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International Day of Families


Today, May 15th is International Day of Families, and I wanted to take this time to honor the family. Having a loving and caring family is something none of us should ever take for granted, unfortunately most of us do. We take it as right, we complain about out siblings, our parents, and often take little time to truly get to know the depth of those around us. Yes, of course we love our families without questions, but do we know them? I ask you to take time today to talk to your families, have a meal together and actually listen to what everyone has to say. Remember that we are blessed to be part of a family, no matter how weird or annoying the are, they are ours and we need to treasure them!

There are millions of children around the world who wake up every morning longing for a family, and at the same moment a childless mother and father pray for a family. Families are not defined by blood, they are defined by love, so if you are dreaming of a family of your own remember that hope is never lost and a child is out there waiting for you. Don't forget the children around the world living their lives in orphanages, the children in the US who are shuffled around the foster care system. A family is a gift, but for some the gift does not come easy, but hope is never lost.


Enjoy your day and enjoy your Family!



Cassandra Clifford

Cassandra Clifford is the Founder and Executive Director of Bridge to Freedom Foundation, which works to enhance and improve the services and opportunities available to survivors of modern slavery. She holds an M.A., International Relations from Dublin City University in Ireland, as well as a B.A., Marketing and A.S., Fashion Merchandise/Marketing from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Cassandra has previously worked in both the corporate and charity sector for various industries and causes, including; Child Trafficking, Learning Disabilities, Publishing, Marketing, Public Relations and Fashion. Currently Cassandra is conducting independent research on the use of rape as a weapon of war, as well as America’s Pimp Culture and its Impact on Modern Slavery. In addition to her many purists Cassandra is also working to develop a series of children’s books.

Cassandra currently resides in the Washington, D.C. metro area, where she also writes for the Examiner, as the DC Human Rights Examiner, and serves as an active leadership member of DC Stop Modern Slavery.

Areas of Focus:
Children's Rights; Human Rights; Conflict