As unaccompanied migrant children continue to stream across the U.S.-Mexican border in what’s been called a humanitarian crisis, attention is being drawn again to the global issue of human trafficking. Analysts estimate that as many as 27 million people are trafficked globally each year, many falling prey as they try to escape the same kinds of desperate circumstances the migrant children face in their home countries. People of faith are working to combat trafficking and help its victims.
Religious freedom has become the broad catchphrase in today’s biggest culture war issues. The Obama administration’s contraception mandate is the latest example, as the Supreme Court ruled June 30 in favor of Hobby Lobby and another corporation that wanted to opt out of birth control coverage.
Read a June 10, 2013, article from the Associated Press (posted by the Huffington Post) about the federal government’s decision to comply with a New York state judge’s ruling on the Plan B contraceptive. While the Obama administration pushed to make 15 the minimum age at which a female could purchase Plan B without a prescription, the New York ruling eliminated age minimums entirely in the state for the contraceptive.
The Institute of Halal Investing in Portland, Ore., can provide an Islamic perspective on microfinance and development assistance. It is associated with Rubicon Global, a halal financial advisory firm.