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7Dec/17Off

RPS Solutions Manager Kevin Seawright

Graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Rockland University, and with an MBA from Almeda University, Kevin Seawright has worked in financial and administrative positions at several private organizations, as well as at companies in the area of government.

He is an experienced leader who is not only knowledgeable in the field of accounting, but is also versed in diverse capital management. Learn more about Kevin Seawright: https://angel.co/kevin-seawright and http://www.njbiz.com/article/20150520/NJBIZ01/150529987/newark-economic-development-group-names-cfo

His employment record includes being the Finance Director of Baltimore's Department of Housing and Baltimore's Department of Parks and Recreation between the years of 2002 and 2005.

He was also the Managing Fiscal Officer of that city's Commission on Aging and Retirement, where he implemented a new kind of accounting method that ended up saving the company more than $100,000.

He has a strong focus on working to improve small companies by helping them transform into bigger organizations, and in trying to turn small cities into large and more productive urban centers.

Part of his leadership abilities at the businesses he's worked for involved coming up with new strategies in order to help the companies see more growth. One of the tactics he uses to advance businesses is to include all members of the corporate team in the process.

Having more than 14 years in the financial industry, Kevin Seawright managed to improve the productivity at such education-based companies as NCEDC through strategies that has helped with employee retention.

He was also the Interim Executive Director of Operations at Baltimore City Community College, and was employed with the Newark Economic Development Corporation in New Jersey. Because of his business expertise, he was featured in the New Jersey Business Journal in May of 2015.

According to Crunchbase, Kevin Seawright became the Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Real Property Solutions, or RPS, in January of 2015. He also participates in community activities like coaching local youth sports teams. He has a profile on the Linked In website and on Twitter, where he tweets about things that are business-related, as well as about sports and his hobbies.

He grew up in both Baltimore and Philadelphia, and credits his parents' teachings about financial matters as he was growing up as being part of the reason for his success in business.

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9Nov/17Off

Can Luiz Carlos Trabuco Fill The Shoes Of Lazaro Brandao?

Luiz Carlos Trabuco, the currently acting CEO of Grupo Bradesco, has announced that he will soon assume the position of chairman of the board of directors. Leaving is Lazaro Brandao, 91, who is one of the oldest currently serving chair people in the world. Brandao has been with the firm since 1943, and many view him to be an indispensable asset to the bank. But he has stated that his decision to finally leave the chairmanship came because he wants to spend more time with his family and allow for younger executive talent to climb up through the corporation's ranks.

Can Trabuco wield the reins with the same skill as Brandao?

Luiz Carlos Trabuco, much like his boss, has been a lifelong employee of Bradesco. Being hired on with the firm in 1969, at the age of 18, Trabuco was fresh out of high school, with little experience, when he first came to work for the bank.

But over the ensuing decades, he would prove himself as a superlatively capable employee, reaching his first executive position in 1984. By that time, Trabuco had put himself through college, attaining a bachelor's degree in business administration as well as a master's degree in psychology.

He would put both of his degrees to good use, modernizing every department that he presided over and becoming a driving force in the shaping of the modern Bradesco business model.

In 1992, Trabuco was put in charge of the bank's financial planning division, which, at the time, was a flagging unit that accounted for less than 2 percent of the firm's total revenues. Trabuco immediately began innovating, creating a tiered customer service program that saw the introduction of luxury facilities and high-level personal banking services for the firm's wealthiest clients. After just a few years, the high-net-worth financial advisory business had taken off, adding ten of millions in capital to Bradesco's balance sheets. Trabuco was proving to be a highly valuable asset to his employer.

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He was again promoted to the head of the bank's insurance unit. There, he again was able to substantially increase revenues, boosting the total income of the division by more than two times. By the time Trabuco was promoted to CEO in 2009, Bradesco Seguros had become the largest underwriter of retail insurance policies in the country.

