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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Combating International Human Trafficking

FEBRUARY 22, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we explore how to combat conspiracy and human trafficking, highlight the U.S. rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, and recommend a recipe for Purim cookies.

Weekly Episode

On our latest episode — Heather Fischer is a senior advisor for human trafficking in the Philanthropy sector, who most recently served as the first-ever White House special advisor for human trafficking. She joins us to discuss the extent of the problem, what it looks like, and how we can help end trafficking around the world. Moderated by Megan Torrey, CEO.

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Check out The Knoble, a global non-profit network of experts preventing financial crime that harms vulnerable people.

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Weekly Article Roundup

Follow along with the CTWAC staff on this week’s article roundup:

In early February President Biden visited the State Department to announce his foreign policy values, claiming “America is back!”
However, Biden’s value-based strategy is anything but normal

Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has been in office a little over two years, but he has yet to truly make people’s lives better
Even by the standards of a COVID world, Mexico is doing poorly

Last week, the U.S. rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement, reversing Trump’s past decision to remove America from the list
Rejoining is the easy part; see why the climate fight doesn’t end there

In our recent event with Senator Chris Murphy, he spoke about how the United States now relies less on Gulf countries for oil
Read more about this phenomenon and America’s outdated Middle East policy

The United States might need to rethink the geoeconomic tools it employs to combat China’s global interests and strategies
Check out this reflection on failed U.S.-China trade policy and more

Weekly Entertainment


For decades Wendy Lesser’s primary source of information about Scandanavian countries was mystery novels


Off Message

Politico presents Off Message, a podcast that goes behind the scenes with Washington’s power players and policies


Chasing Coral

Coral reefs around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate, so this team goes on a mission to discover why


International Women’s Health and Human Rights

International Women’s Day 2021 is two weeks away, so check out this free course on women around the world



This Thursday marks the beginning of Purim, a joyous Jewish holiday. These triangular cookies are traditionally made to represent the hat worn by Haman in the Book of Esther.

Global Good News

The Untranslatable Word That Connects Wales
“A blend of homesickness, nostalgia and longing, ‘hiraeth’ is a pull on the heart that conveys a distinct feeling of missing something irretrievably lost.” Dive deeper into the history of the word, its meaning and the way it connects a community.
Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

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Image Credits: [1] Heather Fischer: via Heather Fischer; Flight info: Canva[2] Trita Parsi: Quincy Institute[3] Andrés Manuel López Obrador: ProtoplasmaKid via Wikimedia Commons[4] Diver swimming: Chasing Coral cover image[5] Hamantaschen: Alex Lau via Bon Appetit[6] Wales: Image by Benjamin Thomas from Pixabay[7] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer[8] Caroline Schaefer: Amanda Jolly

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