Social Media Posts Warn Drivers of Tactics Used by Human Traffickers

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By Alexandra Reboredo

Parents send their children off to school, expecting them to return home with knowledge and new friendships. But, some don’t return at all. It’s the chilling reality that no parent expects.

Human trafficking is an issue in the United States with about 100,000 cases reported each year. Florida accounts for about 400 of those cases. Overall, only one percent of sexual trafficking victims are identified. Of these trafficking victims, most common cases are usually associated with women.

Related: Teenage Sex Trafficking Happens, And It Happens Often

“What people don’t know is that about half of sexually trafficked teenagers are boys,” said Nathan Earl, founder of Ark of Freedom, a nonprofit anti-trafficking organization.

In order to combat these numbers, organizations like Ark of Freedom, Project GOLD, and Refuge for Women, make efforts to raise awareness on signs of trafficking.

For example, Jorge Veitia, the executive director of Life…

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What Is Happening to the Affordable Care Act

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By Daylin Delgado

President Donald Trump has been opposed to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes known as Obamacare, since the beginning of the campaign trail.One of his main goals as president has been to repeal and revise it, calling the revision the American Health Care Act.

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), the revision would cut federal deficits by $337 billion over the next nine years. The total would amount from $323 billion in on-budget savings and $13 billion in off-budget savings.

Most appealing to many Republicans is the amount of money that would be saved in the reduction of Medicaid expenses, however, there would also be an increased number of uninsured people in the United States.

The CBO and JCT estimated that 14 million people would go uninsured by 2018, and those numbers would rise to 52 million by 2026—…

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MDCPS Superintendent Carvalho Promises to Stand with Undocumented Students

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By Alexandra Reboredo

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho promised safety to all students in the district, reassuring students who felt scared of immigration enforcement.

“On behalf of every single kid in this community, over my dead body will any federal entity enter our schools to take immigration actions against our kids,” he said to CBS Local News.

During his visit on March 17 to Miami Lakes Educational Center, he said: “Number one, I have your back. I, too, am an immigrant.”

Carvalho stands with the thousands of immigrants—documented and undocumented—throughout Miami-Dade.

“At one point in this community, I was not a documented immigrant. So, I know the journey. I know the peril. I know the threat. I know the challenge. I know the fear.”

After President Trump threatened to remove funding from “sanctuary” cities, Miami-Dade County took quick action, becoming the first county to derail their sanctuary status…

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The History of St. Patrick’s Day

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By Alexandra Reboredo

On March 17, people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day—the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death. For over 1,000 years, the Irish have seen this day as a religious holiday, as Irish families traditionally attend church in the mornings and celebrate in the afternoon.

St. Patrick’s Day, which takes place during the Christian season of Lent, is usually heavily celebrated across the world. Lenten prohibitions, like the prohibitions of meat, were waived so that people can dance, drink, and eat traditional Irish foods—Irish bacon and cabbage.

The holiday is based off Saint Patrick, the apostle—Jesus’ disciple—of Ireland, who lived during the fifth century. Born in Roman Britain, Saint Patrick was captured and brought to Ireland as a slave at 16 years of age. Later, he escaped but returned to Ireland and was most well-known for bringing Christianity to its people.

Following his death, his mythology was ingrained into Irish culture…

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Of a Twelve Part Series: Taurus

Doe eyes, wild hair, overwhelming personality: all attributes of a Taurus.

They don’t know they’re doing it, but a Taurus will creep into your life, taking it over piece by piece until your breathing stops and every move is calculated for their comfort. Once either of you realize, it is too late. Try as you might, a Taurus will not let go. They demand the attention and you will cede.

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Under Miami’s Moonlight: New Film Brings Perspective

‘Moonlight’ won 3 Oscars for the 8 nominations they received. Here’s my review:

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By Alexandra Reboredo 

Moonlight is a film that reaches the audience in a way no other production piece has done before — it realistically depicts how difficult it is to be black, gay, and poor as the main character struggles through drug abuse, bullying, and street violence.

Set in Miami, the film follows Chiron, a young black boy who does not fit in. His friends and family coined him with the humiliating nickname Little. He walks into school everyday, avoiding homophobic remarks in the schoolyard, just to come back home to his mother who develops an addiction to snorting “crack” cocaine.

This film shows a different perspective of Miami, usually hidden beneath beach towels and sunglasses, that other people are too afraid to show.

Moonlight also highlights the drug trade problem that takes place in Miami. A character named Juan controls the drug scene. When Chiron finds Juan’s house, which…

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Photo Essay: D.C. Lights

MLEC Alumni Participate in College-Talk Panel | The Harbinger

By Alexandra Reboredo Miami Lakes Educational Center’s auditorium was full of alumni on Thursday— some had successfully completed their first semester of college, others were getting ready to gradu…

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