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  • Links to overviews and essays dealing with feminist theory.
  • Addiction Search is a searchable directory of links relating to substance abuse.
  • Advocate Web is a non-profit organization providing support to people who have suffered sexual exploitation, harassment, or abuse by a helping professional or someone in a position of authority.
  • AtMP is a "non-profit organization advocating for equality and fairness for unmarried people, including people who choose not to marry, cannot marry, or live together before marriage."
  • American Humane provides general information, recent data and statistics, policy statements, and general guidelines for ensuring the safety and well-being of children and families.
  • Broad coverage of the sociology field in the United States, including employment, funding, conferences, publishing, research, and institutions.
  • Guided by the framework of the Convention on the Rights of the Child Treaty, AI seeks to develop its work on children around three themes: juvenile justice, children in armed conflict, and children in the community and family.
  • "Birth Control Watch wants to know whether President Bush supports women's access to birth control" and demands answers "on behalf of the 95% of Americans who will use birth control..."
  • CATW is a non-governmental organization that works internationally to combat sexual exploitation in all forms, especially prostitution, and trafficking in women and children.
  • Founded in 1920, CWLA is "the oldest and largest national nonprofity organization developing and promoting policies and programs to protect America's children and strengthen America's families. CWLA's 1,000 plus public and private nonprofit member agencies serve 3 million abused and neglected children and their families each year."
  • City Harvest is a non-profit organization committed to feeding hungry people in New York City using a variety of innovative, practical, and cost-effective methods.
  • Civilrights.org serves as the site of record for relevant and up-to-the-minute civil rights news and information.
  • The Coalition for the Homeless, the nation's oldest and most progressive organization, helps homeless men, women and children by providing immediate and critical relief.
  • CSC's mission is "to prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, to secure their demobilisation, and to ensure their rehabilitation and reintegration into society."
  • This is a collection of over 500 non-fiction feature stories on major crimes, criminals, trials, forensics, and criminal profiling. Also included are award-winning works of short fiction by prominent writers.
  • "Equality Now works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world through the mobilization of public pressure."
  • Escaping Hades, a rape and sexual abuse survivor's site, provides a forum for the survivors of rape, sexual abuse, and incest.
  • Provides links to hundreds of articles and sites.
  • Family Violence Prevention Fund is working to build a grassroots movement to end abuse in the United States and around the world, pioneering innovative and effective prevention strategies, fighting daily for women, children, immigrants, and low income workers, and supporting non-governmental organizations worldwide.
  • The FBI has been investigating hate crimes since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This site contains FBI history, statistics, and initiatives, as they relate to the investigation of hate crimes.
  • The Center for Digital Discourse and Culture's bibliography of feminist scholarly works on sexuality.
  • The Feminist Majority Foundation Online utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically.
  • This academically-oriented site is presented in English as well as French and Spanish, and includes links to many feminist topics.
  • Freedom to Marry is "the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide."
  • Links to materials relating to issues and debates in gender studies.
  • The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, from 1908 to the present.
  • This site provides research, fact sheets, and links to government and private organizations.
  • IDEA is an electronic journal created for the exchange of ideas related, mainly, to cults, mass movements, autocratic power, war, genocide, holocaust, and murder.
  • An e-mail discussion list spanning three continents and a range of worldviews and backgrounds. While some posts are personal, most focus on news, views and solutions to homelessness.
  • This website provides a collection of articles, excerpts, and chapters from many contemporary writers of and about Critical Theory, including Adorno, Benjamin, Fromm, Horkheimer, Habermas, and Marcuse.
  • Access to the association's activities and good range of links to sociology resources online.
  • This site is part of the Leave My Child Alone! campaign launched by Mainstreet Moms Operation Blue, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, and Working Assets.
  • The Center for Digital Discourse and Culture provides a brief essay and bibliography on the connection between Marxism/materialism and feminism.
  • MM is a behavioral change program and national support group network for people who are concerned about their drinking and desire to make positive lifestyle changes.
  • Based on the MoveOn.org organizing model, MomsRising.org "has a goal of championing core motherhood and family issues in political, social, and economic spheres."
  • Spun off from Alcoholics Anonymous, NA is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts. This site includes news, archives, and information on local meetings and events.
  • NAADAC, a professional membership organization, serves counselors who specialize in addiction treatment.
  • NASW, the largest membership association of professional social workers, works to enhance professional growth, create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
  • NBCC focuses on quality counseling through certification.
  • The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence helps to create and influence federal legislation that positively effects the lives of battered women and children.
  • The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans serves as a liaison between the federal government and community-based veterans' service providers. This site includes information and resources for and about homeless veterans.
  • NCH uses grassroots organizing, public education, policy advocacy, technical assistance, and partnerships to help end homelessness and achieve housing, economic, and healthcare justice for all.
  • The National Crime Prevention Council's mission is to enable people to create safer and more caring communities by addressing the causes of violence and crime.
  • "NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction."
  • Established in 1989, NLCHP works, through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education, to alleviate, ameliorate, and end homelessness, serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.
