Linda Smith
Linda Smith
Linda Smith is a member of the Republican Party who represented Washington's from 1995 to 1999 in the United States House of Representatives. After leaving politics, Linda Smith founded Shared Hope International, a nonprofit organization to rescue and restore women and children in crisis. Since its creation, Smith has worked around the world and within the United States on behalf of those who have been victimized through sex trafficking.
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Yes, Preschool Teachers Really Do Treat Black And White Children Totally Differently
Huffington Post - 5 months
When Tunette Powell’s 4-year-old son first got suspended from his preschool class in 2014, she assumed that she needed to be doing something different as a parent. She had already worked hard to enrich her children’s lives, but she challenged herself to be better. The second time her son JJ got suspended, Powell began to think that maybe it was “just the fate” of her child. When Powell was in school, she had been suspended many times from a young age, and she began to think, “Maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Her thinking only turned around after she attended a birthday party for one of her son’s preschool classmates. Powell and her children are black, but most of the other parents at the party were white. When she mentioned to the group that her son had been suspended for behaviors like allegedly throwing a chair, they were shocked. Their kids had committed worse behaviors, but were only punished with a phone call home. Her younger son, 3-year-old Joah, also fa ...
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Public housing residents helped with job training
Houma Today - almost 2 years
Linda Smith has always been interested in public speaking since she was a child.
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Let's Talk About Saving Central America
Huffington Post - about 2 years
It's all over the news right now, this idea that Central America needs some sort of saving. Its children are fleeing to our borders by the hundreds of thousands. Our vice president is submitting budgets to Congress in a better-late-than-never attempt to stave off the flow of immigrants. Former police officials are finally being arrested. According to mainstream media, Central America is -- quite literally -- erupting for all the world to see. But that is only half of the story. It just so happens that while news of the newly conceived Plan Central America was exploding across our headlines, people on the ground in Guatemala were witnessing a much slower and more sustainable intervention take effect. This transformation wasn't the product of a billion dollars -- however inadequate that might be on a national level -- but rather the result of a very meager investment. For less than $5 per day, a team of passionate and resourceful Americans was helping a group of courageous indigenou ...
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From hobby to top brand: A cake lady’s slice of fame
The Bucks Herald - over 3 years
She started baking cakes as a hobby, but now one Wendover lady has been nominated in three categories at a national awards for doing what she loves the most. Lindy Smith, 49, runs Lindy’s Cakes Ltd, which is based on Station Approach in Wendover. She started devoting her life to baking when she became a parent, and now she runs classes, has written books and produced DVDs. Now she has been nominated for the National Mumpreneur Awards in the Best Online Business, Best Interactive Business and Best International Trader categories as well as the Inspirational Business Mum Award. She said: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think the business would grow into what it is today. ”It started with me making cakes for my children and friends, and now it has reached the stage whereby 30% of my sales are overseas to countries such as the United States, Australia and Germany. “I am absolutely thrilled to be nominated and to get recognised for what I do.” Lindy admitted that juggling work and ...
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RadioCentre hires interim CEO
Broadcast - over 3 years
Radio trade body RadioCentre has hired Radio Advertising Bureau executive chair Linda Smith as interim chief executive.
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A Busy ER Doctor Slows Down To Help Patients Cope With Adversity
NPR - over 3 years
For 20 years, Linda Smith was a successful ER doctor. But she started to regret doing painful procedures on patients without having the time to sit down and talk with them. So she became a palliative care doctor, one of a growing number helping people deal with life-threatening illnesses. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Former congresswoman joins sex ads protest
The Columbian - over 4 years
Former U.S. Rep. Linda Smith of Vancouver was one of about 25 demonstrators who protested outside the Phoenix New Times headquarters Wednesday over the company's publication of ads that may be a front for underage sex trafficking, according to ABC 15 in Phoenix, Ariz.
