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Chagmion Antoine

Chagmion Antoine

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Chagmion Antoine covered LGBT and women's issues for five years as a correspondent for CBS News and MTV's Logo Channel. She was the first openly LGBT female correspondent to be featured on a national news broadcast. She is currently working on her first feature film. Follow her on Twitter here.

Articles

Africa’s famine may be setting the stage for a new HIV epidemic

Africa’s famine may be setting the stage for a new HIV epidemic

By — May 11, 2017
No one should ever have to choose between starving to death and exposure to HIV, however millions of women and children struggling to survive in the drought-stricken countries of southern Africa aren’t being given a choice. more »
The incredible challenge of convicting the first man for rape as a weapon of war

The incredible challenge of convicting the first man for rape as a weapon of war

By — November 30, 2016
Godeliève Mukasarasi promised God that if her children survived the Rwandan genocide of 1994, she would perform charitable acts. They lived. Soon after, the then 35-year-old social worker and mother founded SEVOTA, or Solidarity for the Development of Widows and Orphans to Promote Self-sufficiency and Livelihoods, a support group for women in the small Rwandan village of Taba. more »
The color of lawlessness: Sexual abuse by police, nationwide

The color of lawlessness: Sexual abuse by police, nationwide

By — May 4, 2016
I was stopped by the police one night in January 2015 as I rode the New York City subway. I was making the long trip back downtown from Washington Heights at around 2 a.m. and had fallen asleep. Suddenly, I jolted awake to find an NYPD officer standing over me. The officer asked me to step off the train. I asked him why. He insisted I do it. more »
‘I thought that happens to other people’: Being trafficked without knowing it

‘I thought that happens to other people’: Being trafficked without knowing it

By — August 7, 2015
When I met Sophie Otiende, she was running late. I had reached out to her in December 2014 while I was in Nairobi doing research for a film about sex trafficking. Sophie and her boyfriend, Jakob Christensen, are volunteers at the anti-trafficking nonprofit HAART Kenya and had agreed to meet me for dinner. But as time wore on, I was beginning to think I’d been stood up. more »
The woman charged with stopping rape in Congo: A Q&A with Jeanine Mabunda

The woman charged with stopping rape in Congo: A Q&A with Jeanine Mabunda

By — May 14, 2015
When Congolese President Joseph Kabila tapped 49-year-old Jeanine Mabunda Lioko, a finance executive and a member of the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to be his special representative on sexualized violence in July 2014, UN representatives hailed the appointment as a “new dawn” in the fight to end rape and child recruitment in the country’s 20-year conflict. more »
From civil rights to Ferguson: What’s missing in media coverage of police violence

From civil rights to Ferguson: What’s missing in media coverage of police violence

By — October 16, 2014
Anyone watching the news this past August could think they’d been transported back to Montgomery, Georgia, circa 1954. Darren Wilson, a white police officer, had shot dead 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Images of police in riot gear unleashing dogs and water cannons on protesters dominated every TV network. Violence between demonstrators and police erupted in the small town. more »
In Iraq, women ‘are the battlefield’

In Iraq, women ‘are the battlefield’

By — August 12, 2014
Yanar Mohammed’s voice is shaky when she picks up the phone. It is noticeable. She apologizes and takes a quick second to compose herself. She has been unnerved by something she just saw on television. more »
Abduction of schoolgirls highlights Nigeria’s booming sex trafficking industry

Abduction of schoolgirls highlights Nigeria’s booming sex trafficking industry

By — May 14, 2014
On April 14, nearly 300 Nigerian girls were abducted from their dormitories in a school in the northeastern town of Chibok. But this is hardly the first time Nigerian children have been kidnapped en masse for the purposes of sex—in fact, Nigeria is the birthplace of a sex-trafficking pipeline that leads directly to Italy. more »
Where sisterhood ends: The victim in your own home

Where sisterhood ends: The victim in your own home

By — April 7, 2014
When the case of a 23-year-old Indonesian domestic worker made international headlines, readers were shocked to hear of the physical abuse that left the once vibrant young woman nearly disabled. But just as shocking to the international community was the subsequent revelation that her employer—a 40-year-old mother of two—had been charged with the attacks. more »