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The University of Georgia is creating a new center focused on global human trafficking.

The Center on Human Trafficking Research and Outreach will be housed in the School of Social Work and headed up by Professor David Okech. Faculty members, researchers, and students from a wide swath of disciplines will also participate.

Here’s Okech, speaking to WUGA in late 2019.

"And this exploitation can mean the sectors of labor or the sex industry, but it is basically having control and power over somebody else."

The Athens Clarke County Legislative Review Committee will meet tomorrow at 1PM. An important item on the agenda includes a nondiscrimination ordinance.

During the meeting, the Legislative Review Committee will examine opportunities for local civil rights legislation.

Chair of the Legislative Review Committee and District 4 Commissioner Allison Wright says a major component of improving the county's nondiscrimination ordinance involves better communication practices.

Three new writers will be inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame this fall.

Included is Jericho Brown, the director of the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta who won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his third collection, “The Tradition.”

Among them are also novelist and playwright Pearl Cleage, who currently serves as Distinguished Artist in Residence at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, and Atlanta-born Clarence Major, author of 16 collections of poetry, 11 novels, and two collections of short stories.

Sidhartha C. Wakade

A plan to give Georgia state workers, teachers, and university employees three weeks of paid parental leave has passed the General Assembly. The House voted Monday to agree to changes to House Bill 146 made by the Senate, sending it to Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature or veto.

District 117 Representative Houston Gaines was one of the sponsors.

Civil Rights Groups have filed a third federal lawsuit in response to the recent Georgia State House bill S.B. 202.

This lawsuit alleges that S.B. 202 Violates Section 2 of the voting rights act and infringes on the rights of Georgians under the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and First Amendments to the US Constitution.

“S.B. 202 is unconscionable. It is the latest iteration of Georgia’s ongoing record of racial discrimination in voting."

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