But Trabuco's magic touch could not save the bank from serious stagnation and decline throughout the 2010s. Having inherited an institution buffeted by the ill winds of a near economic depression across Brazil, between 2009 and 2015, Bradesco's stock lost more than 80 percent of its value. But then Trabuco was able to pull off one of the greatest coups in Brazilian business history.

In 2015, he announced that Bradesco would acquire HSBC Brazil for $5.2 billion, in an all-cash deal. Upon closing the deal, Bradesco was instantly rocketed to the undisputed number-one position across many market segments in Brazilian finance. The stock price immediately began a long rally that hasn't abated to this day. Today, the stock is trading at near record highs and Trabuco is widely regarded as having been an overall successful CEO.

However, there are still those shareholders who remember the lean years of Trabuco's reign with a touch of anxiety. Brandao believes in Trabuco and has explicitly said that he is the only man in the world who could successfully be passed the torch that Brandao wielded for so long.

It is clear enough that little is likely to change, at least as far as high-level strategy goes. Trabuco is likely to continue the broad strategy that both he and Brandao have been successfully implementing for more than 40 years.

Read more: Trabuco will assume the presidency of Bradesco's board; bank to appoint new chief executive in March

6Nov/17Off

Brian Torchin: The King Of Hiring Systems

Brian Torchin is a businessman, a chiropractor, and an experienced healthcare professional. He manages several locations in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Delaware. He is also reported to be a worldwide recruiter. Learn more about Brian Torchin: https://twitter.com/hcrc_staffing

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At present, Brian Torchin is employed by Health Care Recruitment Counselors, LLC. He currently serves as the founder and president of the business. The firm has numerous offices throughout the US, Europe, and Asia.

He has risen to his current level of success due to his expertise in the field of chiropractics. While working in the industry he learned all about just how the industry works. Specifically, he became more aware of all the various factors that have to do with actually putting together a chiropractic firm.

Torchin Develops His Model

Brian Torchin also found out what is required to successfully manage a chiropractic facility too. He considered using new methods for hiring the best employees for both his and other chiropractic businesses. At present, his business model offers many advantages to his clients.

Glassdoor believes that Brian Torchin aids other medical offices by signing the correct staff to make certain patients receive the very best treatment and service. He runs HCRC in a specific way and thus maximizes the business’ capability to expertly staff medical firms. His specialty, of course, is working with private chiropractic practices. Torchin strives to provide all his clients with the very best staff possible.

His expertise in employing the staff for chiropractic offices grows every day. Nevertheless, he does engage in other interests and activities on occasion. For example, he writes an industry advice blog. On it, he has said that it is vital for any medical facility to locate staff members who can keep the firm running smoothly.

He also states that all employers need to focus on general skills, pertinent experience, and disposition during the hiring process. He adds that if a candidate seems to be cooperative and a team player, the facility will probably be better off with this person on its staff.

Brian Torchin concludes that it is essential that firms ensure that their daily operations are carried out in a safe and careful manner.

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27Oct/17Off

Organizations Promoting Equal Rights to Marginalized People

The Mexican people are known to have through negative actions in the United States of America. The racism involved has seen a lot of innocent Mexican blood being poured or discrimination at workplaces because of their ethnicity. However, brave individuals and organizations have come up with strategies for promoting inclusivity in the society.

Mexican American Legal Defense Educational Fund (MALDEF) was founded in the year 1968. It has its main offices in Los Angeles, California. The building housing the MALDEF headquarters is managed by the MALDEF Property Management Corporation (MPMC). The building exudes a conducive environment for charity works as it hosts other notable charity organizations that labor tirelessly to improve the lives of the minority and marginalized communities.

Other satellite offices are in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Antonio, Atlanta and Washington DC. The organization advocates for the civil rights of Latinos. It also provides education to Latino community and includes litigation services. This organization organizes and sponsors award galas and the yearly Latino State of Union Policy roundtable. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

All activities carried out by the Mexican Legal Defense Educational Fund aim at pushing for social change, respect for human rights, promote employment and improve access to politics.

