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Rita A. Thomson

Born in Chateaugay, New York, on Oct. 9, 1923, she was the daughter of Michael ...
She worked as a nurse at the St. Lawrence State Hospital in Ogdensburg. She finished her career as director of Head Start for Franklin County. She was a communicant of ...

For Father Julien, 50 years of making an impact

Julien was born on July 22, 1938, in Ogdensburg, New York. He grew up in Daytona Beach, where the nuns at his Catholic school, St. Paul, encouraged him to join the priesthood. He thought it over through high school and decided to take an extra year of ...

Former Ogdensburg woman arrested and charged with selling drugs to officer

A former Ogdensburg woman has been arrested on charges that she sold drugs to an undercover police officer in that city. Twenty two year old Kelsey Rubadue of Newark, New York was taken into custody on Monday after being indicted on three counts of fourth ...

Motorcyclist injured in collision with pick-up truck

SANDYSTON — A New York City man was injured Saturday when his motorcycle ...
The driver of the truck was identified as Richard Lozier, no age available, of Ogdensburg, who was not injured. There were no further details on how the accident occurred ...

She brings the thunder

New York State offered Genienkeh’s current lands in a swap to ...
Darlene dreamed Sakoietah was arrested near Ogdensburg, NY, which sits across the St. Lawrence River from Prescott, Ont. “When she has these things, like my daughter, there is usually ...

Joan E. Rogers, 85, of Ogdensburg

Ogdensburg, New York, 13669 or St. Vincent de Paul, 1115 Ford Street, Ogdensburg, New York, 13669. Condolences may be made online at www.fraryfuneralhome.com/ obituaries.

Ogdensburg diocese mobilizes thousands of volunteers for major north country census

OGDENSBURG — Thousands of volunteers from the Diocese of Ogdensburg are canvassing 172,000 households across Northern New York as part of a census designed to help promote the Catholic church and determine the physical and spiritual needs of the more ...

Monsignor Theodore W. Kraus, served in various posts

While in Western New York, he was associate pastor at St. Nicholas in Buffalo ...
He was a faculty member at Diocesan Preparatory Seminary and at Wadham’s Hall Seminary College in Ogdensburg. He also held the positions of director of vocations ...

Virginia K. Martin, 89, formerly of Ogdensburg

Calling hours for Virginia K. Martin, age 89, of Williamsburg, Virginia and formerly of Ogdensburg, New York will be held from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM. Services will be held at Foxwood Memorial Park on April 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM with Father James Shurtleff ...

2014-15 ALL-USA New York Boys Basketball Team

USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA New York Boys Basketball Team ...
Jr. Kinnon LaRose, G/F, Ogdensburg Free Academy (Ogdensburg), 6-5/190, Sr.

Download or Read Franklin, Hamburg, Ogdensburg, and Hardyston ebook online

Read online or Download Franklin, Hamburg, Ogdensburg, and Hardyston by William R. Truran Overview: Franklin, Hamburg, Ogdensburg, and Hardyston chronicles the settlement and life of the Wallk…

Ogdensburg library and librarians from Waddington and Gouverneur receive praise in online poll sponsored by Sen. Ritchie

Congratulations Ogdensburg Public Library!  Your staff has helped me tremendously as City Historian. Ogdensburg library and librarians from Waddington and Gouverneur receive praise in online poll sp…

Ogdensburg library and librarians from Waddington and Gouverneur receive praise in online poll sponsored by Sen. Ritchie

Congratulations Ogdensburg Public Library!  Your staff has helped me tremendously as a social studies teacher. Ogdensburg library and librarians from Waddington and Gouverneur receive praise in onli…

Carpenter Ogdensburg (NY) – Ogdensburg Carpenters

Carpenter Ogdensburg (NY) Lending helping hands when you need masterpieces built in Ogdensburg (NY). Papa’s Carpenter Specialists in Ogdensburg, New York work with, builds and fixes items and struct…

A Day in Alexandria Bay

Originally posted on The River Blogger: Uncle Sam Boat Tour The best time to take in the sights of Alexandria Bay is in early autumn, after the tourist season, and the kids have returned to school.…

