Here’s Why Nevada Is Not Safe for Women

Written by Melissa Holland and Laila Mickelwait Forty-eight years ago prostitution was legalized in Nevada and as a result, Nevada has developed into a breeding ground for sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. In fact, Nevada has the highest rate of prostitution in the country—its illegal sex trade is 63% higher than the next highest state. It…

What Does All This Mean? Series

Article One: A Simple Breakdown of the Jeffrey Epstein Case By Shontell Brewer In a recent interview with Yasmin Vafa of Rights4Girls, interviewer Lisa Desjardins of PBS NewsHour posed a thought. “I’m wondering how much of this is in plain sight, the problem of child trafficking. How much of this is a cultural kind of…

Ignorance Is Bliss?

By Shontell Brewer Your Words Could Bring An End To Sex Trafficking, Or Perpetuate It             One of the simplest ways we can prevent child sex trafficking is held in the power of our tongue. Every day, we can be listening deeper to the words we use and the misconceptions we perpetuate that we’ve brought…

An Interview with Awaken Interns

As the school year has come to an end, Awaken has said goodbye to six of our spring interns and welcomed four new summer interns! These students are a vital part of the Awaken team, and every semester it’s tough to say goodbye. Both staff and clients become close to them. During the spring semester,…