Mississippi

Spelling the name of this state out loud is a catchy way to remember it, and a way to make sure you spell it correctly. The name “Mississippi” comes from an Indian word meaning “great waters” or “father of waters.” Mississippi entered the Union as the 20th state in 1817. Considered part of the Deep South, Mississippi, with its rich soil and many rivers, is an agricultural state. The state flower is the fragrant magnolia blossom, and the capital is Jackson.

The story behind why Louisiana voted against a ban on slavery
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The story behind why Louisiana voted against a ban on slavery

Last week, Louisiana voters struck down an amendment to its constitution that would have prohibited slavery and involuntary servitude. The four other states where slavery was on the ballot – Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont – approved similar referenda. Louisiana was put in the national spotlight for rejecting the change. Trevor Noah did an entire…

Applications open for funding meant to help victims of human trafficking
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Applications open for funding meant to help victims of human trafficking

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) – Applications are now open for the a new fund meant to specifically help victims of human trafficking. Applications for the Victims of Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation Fund opened Nov. 1. As much as $2.5 million will be available for organizations that provide services to victims of human trafficking. “An…

HHS Awards $497,000 to USM Center for Human Trafficking Research and Training
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HHS Awards $497,000 to USM Center for Human Trafficking Research and Training

Fri, 10/28/2022 – 13:53pm | By: Karelia Pitts The University of Southern Mississippi’s newly established Center for Human Trafficking Research and Training (CHRT) in the School of Social Work was awarded $497,000 for the first year of a five-year demonstration program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and…

New initiative aims to combat human trafficking in Mississippi
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New initiative aims to combat human trafficking in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Wednesday, Secretary of State Michael Watson (R-Miss.) announced the launch of a new initiative, Mississippi Businesses Against Trafficking (MBAT). MBAT is a statewide initiative to raise awareness and empower Mississippi businesses to combat human trafficking. The initiative is open to any business, nonprofit organization, or association in the state that…

Secretary of State launches anti-human trafficking training for Mississippi businesses
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Secretary of State launches anti-human trafficking training for Mississippi businesses

Secretary of State Michael Watson speaks at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, July 28, 2022. A new initiative to combat human trafficking was launched Wednesday by Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson and business leaders. The Mississippi Businesses Against Trafficking, or MBAT, program will provide training to businesses and employees on how…

Ex-NFL QB Brett Favre considered prison labor to build volleyball facility
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Ex-NFL QB Brett Favre considered prison labor to build volleyball facility

Former Southern Miss and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. (Image source: Twitter – @BrettFavre) Court documents released show that former NFL star Brett Favre allegedly sank to new lows in the Mississippi welfare scandal when he suggested that a free workforce be used to build a volleyball facility at his daughter’s school. Favre, who…

Nationwide Movement to End Unpaid Prison Labor Tackles the ‘Slavery Loophole’
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Nationwide Movement to End Unpaid Prison Labor Tackles the ‘Slavery Loophole’

Photo by mksfly via Flickr Incarcerated individuals across the country are forced to work for cents on the dollar, with five states, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas, offering no wages, reports the Guardian.  The 13th amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude but contained an exception for “a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have…

University of Southern Mississippi opens center for human trafficking research center – WLBT
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University of Southern Mississippi opens center for human trafficking research center – WLBT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WLBT) – Human trafficking is no myth, and it’s happening around the state. According to the national human trafficking hotline, hundreds of cases are reported annually, despite the case count experts thinking there are inaccuracies within the data. “Victims or survivors, we use those words interchangeably. But, they do not disclose what is…

IHL Approves USM Center for Human Trafficking Research and Training
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IHL Approves USM Center for Human Trafficking Research and Training

Thu, 09/22/2022 – 12:14pm | By: Karelia Pitts Earlier this summer, the Board of Trustees of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) approved a proposal from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Social Work to form a Center for Human Trafficking Research and Training (CHRT) – the first center of its kind in…

What’s at stake in the 2022 midterm election? Here’s everything to watch before Election Day.
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What’s at stake in the 2022 midterm election? Here’s everything to watch before Election Day.

Midterm elections: How they work and why they’re important This year’s midterms are the first chance for Americans to grade Joe Biden and congressional Democrats on how they’ve been running the country for the past two years. Typically midterms don’t go well for the party in power, and Democrats are defending razor-thin majorities in Congress, as one-third of…