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January 15, 2020

In 1923, suffragist Alice Stokes Paul began a movement to amend the Constitution with 22 simple words: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” This proposed amendment was proposed in Congress by t...

January 8, 2020

In large cities, small towns and mid-size suburbs across the United States, women, children and men live in modern day slavery.  Human trafficking affects hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S.   Through fraud, coercion or force, individuals may be made to work in...

January 1, 2020

Domestic and sexual violence, stalking, harassment, and other forms of abuse and crime can affect anyone — and any family. After more than 40 years working with victims of all types of violence, we know that no one is immune from these types of crimes — no matter their...

December 18, 2019

Every few months, another social media post about a narrow miss from a potential human trafficking situation goes viral.  It may be a mom in Target who writes about how a stranger followed her around the store, looking to snatch her and/or her kids, or a woman who got...

December 9, 2019

When you think of the holidays, the thoughts of home and family may come to mind.  For many people, December is a time of joy, and of coming together to celebrate.  Unfortunately, this isn’t true for everyone — but there are ways that we can help make someone’s holiday...

December 4, 2019

In late November, Ruth George, a 19 year old student at the University of Illinois at Chicago was brutally murdered by a stranger as she walked to her car in a parking garage. Her killer had called out to her — catcalling her — and was angry that she had ignored him an...

November 27, 2019

As we look forward to gathering with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, we can’t help but be filled with gratitude.  At Blackburn Center, we are so thankful for each and every one of you and how you have supported our mission.

The work that we do is...

November 20, 2019

In November, we celebrate Native American Heritage Month.  While this represents an incredible opportunity to discuss the many contributions made by Native Americans and Native Alaskans, it also gives us a chance to talk about how far our country has to go in treating...

November 13, 2019

November is Native American Heritage Month, an opportunity to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. There are many ways to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, from reading Native American folk tales to learning about the role of Nat...

November 6, 2019

In fall 2017, millions of Americans took to social media to share a simple but effective hashtag: #MeToo.  The meaning was simple: I, too, am a survivor.  I have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual harassment.  I am speaking out and telling my story.

Whi...

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