Cruise ship MS Saint Laurent to dock in Clayton, not Ogdensburg

OGDENSBURG — The MS Saint Laurent, a 210-pass­enger cruise ship that had been expected to dock in Ogdensburg 10 times from May through October, will now bypass the city and instead make scheduled port…

Assemblywoman Russell invites North Country residents to the 2015 Bridal Expo in Ogdensburg on April 19

Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, the Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club, Ogdensburg Area Boys and Girls Club, and the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority invite you to the 2015 Rediscovering Your Backyard: Br…

Carpenter Ogdensburg (NY) – Ogdensburg Carpenters

Carpenter Ogdensburg (NY) Lending helping hands when you need masterpieces built in Ogdensburg (NY). Papa’s Carpenter Specialists in Ogdensburg, New York work with, builds and fixes items and struct…

Carpenter Ogdensburg (NY) – Ogdensburg Carpenters

Carpenter Ogdensburg (NY) Lending helping hands when you need masterpieces built in Ogdensburg (NY). Papa’s Carpenter Specialists in Ogdensburg, New York work with, builds and fixes items and struct…

Ogdensburg Command Performance in Massena

Ogdensburg Command Performance Is Coming to Massena!! Their “season on the road” brings 3 shows to Massena Central School Auditorium on 84 Nightengale Avenue (just off of Route 37).   RED HOT AND B…


Fighting against human trafficking in OGDENSBURG NEW YORK

Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights » Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons » Identify and Assist a Trafficking Victim » 20 Ways You Can Help

20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking

After first learning about human trafficking, many people want to help in some way but do not know how. Here are just a few ideas for your consideration.

1. Learn the red flags that may indicate human trafficking and ask follow up questions so that you can help identify a potential trafficking victim. Human trafficking awareness training is available for inpiduals, businesses, first responders, law enforcement, and federal employees.

2. In the United States, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 (24/7) to get help and connect with a service provider in your area, report a tip with information on potential human trafficking activity; or learn more by requesting training, technical assistance, or resources. Call federal law enforcement directly to report suspicious activity and get help from the Department of Homeland Security at 1-866-347-2423 (24/7), or submit a tip online at www.ice.gov/tips, or from the U.S. Department of Justice at 1-888-428-7581 from 9:00am to 5:00pm (EST). Victims, including undocumented inpiduals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.

3. Be a conscientious consumer. Discover your Slavery Footprint, and check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage companies, including your own, to take steps to investigate and eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains and to publish the information for consumer awareness.

4. Incorporate human trafficking information into your professional associations’ conferences, trainings, manuals, and other materials as relevant [example].

5. Join or start a grassroots anti-trafficking coalition.

6. Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal government representatives to let them know that you care about combating human trafficking in your community, and ask what they are doing to address human trafficking in your area.

7. Distribute public awareness materials available from the Department of Health and Human Services or Department of Homeland Security.

8. Volunteer to do victim outreach or offer your professional services to a local anti-trafficking organization.

9. Donate funds or needed items to an anti-trafficking organization in your area.

10. Organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization.

11. Host an awareness event to watch and discuss a recent human trafficking documentary. On a larger scale, host a human trafficking film festival.

12. Encourage your local schools to partner with students and include the issue of modern day slavery in their curriculum. As a parent, educator, or school administrator, be aware of how traffickers target school-aged children.

13. Set up a Google alert to receive current human trafficking news.

14. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about human trafficking in your community.

15. Start or sign a human trafficking petition.

16. Businesses: Provide internships, job skills training, and/or jobs to trafficking survivors. Consumers: Purchase items made by trafficking survivors such as from Jewel Girls or Made by Survivors.

17. Students: Take action on your campus. Join or establish a university or secondary school club to raise awareness about human trafficking and initiate action throughout your local community. Consider doing one of your research papers on a topic concerning human trafficking. Professors: Request that human trafficking be an issue included in university curriculum. Increase scholarship about human trafficking by publishing an article, teaching a class, or hosting a symposium.

18. Law Enforcement Officials: Join or start a local human trafficking task force.

19. Mental Health or Medical Providers: Extend low-cost or free services to human trafficking victims assisted by nearby anti-trafficking organizations. Train your staff on how to identify the indicators of human trafficking and assist victims.

