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North Carolina is among the top 10 states with the highest number of reported human trafficking cases, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Experts say the number of major interstates that cross through the state, the large agricultural population, and the stateâs strategic location along the East Coast contribute to the issue. Host Frank Stasio talks with legal experts, victim services advocates, and a law enforcement officer about human trafficking in the state. Victim-services advocates Karen Arias of Western North Carolina Human Trafficking Rapid Response Team and Mamie Adams, coordinator of Working to End Sex Trafficking in North Carolina, discuss the experiences and challenges faced by trafficking survivors in the state. Major Richard Hoffman of the Raleigh Police Department talks about the role of law enforcement in investigating and stopping human trafficking, and his work on trafficking cases. And Caitlin Ryland from Legal Aid of North Carolina talks
The year is coming to an end, and âThe State of Thingsâ staff is taking a moment to reflect on some of the yearâs most memorable conversations. Producer Anita Raoâs favorite segments include a conversation commemorating Yusor Abu-Salha, one of the three Muslim students shot and killed in Chapel Hill in February. Rao also chose a piece that explores body image, fat shaming, and the social history of womenâs bodies. She also picked a segment that shares the stories of three Latina women who work as house cleaners in Durham, and one that looks at how domestic violence impacted one coupleâs life and relationship. She ends the hour talking about a conversation with Avett Brothersâ Cellist Joe Kwon. Host Frank Stasio talks with Producer Anita Rao about her favorite conversations of the year.
This is a rebroadcast of a program that aired earlier this year. CJ Scarlet is an entrepreneur who believes that technology can curb violence. She founded the company 10 for Humanity that aims to use emerging technology to reduce acts of crime and violence by 10 percent in the next decade, starting with the Tiger Eye Sensor, a wearable personal security device that will record video footage and call the police when a wearer yells âhelp.â Scarletâs personal and professional experiences have informed the design and implementation of this sensor. She survived multiple assaults in her adolescence and early adulthood and has worked with victims of crime and assault for two decades, as a victims advocate and as the director of victimâs issues at the North Carolina Attorney Generalâs Office. She is full of unexpected stories, ranging from her experience as a firefighter to her day-to-day life as a photojournalist for the Marine Corps. Host Frank Stasio talks to CJ Scarlet about her life, work
A Family Justice Center is opening today in downtown Greensboro and will offer a variety of services. The new building will provide several types of support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. Those services include law enforcement, legal, medical and social assistance. Center Director Catherine Johnson said it is a benefit that the building is a one-stop spot for people dealing with these issues. "The fact that we can offer (these services) makes the citizen much more likely to engage in that process, because they feel like, 'Oh hey, waitâinstead of me going to twenty different disciplines, those disciplines are all coming to me, and I just sit in the same office and respond,'" Johnson said. "It just makes that safety planning process much more effective." Guilford County had the stateâs highest number of domestic-violence-related deaths in 2013. North Carolina also has family justice centers in Alamance County and Henderson County.
Allison Leotta was a federal sex-crimes prosecutor in Washington D.C. for more than a decade. Every day when she came home from work, she would think to herself, âI canât believe what I saw todayâŚsomeone should write about this.â She began writing in the mornings before work and at night when she got home. In 2011, Leotta left the Justice Department to write full-time. She has now written four novels about a prosecutor named Anna Curtis, and people often refer to Leotta as âthe female John Grisham.â Host Frank Stasio talks to Allison Leotta about her latest novel âA Good Killingâ (Simon&Schuster 2015) and how she turns her real-life courtroom experience into fictional drama. Leotta reads from her book at Barnes & Noble in Cary tonight at 7 p.m. Leotta grew up with the legal system in her blood. Her father worked as a federal prosecutor in Detroit, and she followed in his footsteps after attending Harvard Law School. Her husband was also a federal prosecutor in Baltimore. Though