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Mark Quattro, 56, Attorney and Community Leader, Dies
Canton Patch - over 4 years
Mark H. Quattro, a well-known community businessman, former selectman, member of the Democratic party and community volunteer, passed away Thursday afternoon.  "It's a devastating loss for the community," said Mary Tomolonius, who worked with Quattro on the Sam Collins Day Committee, the Democratic Party and more. "He touched so many people's lives. I'm just in a state of shock."  A justice of the peace, Quattro was a longtime attorney in town. Quattro's community involvement included serving on the Board of Selectmen, the Democratic Town Committee, The Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, Sam Collins Day committee and more. He was also an avid skier and golfer. He died at the Chippanee Golf Club in Bristol. Many said it was a heart attack.  "He was doing something he loved," Tomolonius said. Julius Fialkiewicz, owner of Realty Works in Collinsville, worked with Quattro professionally but said he was also a great friend and advocate for the town.  "We were just gre ...
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Terrified Homeowner Faces $200,000 Bill At Age 100
Huffington Post - over 4 years
If 76-year-old Gloria Schrager lives to be 100, she will get the worst birthday present ever: a bill from JPMorgan Chase for $199,052. Schrager was behind on her mortgage payments and in danger of losing her Orlando home to foreclosure when she accepted a modification plan from Chase that made her monthly payments much more affordable. But the Peruvian immigrant feels like the house she has lived in since 1985 isn't really hers anymore. Rather than forgiving a portion of her debt as she requested, Chase modified her loan so that most of her principal would be due in one gigantic balloon payment at the end of the loan's term. "It is a painful thing at the very end to have balloon payment," said Schrager, who lives on her Social Security checks and by working part time for $9 an hour at a medical clinic for children with autism and Down syndrome. "It's like I am paying rent on this house, but if something breaks, I cannot call the landlord. I am so scared that I am going t ...
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About Town: Summer Season at Bronxville Public Library
Bronxville-Eastchester Patch - over 4 years
If you’ve been reading this column for any amount of time, you know that we’re huge proponents of the community events, especially for kids, hosted by The Bronxville Public Library.  That tradition continues this summer, with a full lineup of activities for all ages at the venerable institution at 201 Pondfield Road. Interim Library Director Linda Smith-Shearer sent us details this morning, including these great Summer Reading Games: Get Caught Reading @ The Bronxville Public Library!  Summer Reading Games for ALL ages.  This summer's theme is the Wild West.  No matter how young or old you are, join in for fun programs, games, and prizes.  Many thanks to the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library for their support of this program! Children Ages 12 and Under.  Kickoff Party 6:00 pm, Tuesday, June 26.  Join us for a rootin' tootin' good time.  Register at the children's reference desk early for a free Pony Pass--only ticket holders can ride.  Come dressed in costume because t ...
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Bronxville Library Announces New Director
Bronxville-Eastchester Patch - almost 5 years
  The Bronxville Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Gabriella Radujko as Director, effective Jun. 4. She is currently the Information Services Librarian at the Oradell Public Library in New Jersey. She has served as Director of the Fairview Free Public Library and the Youth Services Librarian for the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library, also in New Jersey and in addition to her skills in programming, collection development, budgeting and facilities management, Radujko brings experience in the constantly changing landscape of e-books. She lives in New York City. Search Committee Chair Mary Mackintosh said that overall, they were looking for a creative problem-solver who appreciated the potential of our historic building and collections; who could get the message out to the community; and who could clearly address the competing budgetary demands for materials, hours, and facilities. Gabriella impressed the comittee on all counts and Search Comm ...
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Cash Mobs Are Coming To Lakewood
Lakewood Patch - almost 5 years
Everyone that has perused YouTube knows about flash mobs — people dancing en masse to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on public plazas, for instance — but a group of professionals are about to advance the concept in Lakewood, Washington Come the month of May, business leaders plan to host a cash mob — a commerce-fueled cousin of ubiquitous flash mobs. In a cash mob, a group of people descends on a business to buy, buy, buy. The destination is revealed through social media. Then, the mob pops up at the business to browse and shop. The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce modeled the cash mob on similar events in other locales. “The Chamber is always looking for ideas that are unique, energetic and that add value to the community and to our chamber members” said Linda Smith, President & CEO of the Lakewood Chamber.  “For small, locally owned businesses, an infusion of cash like this can really make a big difference to their bottom line.” The identity of the local merchant and cas ...
