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    The Human Trafficking Commission: Michigan’s Effort to Combat Domestic Human Trafficking

     

    Human trafficking in the state of Michigan has become an ever growing problem, related to both labor and sexual exploitation. However, of all trafficking cases reported in 2015, sex trafficking was most prevalent in almost 85% of those reported. Regardless of the type of trafficking, Michigan has seen a year to year increase in the number of reported case. The state now has the second highest rates of sex trafficking in the country (only behind Nevada).


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    Religious Freedom or Religious Intolerance? A History of Elliot Larson and The Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    The Elliot Larson Civil Rights Act was created to ban discrimination of individuals in the areas of employment, housing, use of public accommodation, public services and education. While this act covered many different people when it was first written in 1976, it does not include any protections for LGBT individuals. Since 2005 there have been several bills proposed to add LGBT protections to the Elliot Larson Civil Rights Act, none of which have made it out of committee.

     

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    Improving Michigan’s Childcare, Improving Michigan’s Economy

    The cost and quality of childcare in the United States can place a huge burden on families and the economy. In some states, a year of childcare for one child is often more expensive than a year of college tuition.[1] Issues with quality also arise, as childcare workers are paid very poorly and are not trained properly. These workers often do not have any expertise in child development, which can make a massive difference in the quality of a childcare provider.  While a few states have taken cert

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    The Impact of Unilateral No-Fault Divorce Laws: A Look at U.S Divorce Trends & Michigan’s Families

    The divorce rates in the United States vastly increased from 2.2 per thousand people in 1960 to 5.0 in 1985 (Friedberg, 608, 1998). This was a stable trend that has only started to decline in the 1990’s. Similarly, the state of Michigan witnessed a rise in the divorce rate in the 1960’s from 16, 656 divorces in 1960 to 29,934 divorces by 1970 (Population, MDCH, 2013). From 1970-1980, divorces in the state of Michigan continued to rise until peaking in 1980 with 45,047 divorces (Population, MDCH,

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    Effects of New Abortion Restrictions

    In March, Governor Snyder signed a bill that would not allow insurance companies to provide policies that included abortions as a standard feature. Instead, they would have to sell an additional rider to their policies that would cover abortions. These riders are not offered on individual plans, but rather for small and large group employer plans. Though the measure was signed into law in March of this year, women generally did not see a change in their insurance policy until they had the opt

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