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Browns coach launches foundation to combat human trafficking


AP Sports Writer

BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson is tackling a disturbing problem that’s not always visible.

Jackson and his wife, Michelle, have launched a foundation to support organizations that combat human trafficking and aid its victims, women who are exploited, abused and scarred for life.

“We’re all in,” Jackson said during a kickoff event at the team’s headquarters. “We want to make a difference in this area.”

The Hue Jackson Foundation announced a partnership with the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland to provide secure housing for women who have been victimized by human trafficking — modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.

Jackson’s affiliation will raise awareness to an issue that often goes unreported and undetected.

“I’m not afraid of a challenge,” said Jackson, who went just 1-15 during his first season with the Browns. “We’ve seen the impact of what this creature does to people.”

The 12-bed recovery facility, named in honor of Jackson, will offer a safe environment for victims to heal and focus on treatment. Officials say there are less than 100 beds available nationwide for the estimated 100,000 identified trafficking victims annually.

Jackson said the foundation believes safe housing is essential to survivors in order to break trafficking’s circle. Jackson, who has three daughters, was joined at the foundation’s kickoff by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

“Human traffickers target the most vulnerable members of our society who need the most help and use them for their own profit and advancement,” said DeWine, who has formed a commission to fight human trafficking. “The work that the Hue Jackson Foundation will do to help combat this will be invaluable in providing awareness and prevention to help protect our children and loved ones from falling victim to this heinous crime.”

According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, human trafficking cases in Ohio are some of the highest in the nation.

Before joining the Browns, Jackson was offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. His first stint as a head coach was with the Oakland Raiders in 2011.

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UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

By Randall Mell

Golf Central Blog

BEDMINSTER, N.J. – UltraViolet took its protest inside the gates of Trump National in the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open.

Four UltraViolet protesters moved as close as they could beneath President Donald Trump’s private box shortly after he arrived at 3:15 p.m. and then removed their outer garments, revealing purple T-shirts with the words: “USGA: Dump Sexist Trump.” They formed a line and quietly stared up at the box until Trump walked to the window.

“Our goal was we wanted to be able to look him in the eye,” said Melissa Byrne, an UltraViolet coordinator. “We did that. Security gets concerned, so we made sure the president was safe in his box before we removed our shirts. He came over to the glass to wave to people, and he looked at us.”

Byrne made a gesture with two fingers pointing at her eyes, then pointing her fingers up at the president, as if to say: “We see you!”

UltraViolet is a group formed to fight sexism and expand women’s rights.

Security came over to check to see if the four UltraViolet members had tickets.

“We did,” Byrne said. “We bought them.”

While security loomed close, Byrne said officers were respectful and did not attempt to remove them. But she said some fans were not happy with their appearance and expressed their displeasure.

“It was mostly guys saying `He isn’t sexist’ and `Make America Great Again!’ and `Trump, Trump, Trump,’” Byrne said.

Byrne said it was important to take their message inside the gates.

“It was important for us to come inside, so the USGA, LPGA and even the PGA know the message, that by holding events at Trump courses, they are saying sexual assault is OK, that sexism is OK,” Byrne said.

Byrne also said they were intentionally quiet.

“There is a golf tournament going on, so we wanted to be respectful of that,” Byrne said.

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