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Show your Dublin Pride through Civic Duty During Dublin Pride Week 2012
Dublin Patch - almost 5 years
Come out to participate in the annual Dublin Pride Week events during the week of Saturday, April 28, through Saturday, May 5. Volunteer Day: Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 a.m. head to the Heritage Park in Dublin. Volunteers can come out for a day of service to give back to the schools, parks or help clean up the creek. Volunteers will receive a free tote bag and end the day with a hot dog luncheon provided by the Dublin Lions Club. Linda Smith, the city public information officer, said there are about 500 volunteers signed up for the day, which is up from last year's 300 volunteers. Councilmember Don Biddle says it is a “wonderful event.” “Individuals, families and church groups come out to help in the community,” he said. “A lot of local merchants volunteer the work equipment needed for many of the projects.” Volunteers are asked to bring canned and non-perishable food items to the event. The donations will be given to local organizations that service the Dublin commu ...
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Roseville’s St. John’s School Forced To Shut Down
KNCI 105.1 - almost 5 years
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City Talks Tobacco, Ponders Pasta and Boasts Fireworks
Dublin Patch - almost 5 years
During the city council meeting on Tuesday, the Dublin City Council discussed the retail licensing system currently in place for tobacco sales within the city. According to Linda Smith, the city’s public information officer, there are currently about two dozen tobacco retailers in the city, including gas stations and grocery stores. The council discussed the possibility of creating an ordinance that would set restrictions such as distances allowed between retailers, distances of retailers from locations where there are children and adding a license, along with a fee, to be able to sell tobacco products within the city. Mayor Tim Sbranti says the city is not doing anything to forbid tobacco sales but they are trying to control the number of businesses moving in that would sell tobacco. "We are trying to prevent the proliferation of gas stations and smoke shops within 1000 feet of each other," he said. "We want to keep the retailers at least 500 to 1000 feet from youth-or ...
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How to Improve Quality in Child Care and Early Education
New America Foundation - almost 5 years
Event Venue:  New America DC In order to help families succeed and low income families thrive, quality child care counts.  Yet too many of America's children are in early care settings that lack the kind of teachers, environments, teacher-student ratios, and background procedures to make help the children learn as they should.  Too many parents are dissatisfied with the quality of care.   As research continues to show the importance of the earliest years of life to learning, investments in quality care are most important than even.  Join the New America Foundation for a discussion of improving quality in child care and early learning. Location:  New America Foundation 1899 L Street NW Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 See map: Google Maps Participants List:  Introduction Lisa Guerns ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Linda Smith
  • 2009
    Age 58
    After over a decade of undercover investigations, extensive research and conducting thousands of survivor interviews, Smith herself was “shocked” by what was revealed. In 2009, Smith released a book titled Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children, which explores the traumas endured by young girls who are forced into the commercial sex industry.
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  • 2006
    Age 55
    At the Helsinki Commission Hearing in 2006, Smith testified about the Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in America.
    More Details Hide Details Linda has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, USA Today, Dan Rather Reports, ABC News, the Dr. Phil Show, O’Reilly Factor, and CBN. Linda received the 2009 Soroptimist Making a Difference for Women Award and the 2010 Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women. Linda has been published in news outlets and journals around the world; including The New York Times, the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, the International Review of Penal Law, and the Regent University Law Review. Linda Smith, Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children (Shared Hope International, 2009) ISBN 0-9765594-6-3
  • 2001
    Age 50
    To build momentum in the international anti-trafficking movement, Smith also founded the War Against Trafficking Alliance (WATA) in January 2001.
