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Growing up in Shillong, India, Hasina Kharbhih learned about human trafficking early on. Bordering on Myanmar, Nepal, and Bangladesh, the area is deeply unstable, and plagued with the desperate poverty that breeds the widespread practice. At one point, Kharbhih’s father housed refugees in their own farmhouse.

“The stories remain etched in my brain,” Kharbhih says. “He did that as a human being and not a social worker....I understood what you can do for human beings.”

Her father's example proved to be an enduring one. Today, Kharbhih’s Impulse NGO Network has created an entirely new model to fight the problem, working with 1,000 nongovernmental organizations ...

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In the weeks since the terrible events in Minneapolis, racial tension has spiked to levels we haven't seen in decades. At times like these, it can seem that racism is irreparable, simply a feature of our existence that must be borne on society's shoulders. But this just isn't so; racism is learned behavior. It can be reversed, through education, community and compassion.

One project that has taken on this important challenge is Imaginary Walls, the feature-length documentary produced by our very own Anita Casalina, founder of Billions Rising. Anita has always been involved in filmmaking, and with this film she explores how one remarkable couple in Oakland, California has been helping people m...

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Today is June 19th, or Juneteenth: the day we commemorate the cessation of slavery in Texas in 1865, two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Demonstrators are holding rallies in towns and cities across the country today to mark the date, which has taken on new significance following the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and the widespread protests that have come in their wake.

Many of the actions taken during the protests have been symbolic, but no less powerful in their own right. In Washington DC, portraits of four former House speakers who served in the Confederacy were taken down. And on early Thursday morning, San Francisco off...

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It has now been nearly three months since widespread lockdowns went into effect across the world in response to the Covid virus. And though these measures have been a colossal disruption to both our lives and our economies, and many still bridle at the restrictions, two new studies show that they were anything but unnecessary. Indeed, they appear to have already saved literally millions of lives.

The studies, conducted by Imperial College London and University of California–Berkeley and published in Nature magazine, show the impact of emergency health measures across 17 different countries. According to Dr. Seth Flaxman, author of the Imperial College study, those measures have saved ov...

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Although things have been changing in recent years, today women still hold less than 7 percent of government leadership roles across the world. Women who do hold such roles get a fair amount of attention however--and since the Covid-19 pandemic began, a number of them have proven to be especially effective in the midst of crisis.

"The news coming out of many countries is striking," said Amie Batson, executive director of WomenLift Health, a nonprofit focused on elevating women in the health sciences. The org recently hosted a webinar on female leadership in the pandemic. "Many of the countries that are doing the best are led by women."

One of those women is Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New...

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As 2016 came to a close, Tani Adewumi was just five years old, and living in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. He and his family lived in a constant state of fear because the terrorist group Boko Harum was very active there; they endured harrowing attacks that eventually forced them to flee the country, their homeland.

The family ended up in a homeless shelter in Manhattan, a desolate berth after such a difficult journey. But it was in New York that young Tani would find something that would change his family's life forever: chess. Today, Tani is a 9-year-old chess phenomenon who has appeared on the Today Show and across the talk show circuit. And unbelievably, he recently moved his family into ...

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Celebrity trappings aside, Chef José Andrés considers himself, above all else, to be a cook. So after a tragic earthquake devastated Haiti, Andrés did what a cook would do: he came up with a plan, and got to work feeding the people displaced by the disaster.

That was back in 2010. Today, in the face of Covid-19, World Central Kitchen has pivoted to safely feeding people in a pandemic. And in a brilliant move intended to support restaurants by helping them to feed the hungry, they've created Restaurants For The People.

Andrés' program has hired workers in Covid-19 hotspots from NYC to the San Francisco Bay area, and identified communities that need food the most. The...

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For the last eight years, TotalLink2 Community has worked with young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, offering a wide range of services promoting employment, independence and durable social connections. They also provide career and vocational services, including support with skill development and job placement. Based in Northbrook, Illinois, the organization's mission is to enhance their community by providing opportunities for these citizens to grow and contribute through social connection, employment and life-long education.

Sadly, the Covid pandemic has put much of this vital organization's regular programming on hold--and like many of us, they've had to pivot to th...

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The founder and CEO of Making Authentic Friendships (MAF), a web-based app that helps kids and adults with special needs to make friends, Juliana Fetherman has always had a uniquely strong motivating force: her younger brother Michael, who was diagnosed with autism and ADHD. Michael struggles with forming friendships, a common problem among those with his diagnosis.

Like many new entrepreneurs, Fetherman faced a steep learning curve when she started out. But she stuck with it, and MAF is currently serving the special needs community in 30 states, 12 countries and 5 continents – and all this from a 23-year-old with no prior business experience.

In the recent Forbes feature, the young entr...

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The concept of mutual aid is a simple one: in difficult times, we should all do what we can to help each other, whether we be friends or strangers. Chances are a lot of you have already seen one of the many spreadsheets out there, lists that compile the contact info of people who'd like to volunteer to help those in need.

A lot of resources have popped up just over the last few weeks alone. One mutual aid group started when Alli McGill, director of care at Washington DC's Table Church, sent out a simple tweet: “If you are in DC and are in the at-risk demographic and need errands run so you can limit exposure — will you email me?”

McGill was amazed when her message was retweet...

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