The institution is driven by the desire to have Latinos join the socio-economic and political agenda in America. In their quest for justice, there exists a financial need to support legal activities as the victims may not necessarily have the sufficient financial muscle. MALDEF welcomes any financial support that can assist in facilitating the success of the worthy cause.

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested and detained two journalists by the names Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin. Their arrest, in 2007, came after the two featured an article about graft and poor conditions in the county jails. The article highly incriminated the county boss who was the least pleased with the accusations and sought to teach them a lesson. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook

The two reporters hailed from Phoenix in Arizona State. The journalists complained of the mistreatment of Latino inmates in the county jails and how they were discriminated. The feature further revealed the rot in accountancy of funds allocated to the county government.

Sherriff Arpaio issued a fake subpoena, allegedly from the grand jury. This was in an attempt to force the two journalists to reveal all particulars of the report. Moreover, The sheriff demanded a definitive list of consumers of the Phoenix New Times.

The outcry of prisoners incited the general public to demand the journalists to be freed. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal conducted court hearings which exonerated the journalists from charges leveled against them. They were proved innocent and released from detention.

In 2013, Maricopa County was instructed to pay Lacey and Larkin a settlement amount of 3.7 million U.S dollars. The journalists used the cash to establish a foundation to support the Mexican community most of whom were immigrants to the United States. They also offered a helping hand to other budding civil rights organizations that lobbied for human and civil rights.

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9Oct/17Off

Why Fabletics is Leveraging Review-Centric Marketing Approach

Successful brands are customer centered; always providing high-quality products or services at reasonable costs while responding appropriately to new consumer behaviors. Consumer trends are dynamic, and with the advent of the internet, new consumer trends are always emerging. At present, “user reviews” is the much talked about trend regarding online shopping. Online buyers search and compare user reviews before deciding on whether to purchase products or acquire services. Positive reviews encourage customers to buy a company’s goods or services while negative reviews discourage them from dealing with a company. Consumer goods companies such as Fabletics that responded to this new trend are scaling the heights of their respective industries.

Fabletics is a relatively new company in the fashion industry having been established in 2013. The company was founded by Kate Hudson, Don Ressler, and Adam Goldenberg. Fabletics is focused on providing high-quality athleisure clothing. So far, the company has performed impressively well in the competitive activewear market dominated by well-established brands. Fabletics credits its marketing strategy, review-centric, for its growth. According to Shawn Gold, corporate marketing officer of TechStyle Fashion Group, Fabletics’ growth is as a result of user reviews, or the crowd.

Beginning in 2013 to date, Fabletics has grown by over 200%. The U.S based company now has operations in over six countries including German, France, Canada, Spain, Netherlands, etc. The company also ships its merchandise to Australia. Fabletics initially focused on women products, but the company now caters to men’s activewear needs. Fabletics’ revenues are approaching $250 million as the company prides itself on over one million paying members. For a 4-year-old company, the growth is mind-boggling.

Online user reviews are part and parcel of a modern consumer’s shopping decisions. A BrightLocal study concluded that online users not only search for user reviews but also a majority of them trust user reviews. The trust that online users bestow on user reviews is the same trust they have towards products or services recommended by family members or friends. Peter Holten Mühlmann, Trustpilot’s Founder and CEO, suggests that modern consumers have nurtured a distaste for all traditional forms of marketing and advertising; they prefer the safety, trust, and power wielded by user reviews.

Forward-thinking consumer brands are embracing a review-centric marketing approach. L2, a research firm, conducted a survey that revealed a trend by many consumer goods companies to include reviews on their websites and product pages. Another related study revealed that while online users desire to acquire products at low cost, many of them search for user reviews more than they look for price comparisons.

What is in for consumers brands that have embraced a review-centric marketing approach? Positive reviews are likely to result in improved search engine rankings, more revenues, and more customers. Also, positive reviews encourage repeat clients and lead to better customer retention.

Fabletics products are available through their website, Fabletics.com, and their physicals stores spread across America. Kate Hudson has been at the forefront of promoting the company’s products and recently she welcomed Demi Lovato to be part of the company’s brand ambassadors.