    More Details Hide Details WATA coordinates both regional and international efforts necessary to combat sex trafficking. In February 2003, WATA co-sponsored a World Summit with the U.S. Department of State, which brought together non-government and government leaders from 114 nations, all demonstrating a sustained commitment to prosecuting trafficking, providing assistance to victims, and building regional strategies to protect the vulnerable from the sex trade. In 2005, WATA was invited to participate, along with UNIFEM, in the first ASEAN conference to address child sex tourism in East and Southeast Asia. With a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Linda Smith and her team have worked in the field conducting research in Jamaica, the Netherlands, Japan, and the United States in order to reveal the sophisticated business model behind sex trafficking, exposing the buyers who increase demand and the traffickers who supply the victims. This extensive research led to SHI’s release of the DEMAND. report and documentary in 2007.
  • 1998
    Age 47
    In the fall of 1998, while still a member of the U.S. Congress, Linda Smith traveled to Falkland Road in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India, which is one of the worst brothel districts in the world.
    More Details Hide Details The hopeless faces of desperate women and children forced into prostitution compelled her to found Shared Hope International (SHI), a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating sex-trafficking. Since Smith's retirement from Congress, she has devoted all her energy to this cause, traveling around the world to prevent, restore and bring justice to victims of trafficking. Shared Hope supports shelter and service creation for sex trafficking survivors using a comprehensive model for restoration. By partnering with local organizations, Shared Hope provides restorative care, shelter, education, and job skills training at Homes and Villages of Hope where women and children can live without time limit. Today, Shared Hope provides leadership in awareness and training, prevention strategies, restorative care, research, and policy initiatives to mobilize a national network of protection for victims.
    Giving up her House seat in 1998, Smith ran for Washington's U.S. Senate seat.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated former King County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Bayley to face sitting U.S. Senator Patty Murray, only the third Senate race between two women. Many observers expected the election to be close, though Murray won by a 58%-to-42% margin.
  • 1997
    Age 46
    Smith was known for her staunch anti-abortion stance and her maverick tendencies, such as opposing the Balanced Budget Amendment, supporting campaign finance reform, and most notably of all, being one of 9 House Republicans to vote against confirming House Speaker Newt Gingrich in early 1997.
    More Details Hide Details She also had a reputation for opposing gay rights and viewed homosexuality as a "morally unfit inclination."
  • 1996
    Age 45
    She narrowly won reelection in 1996, defeating Democrat Brian Baird by only 113 votes.
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  • 1987
    Age 36
    In 1987, she moved up to the state Senate, giving Republicans control of that chamber, and remained there until her supporters began a September 1994 write-in campaign to elect her to Washington's 3rd congressional district.
    More Details Hide Details In spite of being dubbed the "Hazel Dell housewife", Smith began a 19-day-long grassroots campaign that resulted in her defeating the only Republican candidate listed on the primary ballot. Having secured a ballot line as the Republican nominee through her September write-in campaign, she went on to defeat liberal three-term Democrat Jolene Unsoeld in November.
  • 1983
    Age 32
    Smith began her political career in a special election in 1983 when she defeated a Democratic Party incumbent to win a seat in the Washington House of Representatives.
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  • 1968
    Age 17
    In 1968, she married Vern Smith, a young locomotive engineer, shortly before the age of 18, and they raised two children.
    More Details Hide Details She became the manager of a number of independent tax offices in Southern Washington. She currently lives in Vancouver with her husband, and has two children and six grandchildren.
  • 1966
    Age 15
    Smith grew up in a working class home. Her father abandoned the family and her mother remarried a mechanic (who went on to have a long career with the railroad), and in 1966 moved the family to Vancouver, Washington.
    More Details Hide Details Linda has an older sister, two younger sisters, and two younger brothers. In high school, she had part-time jobs as a fruit picker and a day-care aide. She later recalled, “I felt like by 17, I had had more lives than most people." Linda was known by her family to be a little "dramatic." She was 24 years old when her mother died of cancer, leaving her two younger brothers at home. Her step father remarried a few months later.
  • 1950
    Born on July 16, 1950.
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