On March 11, President Biden signed into law one of the largest economic investments in American history, the American Rescue Plan. While there’s been a lot of conversation about what isn’t in it, notably lacking was a national Potato-and-legume gender reveal party, there is a lot to celebrate. Below is a quick breakdown of some of the financial benefits that might be relevant for folks to know about or apply for.

A lot of people get $1,400


by Kate D’Adamo, partner, Reframe Health and Justice

One of the biggest questions before Congress and the administration in 2021 is going to be the regulation of digital platforms and websites. Centered in this conversation will be section 230 of the Communications and Decency Act. 230 says that internet platforms are not responsible for the content posted on them that they did not create, a provision which has allowed the flourishing of social media, among other digital explorations. Congressmembers and op-ed-based experts have also decried it as the primary reason for why regulation of Facebook to stop encouraging genocide or…


by Kate D’Adamo, Partner at Reframe Health and Justice

Today is January 11, Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Department of Homeland Security tells us all to wear blue and take selfies, many organizations sent out fundraising blasts for you to prove awareness, and for-profit companies will make some acknowledgement of the words “human trafficking” to show they are aware.

DHS campaign banner for Human Trafficking Awareness.

But this year should be different. We have spent four years learning just how much the horrors of white supremacy, racialized violence, domestic terror, homophobia, violent misogyny, police violence and murder are woven into the fabric of our day to day lives…


A Note on Language: When writing this piece, I went back on forth on who I was writing this for. There was an intentional decision to give some examples, but an attempt to go into detail. The tone is written for a general audience, but for people who have experienced these behaviors it can be hard not to see yourself no matter how something is written. Everyone experiences things differently, and no two situations have the same intention, impact or needs. …


A short note on VP Biden’s Anti- Trafficking Statement

On July 31 the Biden campaign released a statement to mark the eighth annual World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The day is a global renewal of the commitment to ending the violent exploitation of workers around the world. With last few months being flush with claims that trafficking is on the rise, some spot on and some disturbingly off base, it is vital to have a strong vision for what anti-trafficking efforts would look like under a Biden Administration. …


Pictured: Police Tape; Image was used in a report on trafficking from Seattle

by Kate D’Adamo

Despite a transformative moment which Angela Davis described as holding “possibilities for change we have never before experienced,” the anti-trafficking community has been largely silent on the blossoming conversation on police brutality and its entrenchment in anti-Blackness.(1) While some organizations have put out blanket statements about Black Lives Matter and racism, these few statements have not addressed the field’s entrenchment with law enforcement, or the use of anti-trafficking to re-brand abusive police forces/tactics and expand the police state. …


by Justice Rivera

Post legalizing marijuana, it is easy for liberal voters to think that we are moving towards more just criminal legal practices and recognition of bodily autonomy. Legalizing marijuana came with promises of cutting police presence in communities of color and the budgets of prosecutors. However, the pursuit of racial justice and decarceration has faded away as cities focus on regulation and revenue. I was one of those voters. …


Justice Rivera, Partner at RHJ

Human Trafficking Awareness Month is more than just posters and commercials — it is a month where we should take a critical look at our approaches and ask how these interventions are growing and evolving. This month, the anti-trafficking movement can learn from other movements for health and justice including the harm reduction movement. Using a harm reduction approach to drug use means trying to limit the potential negative consequences of drug use. While this can mean access to clean needles to prevent HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, it also takes seriously the social dynamics…


Kate D’Adamo, Partner at RHJ

Right now, anti-trafficking conversations live in a false binary. If you read most of the articles on anti-trafficking efforts there is often an unquestioning, glowing review from one side and sex workers saying no on the other. Media coverage of anti-trafficking overwhelming lack any critical lens, and the desire to do something is, in and of itself, success. Any voices which point out the consequences of these intentions are portrayed as exclusively oppositional, as opposed to wanting more than thoughts and prayers.

What this ultimately obscures is the overlooked space that both honors sex workers…


Submission of Reframe Health and Justice on the Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019, B23–0318

Good morning, Councilmembers and advocates. Thank you to the Council members in attendance this afternoon, and thank you to the council members who have shown an incredible dedication and commitment to people and issues who are often ignored, and whose health, safety and lives are often disregarded as the collateral consequences of good intentions. We are urging the Committee to vote for this bill, and take a stand to simply say: criminalization is failing our most vulnerable. We can do better.

I am…

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