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6Oct/17Off

Larkin & Lacey

The AFL-CIO was developed in 1955. It is a combo of two opposing labor organizations—the Congress of Industrial Organizations and the American Federation of Labor. In the 2000s, opposing views lead some labor unions to break off from the AFL-CIO to start a labor rights organization called Change to Win.

Labor organizations have been a real godsend when it comes to regulation being placed on employers because they were actively involved in politics that lead to such regulations. However, labor organizations were also involved in pushing for wars to happen.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, brilliantly crafted by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey is a one-of-a -kind organization that caters to the needs of DREAMers and people who cross the border and stay here illegally.

However, Lacey and Larkin see this as an issue of human rights and ethics. They see the immigrants who are coming here as beautiful people in pursuit of better lives for themselves, not “illegal” aliens from Mars.

Plan International is an organization that saw its founding more than 80 years ago. Its founders were a journalist from Britain named John Langdon-Davies, and a refugee worker by the name of Eric Muggeridge. Plan International was founded in 1939 to aide children who suffered from the Spanish Civil War. Langdon-Davies came up with the idea of sponsors sponsoring misfortunate children. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Today, Plan International works for children's rights and quality of living in 70 countries. Their plan is to affect the lives of at least 100 million girls within the next five years. They have a number of campaigns, including Because I Am A Girl, which emphasizes October 11th—the International Day of the Girl.

Plan International also provides people with opportunities to sponsor children in other parts of the world. Contributions as a sponsor are tax deductible, and go toward projects in the communities that sponsored children live in.

NAMBLA is a far cry from the organizations mentioned above, due to the questionable nature of its plight. What is NAMBLA? NAMBLA stands for North American Man Boy Love Association. The name says it all.

Founded as a support group in 1979 for men who desired to have romantic and sexual relationships with boys and underage adolescents, it consists of very, very few members. The people who do work for the organization are volunteers, and NAMBLA is not as well endowed with money as other civil rights organizations.

Of course, there is a very, very, very, very gray area between what is considered to be predation and victimization and what is considered to be consensual and truly wholesome—especially when you are talking about legal adults having sexual and romantic relationships with minors. People grow and come unto awareness about certain things at different ages.

There is a kernel of truth to what NAMBLA has to say—maybe not when it comes to young, underdeveloped kids, but perhaps when it comes to developed adolescents who are making their own decisions and are pretty aware of what they are doing.

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27Sep/17Off

Betsy DeVos; The Power Of Philanthropy

Betsy DeVos together with her husband Dick DeVos has touched the lives of many through their family foundation. Having been founded in 1989, The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has remained an embodiment of excellent leadership and good deeds in the society. The charity has focused a majority of its efforts in ensuring that social entrepreneurship, quality education, and arts are entrenched in communities across the globe. The organization has been one of the biggest contributors to noble causes around the world. In 2015 alone, the philanthropy gave out over $11.6 million earning the DeVos family the 24th position on the list of top philanthropists in the US.

 

One of the biggest beneficiaries of the donations that the DeVos family has given out includes the Success Academy Charter Schools. In the year 2015, the group of schools received over $150,000 donor funds from the DeVos organization. In an interview with the Philanthropy Roundtable, Betsy DeVos also revealed that the Potter’s House, an institution with a Catholic background in Michigan had received $200,000 for various initiatives.

 

Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation have remained committed to ensuring that research in hospitals and medical schools is advanced. The organization has also contributed substantively to evangelical missions and art institutions. For half a decade, the DeVos family has managed to give out over $100 million in donations to various initiatives and organizations. Most of the funds from the charity have also been directed to other charities to facilitate their operations.

 

Apart from running the family business and charities, Betsy DeVos acquired another job recently. The social entrepreneur is the current secretary of education in Trump’s government. President Donald Trump settled on her because she has been one of the most vocal individuals who’ve agitated for a policy change in the education sector. For over three decades, Betsy DeVos has worked closely with other players in government and the private sector to try and have a policy change in the American education system. In her reforms agenda, Betsy is keen on affirmative action for all the children from marginalized regions.

