Police Believe Missing Teen is a Victim of Human Trafficking
Monday, November 20, 2017

Nineteen-year-old Corinna Slusser was last seen in Queens, where she had been living with a 32-year-old man. Police now suspect that the man is part of a human trafficking ring, and Corinna’s family fears that she has been kidnapped and moved out of New York City. Human trafficking may sound like something that only happens in the movies, but it’s a real and serious issue around the world. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims of trafficking, and many traffickers find their victims close to home. .. read more..

Teen Uses Senior Portrait to Spread Awareness About Alopecia
Monday, November 13, 2017

Like most graduating seniors, Madisyn Babcock wanted her senior portrait to be special. However, she didn’t expect that her photos would go viral. Earlier this year, Babcock lost her hair due to alopecia, an autoimmune disease that usually affects the scalp but can affect the rest of the body as well. Instead of covering her head for her photos, she decided to paint her scalp with colorful flowers to show that she had “blossomed into the person I’m supposed to be.” Babcock hopes that her photos will spread awareness about alopecia and help people realize that everyone is beautiful in their own unique way. .. read more..

“I just wanted an emoji of me.”
Monday, November 6, 2017

Rayouf Alhumedhi, a 15-year-old Saudi girl, was creating a group chat with her friends and realized that she couldn’t find an emoji of a woman wearing a hijab (the headscarf worn by some Muslim women). Alhumedhi tried contacting Apple, but soon took matters into her own hands. She created an online campaign to explain the importance of having a hijab emoji for Muslim countries. She also created models of what the emoji would look like and submitted them to the Unicode Consortium, the organization that approves all new emojis. Apple accepted Alhumedhi’s proposal and her hijab emoji was included in a new collection of characters released over the summer. Alhumedhi hopes that the emoji will promote tolerance and “establish that notion that we are normal people carrying out daily routines just like you.” .. read more..

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