Dear Reader: Love and Light

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According to a study by Global Slavery Index, there are estimated to be 1,091,000 individuals in the United States in modern slavery—3.3 victims for every 1,000 people in the country. Let that sink in: More people are trafficked in the United States than there are residents of the state of Wyoming. 

Click here for Mark Pattison’s article on the Alliance to End Human Trafficking and the critical work they do. It’s an article that is as timely as it is telling—with the Super Bowl held this month in Las Vegas, Nevada, trafficking numbers will surely spike. But it’s a year-round problem in this country with far reach. “Trafficking happens in every zip code,” says Katie Boller Gosewisch, the Alliance’s executive director. That means it’s happening in our own communities. You can learn more about them at 

I’d also like to welcome one of our newest authors, Dr. Ansel Augustine, who wrote the article “The Gift of Diversity.” Dr. Augustine’s work with the vulnerable of New Orleans is both awe-inspiring and deeply moving. We hope you enjoy this issue. 

St. Teresa of Calcutta once said: “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” This magazine is our humble attempt to bring love and light into an often dark world. We’re glad you’re with us on the journey. 


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