For some women addicted to opioids, selling sex to buy drugs can go become a dangerous way of life. When they want to seek help, treatment options are not always available quickly enough to provide them a safe path to recovery.
Determined to not let the momentum die, protesters once again converged on hundreds of cities — at home and abroad — for the second annual Women's March, seeking not only to unite in a call for social change but also to channel their fury into voter action.
Addiction to heroin can trap women in a life of sex work and often leave them at risk of exploitation by human traffickers. One national hotline has tracked thousands of calls in the last three years from victims of human trafficking who report struggling with opioid addiction.
Illinois lawmakers ended the state budget impasse and made big changes to how the state pays for public schools. The state also wrestled with the debate over abortion and a nationwide rise in hate incidents.
Illinois lawmakers acted quickly last month in response to sexual harassment allegations at the statehouse. But several female legislators say this isn't a quick fix. They say the process was rushed and not enough thought was given to explore alternative options.