We're hearing more about child slavery lately, and that's good. But it's a big, daunting problem — I often feel pretty helpless on this side of my computer. Well, here's an instance where we can do something. There's a bill before the Indian parliament to greatly restrict child labor in India. If a lot of people sign a petition in support of the bill, it will increase the pressure to pass it.


If you're so inclined, you can sign the petition to encourage the Indian parliament to pass the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill.

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For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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