 

Betsy’s interaction with educators and parents in her role as mentor has helped her get firsthand information on the status of the school system in the US. The smile on the face of the parents she has helped get their children to better schools always keeps her going. In the District of Columbia, Betsy has taken a lead role in establishing choice schools for students. The paradigm of choice schools enables students to decide their career at a young age.

 

Before she landed her job on the cabinet, Betsy DeVos held the post of chairperson of a financial services company called The Windquest. She is an alumnus of the Calvin College, Michigan.

 

To learn more about Betsy DeVos, visit http://www.betsydevos.com/.

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23Sep/17Off

Four of the Leading Human, Civil, and Migrant Rights in America

The number of groups advocating for human, civil, and migrant rights continues to grow, yearly. These organizations play an active role in pushing governments and the civil society to embrace just and fair policies. The groups are the people’s watchdog and they put checks and measures in place to make sure everyone lives freely regardless of their religion, race, gender and social standing.

Most- if not all- of the groups exist as non-profit making entities relying mostly on donations from well-wishers and volunteers to conduct their duties. Let’s briefly explore the mandates of the leading human rights and civil movement groups in the US.

  1. The Advocates for Human Rights

Founded in 1984, this advocacy group seeks to promote human rights standards, equality, and justice all over the nation. The rights group pushes for the introduction and the amendment of rules that stifle on the rights of minorities. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://twitter.com/JimLarkin_

They have developed programs to push for reforms in women’s human rights, international justice, immigrant rights, and death penalty issues and, it also sponsors education and research on matters pertaining to human and civil rights.

  1. American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights

This group sets to achieve a set of mandates that touch on freedom, justice, and equality for asylum seekers. Migrants have come under renewed pressure, especially from the Donald Trump administration.

The new government ascended to power with the provocative promise to repatriate illegal migrants on top of building a wall separating America from next-door Mexico. Today, the organization is on the front line of battling legal battles on behalf of the tens of thousands of immigrants being prosecuted by the government. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Facebook

  1. International Migrants’ Rights Advocate

Founded 20 years ago, this American-based human rights advocacy group has continued being a beacon of hope for millions of immigrants. Migrants Rights International collaborates with other like-minded civil groups, for instance, the Global Coalition on Migration to fight for the plight of women, children and the marginalized people in the communities.

  1. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

This group is a relatively new entry in the American civil rights movement chapter. Were it not for a police harassment incident that saw Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin unlawfully arrested and detained in Phoenix, Arizona, this organization might never have been born.

The incident sparked outrage and anger beyond the state of Arizona and it even caught the attention of President Trump. The bone of contention arose when the public started calling for the arrest and prosecution of a notorious police officer with an extensive record of profiling people on the basis of their racial backgrounds.

Today, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund works in close partnership with like-minded movements to push for much-needed reforms in the Arizona police force.

15Sep/17Off

Daniel Taub – A Distinguished Diplomat

When Daniel Taub was appointed as the Ambassador to Israel, one of the mysterious facts was his life. He was born in Britain, and nothing will change his practices and beliefs as a Jew. Daniel Taub had to give up his citizenship and start a new journey of representing the nation which he immigrated 30 years earlier. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.parashadiplomatit.com/ and http://www.parashadiplomatit.co.il/

According to Mr. Daniel, it was a privilege to raise his children in their homeland. A nation where their family of origin exiled 2000 years ago.

Based on the facts about his family history, Mr. Taub is aware of the opportunities they experienced in Britain. In that case, Daniel Taub was to express his gratitude by bringing Israel and Britain together.

As mentioned before, Daniel Taub was brought up in London and attended Oxford University. He was also an alumnus of Harvard University from where he completed his Degree in International Law.

In 1989, Daniel relocated to Israel, where he worked as a combat medic in the department of Israel Defense Forces. In the same department, under the international law division, Daniel Taub also worked as a reserve officer.

