October 25, 2014

About Sky Mangin

Sky is currently interning for the Thai Community Development Center and is part of the founding committee of the Slavery Eradication and RIghts Integration (SERI) Project. She interned for the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York this semester as part of Occidental College’s Diplomacy and World Affairs Program. She is currently a senior majoring in Politics and is interested in sustainable development, countries emerging from conflict and emergencies, education, and race relations. She hails originally from a rural rice farm in Thailand but grew up in Los Angeles since she was seven. In her free time, she enjoys making the most of her time with her family and friends but just can’t seem to get rid of the itch to travel!

Modern Day Slavery in the US

It is conventional wisdom that slavery is a thing of the past. It is emblematic of an era that we reflect back upon and decry “never again”. But is it really a thing of the past or has the face and form of slavery changed since the Emancipation Proclamation? The imprints of the largest U.S. human trafficking case occurs not far from where I live and study. It is a lucrative industry and was cited as the most profitable and second largest criminal activity in the world. For those of you who do not know,  six recruiters from Global Horizons, an … [Read more...]

Recession of Democratic Performance, Not of Democracy Itself

I agree with the sobering assertion by many critics that the democratic recession is likely to worsen in the decade ahead, but not decades. Democracy is not fatally threatened as a norm. Nonetheless, on a fundamental level, democracy is not stagnant– it is democratic performance that is declining and based on some of my experiences, I will attempt to explain why. First off, we must come to a universal understanding that democracy is not a destination, but rather, it is a process. Many countries that are experiencing a decline in democratic performance … [Read more...]