National/International

Disrupting the Darkness of Modern-Day Slavery

Economic devastation from COVID-19 made 17 young women desperate enough to trust human traffickers. But even a global pandemic couldn’t stop The Exodus Road’s BRAVO team — local operatives who investigate human trafficking crime in India.

In Operation Unify, our operatives in India partnered with 40 local law enforcement officers. They found the 17 survivors, set them free, and arrested the 13 men who had trafficked them from their homes in West Bengal and Bangladesh.

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Throughout her collegiate career, Shandiin Herrera (Navajo Nation) worked to empower her Native campus community at Duke University -- and she hasn't stopped.

Since graduating, Shandiin has dedicated her time advocating for policies that directly impact Native communities with Lead for America and with the Navajo Hopi COVID-19 Relief Fund, which has raised nearly $6 million to support families in the Navajo Nation who were impacted by the pandemic.

You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

The Blind Federation of America, aka National Federation of the Blind (NFB), knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.

We work to provide greater opportunities to blind children and adults across the nation through training programs, advocacy, and mentoring. One of our student scholarship winners shared the importance of finding positive blind role models:

After His Son was KIA, Retired Marine MSGT Finds Comfort Volunteering with Veterans Who Knew His Son Well

A career Marine, firefighter, and father, Mike “Top” Washington, faced the hardest battle of his life when his son, Michael Washington Jr., was killed in action. Following in his father’s boots, his son joined the Marine Corps and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Struck with grief, Top Washington questioned his ability to pull himself from the edge of a bridge. Then, he joined Team Rubicon.