Mr. Daniel joined the Foreign Ministry of Israel in 1991, where he held various diplomatic and legal posts. Since he was an expert in international law and specializes in various areas such as counter-terrorism.

Daniel was appointed as one of the Principal Legal Advisors at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. With the position as the legal advisor, Mr. Taub represented Israel in various joint fora including the missions involving the United Nations.

As a legal advisor and distinguished diplomat, Mr. Daniel Taub was involved in the peace talks between Palestine and Israel. After good interactions with his counterpart from Palestine, Daniel manages to make the two nations reached an agreement.

His good record with negotiations made him also participate in the peace process between Syrian and Israel. During the Gaza flotilla incident, Daniel Taub was the head of the observer delegation team, which represented Israel in the International Court of Justice and the investigative committee of UN. The hearings were about the security barriers affecting Israel.

While serving as the Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Mr. Daniel managed to put a lot of emphasis on technology and trade links between the UK and Israel.

He also ensured that there was a clear focus when it comes to issues such as interfaith and cross-culture activity. Therefore, he hosted many outreach programs including cultural events, which were meant to bring different communities together.

 

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22Aug/17Off

Of Civil, Human and Migrant Lines; the Blurry line

Crossing the threshold of a country sometimes strips one of all dignity. There being no clear laws on migrants and immigrants, one may cease to enjoy their fundamental civil and human rights. It begs the question, does being an undocumented migrant make anyone any less?

The answer is a resounding ‘no’ since every human being is entitled to human rights. Lack of knowledge on civil, human and migrant rights, can lead to loss of lives, exploitation, and abuse by employers and others. This is one of the reasons civil, migration and human rights organizations have been formed, to safe guard these rights.

American Immigrant Lawyer Association (IMLA)

A powerhouse of knowledge and legal representation, the American Immigrant Lawyer Association (IMLA), a voluntary outfit has over 13,000 law professors and attorneys. This group’s cornerstone is imparting knowledge on immigrant legislation and representing the minority and most vulnerable communities including asylum seekers, students, foreign entertainers, and athletes.

Founded in 1946, this force put up its headquarters in Washington D.C in 1982 leading to widespread impact across the country. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Time

This non-partisan and non-profit organization represents individuals in need of permanent United States residency. It also supports the myriad of migrants who are required by the local and international businesses to thrive.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Once a force to reckon with in the local agenda, this coalition has since grown, and its effects are felt nationwide. This coalition is not an individual effort but rather works with other groups, institutions, and individuals to realize justice.

Founded after a 1986 Act; the Immigrant Reform and Control Act, this body has since strived to influence policy, develop a public opinion and agitate for civil, human and immigrant rights.

CHIRLA can offer protection to the undocumented workers who would otherwise be abused and exploited by employers who cash in on the fears that characterize such workers. CHIRLA formed the Coalition of Garment Workers Advocates (CGWA) for equality in the enjoyment of the labor laws. Better working conditions are further enhanced by the Garment Worker Centre (GWC) created in 2001 to unite workers and ensure humane working conditions.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

The dynamic duo of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin made a statement and impact with the $3.75 million awarded by the courts as a settlement in a case regarded as upholding implementation of their First Amendment rights.

This handsome sum granted to them by an Arizona court has been donated to offer much-needed support to human rights groups agitating for migrant rights across the state of Arizona.

In a show of the sheer power of the fourth estate, Lacey and Larkin further promotion in the freedom of speech through empowerment of the immigrants through knowledge, a feat even the Sherriff who sparked the whole legal process does not begrudge them but rather shares an agreement with them.

It is a blurred line between civil, human and migrant lines since where there is a migrant, so much of civil and human rights can be ignored, denying the migrant their right as a human being.

These groups working in this area offer technical expertise, knowledge and capacity building to ensure this minority is cared for as part of humanity as evidenced by the Lacey and Larkin fund that provides the much needed monetary support.

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