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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….


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.


Girl With Rare Blood Disorder Works to Inspire Others

Kara Loader is just like any sixth grade girl. She’s been playing the violin for seven years, loves softball, and says she’s really good at school. She’s a huge Taylor Swift fan, and she has a lot of friends. But something sets Kara apart from her friends and classmates, though it’s nothing you’d be able to see on the outside.

11-year-old Kara has been battling severe congenital neutropenia since birth. Neutropenia is a rare blood disorder, meaning her body doesn’t make enough neutrophils in her white blood cells. So when Kara gets sick, or even gets a cut, her body may not fight off the infection as quickly. 

Kara has to be extra cautious and carry a medical kit with her at school, and when she gets really sick, Kara visits a hematology and oncology specialist at the Cleveland Clinic. She takes a shot of neupogen every day, which helps her build her neutrophils. However, she has to watch how much she takes, because the drug increases the risk of developing leukemia.

Kara has become a bit of a celebrity of her own in the neutropenia community. She said her video inspired a woman in her 30’s to talk about the disorder for the first time .”She always thought that it wasn’t okay, like, it wasn’t normal to tell people that you actually have it. And she said that my video actually gave her the courage to tell it to other people,” Kara said.

Kara said she has one message for anyone else battling neutropenia: “I would tell them everything’s going to be okay.” Kara and her family remain in contact with families they have encountered in the hospitals and at a yearly conference for neutropenia.

Ariana-Leilani also has suffered from neutropenia.   Sign her petition to assure she gets proper treatment and protection from abuse.

Read more: Kara Loader


Congressional Briefing on the Failure of Family Courts, Placing Children with Abusive Parents

Dr. Joy Silberg and Others Expose Corrupt Practices of the Family Courts in Abuse Cases

  • 75 percent of all contested custody cases involve abuse of children
  • Court’s fail to recognize the rights of children to live free of abuse
  • Epidemic across the United States
  • Visit http://www.courageouskids.net 
  • It takes on average 5 years to turn around abuse cases
  • Learn about actual cases where abusive parents were given custody and they ultimately killed the child — even when the abusive parent was not the birth parent of the child
  • Turn about occurs most often when a new evaluation is done by a qualified evaluators
  • CPS findings were irrelevant to the outcome
  • The GALs almost exclusively signed with the abusive parent
  • CPS agencies teach their social workers to discount the evidence of abuse when there is a custody dispute
  • Its about the rights of the child, not about the rights of the parents.
  • Abuse is in the news every day; many criminal activities are carried out by children who were abused — we are all affected.
  • Costs 500 billion dollars per year in taxpayer money

Documentary “Small Cries;” The Real Ariana-Leilani Story


Please sign the petition to save Ariana-Leilani today!

Short Video Documentary “Small Cries”; A DC American Tragedy

The Save Ariana-Leilani Coalition is pleased to announce the world wide release of the video documentary “Small Cries.”    The six minute documentary tells the story of how the “child protection” systems in the United States are failing, and how Ariana-Leilani is a victim of that failure.  This short and compelling documentary features exclusive interviews, including an interview with Dr. Joy Silberg, who speaks of the error in judgment that many child protective services make in certain abuse and neglect cases.   Very educational and inspiring, and Ireneo Namboka, an international human rights advocate and former UN official.

Definitely a “two thumbs up” “must see” documentary.

Watch the video, sign the petition, save a life:

Documentary “Small Cries;” The Real Ariana-Leilani Story

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UN Universal Children’s Day: Its Time the USA Joined the Rest of World and Ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Today, 20 November 2013 We Celebrate the  24th year of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

All of the other countries of the world (192 in all) have ratified the convention recognizing that children have rights.  the USA is the only developed country left that has  not signed that convention and recognized children’s rights.

Even though the USA helped draft the convention and signed it 20 years ago, the USA has reneged on its commitment to the children and the international community by not ratifying the convention.

Isn’t it time to keep the promise to the world’s children who visit and live in the USA to assure that they have recognized rights. Isn’t it time to ratify the UNCRC.

The UNCRC is for all the world’s children.

#weneeddiversebooks Buy a Children’s Book, Help Heal a Child — “The Day the Sun Promised to Smile FOREVER!,” (Day 12 of 19 Days of Activism)

The Day the Sun Promised to Smile Forever for Ariana-Leilani

Get a Great Children’s Book for the children in your life, and help heal a child.  “The Day the Sun Promised to Smile FOREVER!,” tells the story of the Sun who forgets why he is so important for others, and only finds out when he encounters Little Leilani.   After going to the North, South, East and West, to look for a place to rest, the Sun finally joined the children at the Big Sun Dance Festival. The storyteller gathered everybody for a special story about a special girl called “Leilani”. Sadly Leilani is unwell and the one thing that makes her feel better is waking up in the morning to look at the big bright yellow Sun. The Sun was very sad to hear about the story of Leilani and promised to smile FOREVER and NEVER to be grumpy again. So that when Leilani and other little boys and girls feel sad or unwell, they can look at the big bright yellow Sun and know that the angels are there watching over them!

The book is beautifully illustrated by Conny Hermann, with the words of poetry by Dumi Senda.

Sales of the book go to benefit the children’s camps of Innocence in Danger.  Innocence in Danger (IID) is one of the largest privately funded non-governmental organisations (NGO) in the world. With a presence in six countries – Switzerland, France, Germany, the USA, the UK and Colombia – IID provides legal, medical and social services to victims and their parents. In addition, IID concentrates on fostering real political change and awareness through its many advocacy and lobbying activities.

