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 270, Irvine, California 92612. Phone number is 949-474-0961. Email is Mark(at)DeedandRecord(dot)com.