20. Attorneys: Look for signs of human trafficking among your clients. Offer pro-bono services to trafficking victims or anti-trafficking organizations. Learn about and offer to human trafficking victims the legal benefits for which they are eligible. Assist anti-trafficking NGOs with capacity building and legal work.



Victms of discrimination in OGDENSBURG NEW YORK

The EEOC enforces the prohibitions against employment discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Title II of the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA), and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. These laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, and genetic information, as well as reprisal for protected activity. The Commission´s interpretations of these statutes apply to its adjudication and enforcement in federal sector as well as private sector and state and local government employment.

The EEOC has held that discrimination against an inpidual because that person is transgender (also known as gender identity discrimination) is discrimination because of sex and therefore is covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. See Macy v. Department of Justice, EEOC Appeal No. 0120120821 (April 20, 2012), http://www.eeoc.gov/decisions/0120120821%20Macy%20v%20DOJ%20ATF.txt. The Commission has also found that claims by lesbian, gay, and bisexual inpiduals alleging sex-stereotyping state a sex discrimination claim under Title VII. See Veretto v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Appeal No. 0120110873 (July 1, 2011), http://www.eeoc.gov/decisions/0120110873.txt; Castello v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Request No. 0520110649 (Dec. 20, 2011), http://www.eeoc.gov/decisions/0520110649.txt.

While discrimination based on an inpidual´s status as a parent (prohibited under Executive Order 13152) is not a covered basis under the laws enforced by the EEOC, there are circumstances where discrimination against caregivers may give rise to sex discrimination under Title VII or disability discrimination under the ADA. See Enforcement Guidance: Unlawful Disparate Treatment of Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities, www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/caregiving.html.

Federal government employees may file claims of discrimination under the Part 1614 EEO process on any of the bases covered under the laws EEOC enforces, and/or may also utilize additional complaint procedures described below.

Civil Service Reform Act

The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA), as amended, also protects federal government applicants and employees from discrimination in personnel actions (see "Prohibited Personnel Practices" http://www.opm.gov/ovrsight/proidx.asp) based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or on conduct which does not adversely affect the performance of the applicant or employee -- which can include sexual orientation or transgender (gender identity) status. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), www.osc.gov, and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), www.mspb.gov, enforce the prohibitions against federal employment discrimination codified in the CSRA. For more information, see OPM´s Addressing Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment at www.opm.gov/er/address2/guide01.htm, OPM´s Guidance Regarding the Employment of Transgender Inpiduals in the Federal Workplace at www.opm.gov/persity/Transgender/Guidance.asp, and OSC´s Prohibited Personnel Practices and How to File a Complaint at http://www.osc.gov/ppp.htm.

Executive Orders

Additionally, federal agencies retain procedures for making complaints of discrimination on any bases prohibited by Executive Orders reviewed below. For example, some lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees may file complaints under both the agency´s Executive Order complaint process (for sexual orientation discrimination) and 1614 process (for sex discrimination), as these are separate processes.

Executive Order 11478, section 1 (as amended by Executive Orders 13087 and 13152) provides:

It is the policy of the government of the United States to provide equal opportunity in federal employment for all persons, to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age, sexual orientation or status as a parent, and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a continuing affirmative program in each executive department and agency. This policy of equal opportunity applies to and must be an integral part of every aspect of personnel policy and practice in the employment, development, advancement, and treatment of civilian employees of the federal government, to the extent permitted by law.

Executive Order 13152 states that "status as a parent" refers to the status of an inpidual who, with respect to an inpidual who is under the age of 18 or who is 18 or older but is incapable of self-care because of a physical or mental disability, is: a biological parent, an adoptive parent, a foster parent, a stepparent, a custodian of a legal ward, in loco parentis over such inpidual, or actively seeking legal custody or adoption of such an inpidual. The Executive Order authorized OPM to develop guidance on the provisions of the Order.


The Guardian and a warning to OGDENSBURG NEW YORK: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

In http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/02/jehovahs-witnesses-silencing-techniques-child-abuse [6]


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