Order online today: “The Day the Sun Promised to Smile FOREVER!”   Also available in German.*

Dedicated to Ariana-Leilani, by Dumi Senda and Conny Hermann, for the Benefit of Innocense in Danger Children’s Camps.

You can be the “Sun” for Ariana-Leilani to help make her better by signing her petition, today:


Der Tag an dem die Sonne versprach für IMMER zu lachen- Fur Ariana-Leilani

Innocence In Danger Switzerland

Dumi Senda / Conny Herrmann

Die Sonne war nie zu einem Lachen aufgelegt. Jedes Mal, wenn es Zeit war aufzugehen, beschwerte sie sich…: Fur Ariana-Leilani

Nachdem sie im Norden, Süden, Osten und Westen einen Platz zum Ausruhen suchte, traff die Sonne schließlich die Kinder im Big Sun Dance Festival. Der Erzähler versammelt alle für eine besondere Geschichte über ein besonderes Mädchen namens “Leilani”. Leider Leilani fühlt sich nicht wohl und die eine Sache, die ihr hilft sich besser zu fühlen, ist beim Aufwachen am Morgen auf die große helle gelbe Sonne zu schauen. Die Sonne war sehr traurig über die Geschichte von Leilani und versprach, IMMER zu lächeln und NIE wieder mürrisch zu sein. So dass, wenn Leilani und andere kleine Jungen und Mädchen traurig sind oder sich unwohl fühlen, können sie rauf zur großen leuchtend gelben Sonne schauen und wissen, dass die Engel da sind und über sie wachen!

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Innocence in Danger: Leading the Fight Against Abuse All Over the World (Day 6 of the 19 Days of Activism)

Innocence In Danger is an international, non-profit organization created by a group of Citizens on 15 April 1999, at the initiative of the UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor and under the presidency of Ms Homayra Sellier, in response to the recommendations of the UNESCO expert meeting convened in January 1999 on Sexual Abuse of Children, Child Pornography and Paedophilia on the Internet, in order to Pursue the objective of the Action Plan ADOPTED by the experts to fight sexual abuse of children.

Stephanie Guttenberg, wife of German Defense M...

Stephanie Guttenberg, wife of German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, speaks at the Frankfurt Book Fair about her book Schaut nicht weg! (Don’t Look Away!), which addresses the issue of sexual abuse of children in Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Innocence in Danger Operates in 29 countries throughout the world, with partners that share the same objective. IID brings together activists, Internet specialists, jurists, political decision-makers, businessmen, media and national groups to share sensitise world opinion on the increasing problems of paedo-criminality.

Innocence in Danger represents an action forces to sensitize and catalyze, educate and inform Governmental and non-Governmental bodies, European International and Intergovernmental bodies, business enterprises, and the general public – schools, community associations, the youth.

Innocence in Danger has supported the effort to help save Ariana-Leilani.  Won’t you?  Please sign her petition:

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19 Days of Activism for prevention of abuse and violence against children and youth 1-19 November

19daysThe 19 Days Campaign is a WWSF initiative launched in 2011 by the Children-Youth Section and sponsored by the Women’s World Summit Foundation – WWSF and other partners.

As a multi-issue coalition of diverse partners using the 19 Days Campaign as an organizing strategy in the fight against at least one of the 19 abuse/violence issues presented in the list of campaign themes, you help create a world fit for children by:

  • Raising public awareness of the multi-faceted problem of abuse and violence
  • Mobilizing agents for change, organizations, institutions and grassroots faith-based groups
  •  Educating for better prevention measures
  •  Strengthening local, national and international initiatives
  •  Establishing collaboration with other campaign partners
  •  Creating support at the national, regional and international level
  •  Linking prevention with the Convention on the rights of the child and the UN Study on violence against children
  •  Lobbying governments to implement UN Study recommendations and in particular “prioritize prevention”

Aims of the 19 Days Campaign

Continue to bring to light the alarming problem, its multifaceted aspects and the need to generate sufficient civil society interest and government and public support for better prevention measures

Catalyze grassroots support for the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children – SRSG VAC

Create new synergies at all levels between diverse actors (youth included) to empower the international community in its commitment to eliminating violence against children and youth

The 19 Campaign themes

  • Sale of children (2013 main theme)
  • Child prostitution (2013 main theme)
  • Child pornography (2013 main theme)
  • Children involved in armed conflict
  • Sexual abuse
  • Bullying
  • Neglect
  • Child labor
  • Corporal punishment (2011 main theme)
  • Child trafficking
  • Child sex tourism
  • Harmful traditional practices
  • Street children
  • Discrimination based on health conditions
  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Malnutrition
  • Dangers of ICTs
  • Abduction
  • Juvenile death penalty

Ariana-Leilani is being abused and neglected.  As a result, she suffers from Severe Chronic Neutropenia — where her neutrophil levels are at life threatening low levels making her prone to fatal infection.   She needs medicine to control her condition.  Please sign her petition:

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

Official photographic portrait of US President...

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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Great Children’s Book: “The Day the Sun Promised to Smile FOREVER!,” Dedicated to Ariana-Leilani


Get a Great Children’s Book for the children in your life.  “The Day the Sun Promised to Smile FOREVER!,” tells the story of the Sun who forgets why he is so important for others, and only finds out when he encounters Little Leilani.

The book is beautifully illustrated by Conny Hermann, with the words of poetry by Dumi Senda.

Order online today: (ENGLISH)  OR GERMAN

The Day the Sun Promised to Smile Forever for Ariana-Leilani
Dedicated to Ariana-Leilani, by Dumi Senda and Conny Hermann, for the Benefit of Innocense in Danger Children’s Camps.
You can be the “Sun” for Ariana-Leilani to help make her better by signing her petition, today:


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