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Mayor Bowser and Chief Lanier: Take Some Action to Save Ariana-Leilani and Other Children in DC

Distinguished columnist Colby King writes that action needs to be taken now on the epidemic of child prostitution and trafficking in the District of Columbia:

“Human trafficking is a cruel and inhumane practice found in countries around the world. So it should come as no surprise that President Obama proclaimed this month National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

“The exploitation and coercion of girls and young women into prostitution, however, is not limited to places overseas.

“Right here in the nation’s capital, our most vulnerable residents — children — are subjected to sex slavery. Their stories don’t make the evening news or even warrant blurbs in your morning paper. But human trafficking is, and has been, a shadowy and seamy part of D.C. life….

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U.S. attorney spokesman Bill Miller told me this week, “Since 2009, about 70 defendants have been prosecuted in [federal and D.C. courts] on charges related to human trafficking . . . including abducting or enticing a child into prostitution.”

“The overwhelming majority of those cases” he added, “resulted in convictions.”

“The U.S. attorney’s office has a large task force and an active outreach program on human trafficking, and is urgently scheduling training sessions with D.C. police and schools. Seven churches are joining the Faith Coalition Against Sex Trafficking in our Nation’s Capital to sponsor a meeting Jan. 30.

“They can’t do it alone.

“Let’s help the president and the prosecutors: Human trafficking is in our region, in the nation’s capital, in your ward, on your block.

“Open your eyes. Don’t look abroad. Look down the street.”

Read more:  Colby King on Child Trafficking in DC

Please sign the petition to Save DC Resident Ariana-Leilani.

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Relisha Rudd: Sold Into Trafficking?

relishaThe Black and Missing Foundation has been assisting the Metropolitan Police Department in the search for Relisha Rudd of Washington DC.     They believe that Relisha, who is similar in age to Ariana-Leilani, is a victim of human trafficking.

“I feel that we’re searching for a live person,” said Derrica Wilson, a former police officer who runs the foundation.

I personally feel that this little girl was sold. I think her mother sold her to Tatum and I think Tatum has sold her in this world wide industry of trafficking,” said the former officer.

This could the case for various, including the fact that Relisha is so young, and a cute kid who was seemingly handed over to her abductor by her own mother.

They added that it’s important to realize Relisha’s appearance may very well have been changed, so, the pictures we’ve seen in recent weeks may not be exactly what we should be looking for.

Natalie Wilson said Relisha could have shorter hair or may be dressed like a little boy, so it’s important take an extra look at every child you come across.

Read More: Relisha Sold Into Trafficking

The US Must Respect Human Rights, Stop Spying on Its Allies and Sign the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The recent revelations of US spying on allied leaders is part of a greater public relations problem of the US: appearing to exempt itself from the rules that apply to other countries.

The moral authority of the US is at an all time low, and the diminished view is, for the most part, the fault of the US itself.   Its failure to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) exemplifies the problem and is having detrimental life threatening effect on children in the US.

The US helped draft the UN CRC and even signed it when it was originally adopted.  However, after 20 years the US is the only developed country that has not ratified it.    The failure of the US to provide life saving medicine to dual citizen, German-American Ariana-Leilani after six years of suffering is a direct consequence of the US failure to respect the international rights of children living within its borders.

It is time for the US to respect 10 year old Ariana-Leilani’s rights and for the US to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  It is time for the US to join the rest of the world.

Join the thousands of others who have signed the petition urging President Obama to immediately take action to save Ariana-Leilani and to ratify the UNCRC.

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Sign the Petition to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington

Injustice in DC Must Be Eliminated

Injustice in DC Must Be Eliminated

Fifty years ago today, the civil rights movement convened hundreds of thousands on the mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial to raise awareness and push for equal rights for all Americans.  Fifty years later, we stand today with laws that ban discrimination on the basis of the color of a person’s skin.  However, that is not enough.

The United States still has not adopted any federal laws guaranteeing children their rights.  The USA has still been the only holdout in ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

10 Year old African-American Ariana-Leilani is still being treated as property,right in the shadows of the Lincoln Memorial.   Treated as subhuman, she is still being denied her right to life saving medicine and medical care.

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Ariana-Leilani

The District of Columbia government stands idly by and does nothing to help her.   It is ironic that the very persons speaking at today’s event, including Mayor Gray and President Obama, hold the keys to her proper treatment.   They will speak of the fight that we must continue for civil rights.   But, their actions speak louder than their words.   Send them a message, to walk the walk, and don’t just talk the talk.

Sign the petition to help save Ariana-Leilani.

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For me, the speech is specifically about the recognition that all of us are human beings, that we all have human rights and all of our human rights are equal. It doesn’t matter where you live, how you live, who you love, who your family is, how much money you have, we all start out being human beings. And to me, Martin Luther King was quite poignant in the fact that he was able to give that speech and allow people to see what he was talking about, that he was actually referring to our future in seeing children walking hand in hand.

Mayor Gray Speaks About Dr. King’s Fight for Rights, But What About Those of 10 Year Old Ariana-Leilani

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In his remarks on WTOP on August 11, 2013, Mayor Gray reminisced about when he was a college student at George Washington University, and how he participated in Dr. King’s March on Washington for civil rights.   He said:

I consider it to be the greatest speech ever because Dr. King successfully appealed to Americans of all backgrounds to live up to the promises on which our country was founded – that all human beings are created equal, and that we deserve equal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Ariana-Leilani is a 10 year old German African American living in Ward 3, just blocks from Mayor Gray’s office on Pennsylvania Avenue.    We wish he would act on his stated beliefs and make a reality “equal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for Ariana-Leilani.   Assuring her rights is within his power;  Mayor Gray needs to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s March on Washington, please sign Ariana-Leilani’s Petition:

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Obama Speaks Out On Human Rights: It is Time to Defend Ariana-Leilani’s Rights, too.

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In an interview on the Jay Leno show, President Obama stated:

Well, I’ve been very clear that when it comes to universal rights, when it comes to people’s basic freedoms, that whether you are discriminating on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, you are violating the basic morality that I think should transcend every country.  And I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.

Doesn’t 10 Year Old Ariana-Leilani, who lives in Washington DC’s Ward 3, have a right to life saving medical care?   Stop the discrimination against Ariana-Leilani.  Let’s stop the violation of her rights.

Read more: President Obama on Leno Show

After Five years, Washington DC Government Has Done Nothing to Help Ariana-Leilani

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Click to read the 2011 Letter to Mayor Vince Gray About Ariana-Leilani’s Plight

Ariana-Leilani lives in the Palisades Section, Ward 3, of Washington DC.   When the German government wrote to the US State Department begging them to come to the aid of Ariana-Leilani, the US State Department turned that request over the the District of Columbia because the US State Department believed that the District of Columbia had the authority to take action. Despite the fact that Ariana-Leilani goes to the Francis Scott Key School (Dana Place) in the DC Public School system, Washington DC — under the “leadership” of Mayor Vince Gray — has refused to take any action claiming itself to be a toothless tiger — claiming it lacked authority to do anything. (Read the letter to Mayor Vince Gray Concerning the plight of Ariana-Leilani)

Mayor Gray’s regrettable attitude has made many sorry they supported his election to the post of Mayor.   Washington DC has, unfortunately, become a cesspool of child abuse, with a CPS that is so incompetent that it has been under federal court monitor for over 20 years, and has been run by individuals, like Roque Gerald and James Toscano, with sex offense records.image of graph