  • Founded in 1972, NPG is a national membership organization of 25,000, working to achieve long-term sustainabilty through the gradual stabilization of our population at a more optimal number.
  • The New York City Coalition Against Hunger represents the more than 1,000 non-profit soup kitchens and food pantries in NYC, and the more than one million low-income New Yorkers who are forced to use them. The Coalition works to both meet the immediate food needs of low income New Yorkers, and enact innovative solutions to poverty to help them move "beyond the soup kitchen" to self sufficiency.
  • This New York City agency provides information about temporary emergency shelter, in partnership with public and private agencies.
  • Sponsored by iVillage, Parent Soup is an "award-winning site helping parents since 1996."
  • Created by professionals at Girls and Boys Home (officially known as Father Flanagan's Boys Home, the original Boys Town), this site specializes in training, consulting, and researching parenting practices in order to help parents deal with their child's day-to-day care, guidance, and development.
  • Partnership for the Homeless is described as the nation's largest network of private shelters. This site provides information for donors and volunteer workers.
  • Based in Canada, PEERS is a non-profit society established by ex-prostitutes and community supporters dedicated to the empowerment, education, and support of prostitutes. It works to improve safety and working conditions, and assists those who wish to leave the sex industry.
  • PAI promotes policies and programs that slow world population growth.
  • For 35 years, Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth) has been working to slow population growth and achieve a sustainable balance between the Earth's people and its resources.
  • A project to digitize "accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court." Searchable by keyword, date, name, place, or crime. The first completed stage of the project (2003) covers the period 1714 to 1759.
  • Project Renewal provides information on programs that care for and rehabilitate homeless men and women in N.Y.C.
  • The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization, operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline, and provides programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helps to improve the quality and availabilty of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illness.
  • Social Work Search was created to provide links to websites of interest to social workers and other helping professionals.
  • This site contains links to information useful to middle or high school students who are researching current social issues.
  • SIRC is an independent, non-profit organization founded to conduct research on social and lifestyle issues, monitor and assess global sociocultural trends, and provide new insights into human behavior and social relations.
  • Provides links in different categories of the discipline.
  • The SocioLog, created and maintained by Julian Dierkes, is a collection of important social science links.
  • This online journal "publishes high quality applied sociology, focusing on theoretical, empirical and methodological discussions which engage with current political, cultural and intellectual topics and debates." Archived from MArch 1966.
  • The University of Amsterdam's gateway to internet resources in sociology, grouped by subject.
  • A thorough guide to sociology resources online, aimed at sociology students and professionals. Good coverage of theorists and sociological issues.
  • Extremely thorough and well-produced guide to internet resources in sociology with an international perpective. Created and maintained by the Social Science faculty of the University of Amsterdam.
  • Contains a large collection of annotated links divided into categories.
  • "Over the past ten years, The Status of Women in the States has become a leading source of analysis of womens status across the country. Between 1996 and 2004, IWPR has produced individual reports on womens status in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as biennially updated reports on national trends across the states. . . .The Status of Women in the States project is designed to inform citizens about the progress of women in their state relative to women in other states, to men, and to the nation as a whole."
  • The Office of National Drug Control Policy's Street Terms database contains over 2,000 street terms that refer to specific drug types or drug activity.
  • The National Parenting Center is dedicated to providing parents with comprehensive and responsible guidance from the world's most renowned child-rearing authorities.
  • A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Tolerance.org encourages people from all walks of life to "fight hate and promote tolerance."
  • This office was established by the 1984 Victims of Crime Act to oversee diverse programs that benefit victims of crime. OVC provides funding to state victim assistance and compensation programs, and supports training designed to educate criminal justice and allied professionals in the rights and needs of crime victims.
  • For World Social Science report, DARE Data Bank, Social Science online periodicals, and more.
  • UNICEF works to prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of children at the global level, advocating ratification and enforcement of international laws that protect children from the worst forms of child labor.
  • Population Division provides support and servicing to intergovernmental bodies, facilitates access by governments to information on population trends and their interrelationship with social and economic development, contributes to the capacity building of member states to formulate national population and related policies and programs, enhances coordination and cooperation amoung the organizations of the U.N. system, and distributes electronic population information.
  • Unmarried America "engages in education and advocacy for America's 86 million unmarried and single adults."
  • "The Walter Benjamin Research Syndicate is an on-line research resource for individuals interested in the writings and the ongoing critical theory of Walter Benjamin (1892-1940). This site maintains a collection of resource information on some of Benjamin's writings, as well as current essays about Benjamin, his work, and the work of some of his close contemporaries. Our focus has been on those writings and projects too-often excluded from academic Benjamin scholarship."
  • The Wired Patrol is a nonprofit organization that uses trained volunteers to monitor the Internet for child pornography, stalkers, child predators, groups advocating child abuse and pedophilia, and hate and bigotry sites.
  • Women in Black is an international peace network, a means of mobilization. Women in Black "stand in silent vigil to protest war, rape as a tool of war, ethnic cleansing and human rights abuses all over the world".

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