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Shyima Hall Shares Her Story of Survival.

Shyima Hall has been in the news before, for becoming a naturalized citizen in 2011.  She is currently in the news for writing her own story.  She has written a book, Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave.  

Shyima was sold into slavery by her parents at 8 years old, approximately 2 years later, the family she was sold to smuggled her into the United States.  She lived in their garage and worked for the family, including children her own age, from morning until night, for as long as they needed her.  2 years later, a neighbor called authorities because they saw Shyima working but not going to school.  She has stayed in the United States, graduated high school, become a citizen and wishes to become a law enforcement officer.

This is human trafficking.  Many people think only of sex trafficking, but human trafficking can also include anyone who is forced into performing labor or services against their will.

Watch an interview with Ms. Hall at http://live.huffingtonpost.co…

Transitions' 27th Annual Auction Save the Date

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Say Yes to Advocacy!  Say Yes to Education! Say Yes to Shelter!  

Say No More to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Please save the date for Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 for Transitions 27th Annual Auction at Susquehanna University.
Hors d'oeurves & Silent Auction begin at 6:00 p.m.
Wine Balloon Sale throughout the evening.
Live Auction, Dessert Dash, and Raise the Paddle begin at 7:15 p.m.
Dancing & Fun begin at 8:30 p.m. 

Update on PFC LaVena Johnson, Questions Still Unanswered

We mentioned this victim a while ago on our blog, and wanted to give you an update following a blog posted on The Huffington Post.  I would strongly encourage you to read their blog, as it is more thoroughly researched and reported than this.  Unfortunately, nothing had changed since our last posting.  The family still has no answers, and continue to exhaust all their resources. Although there is not much new to report of their journey, I think it is important to continue to talk about LaVena.  Her loss is in the news for a short time, but this family has lost her forever and misses her...forever.  I would like to add our voice to others calling for a Bill of Rights for Bereaved Military Families.  There has been a Victims of Crime Act since 1984, and specifically, a Crime Victims' Rights Act since only 2004. Currently the Crime Victims' Rights Act specifically states that if the victim is deceased:
"the legal guardians of the crime victim or the representatives of the cri…

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Did you know that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month?  Not only has our President declared it as such, the Northumberland, Union, and Snyder County Commissioners have also.

While unfortunately, trafficking happens every day, in the light and in the dark by known and unknown perpetrators, January is an appropriate time to think about trafficking in light of the National Football League schedule.  It has been said, by the Attorney General of Texas, that the Super Bowl is the single largest human trafficking incident.  Although this has been argued by others to be untrue, I am glad that at least the media is covering this topic.  At least people are realizing that humans are being trafficked for nefarious reasons and against their will.  Did you see the video we posted about awareness at the Final Four?  I would agree with Rachel Lloyd that trafficking happens much more in the dark, not during publicly recognized times of risk, but if it takes large scale …

Revamped Website!

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In an effort to increase our name recognition and to more aptly communicate the work that we are doing, we have changed our website from www.svwit.org to www.transitionsofpa.org

The entire website has been revamped, thanks to some students enrolled in Bucknell University's Marketing Innovation and Design class.

The website now includes a section for Survivor Stories.  If you are interested in sharing your story, please email heather_o@transitionsofpa.org.  

If you use email to communicate to staff members, please know that we have also changed our email addresses from @svwit.org to @transitionsofpa.org

Thanks again to the many people who worked to improve our website, and I would encourage you to check it out!  

www.transitionsofpa.org