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Actress Eliza Dushku has just returned from Uganda, where she met with former child soldiers.

The trip – organized by her mother, Judith, an African political science professor through Global Exchange – aimed to raise awareness of the plight of children trained in combat.

“You learn so much that you would never be able to read in a book … meeting people and hearing stories firsthand,” she said. “I can’t bear to hear people say that they’re bored in this day and age.”

Global Exchange is a membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world.

“We envision a people centered globalization that values the rights of workers and the health of the planet; that prioritizes international collaboration as central to ensuring peace; and that aims to create a local, green economy designed to embrace the diversity of our communities,” reads the organization’s website. "In a world where the economics of quantity fuels corporate power and political greed, the elite are reaping profits while working people and the planet are left to pay the price. In response to the global degradation caused by this system of elite globalization, Global Exchange envisions an alternative economics of quality centered upon protecting international human rights to ensure that the cost of globalization does not come at the expense of us all.

“As an education and action resource center, we advance our vision by working to ensure our members and constituents are empowered locally and connected globally to create a just and sustainable world.

“Global Exchange takes a holistic approach to creating change. With 20 years working for international human rights, we realize that in order to advance social, environmental and economic justice we must transform the global economy from profit centered to people centered, from currency to community.”

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