Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States and all month long we are commemorating January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month!
So, what does this mean? We have the chance to share what we know with others who may not get it yet: that human trafficking exists in our own back yards as well as across the world. And because awareness is the first step in solving a problem, it means that we can all be involved in preventing human trafficking right where we live, in our own neighborhoods and cities.
We know that these efforts work! Just yesterday, Backpage.com, one of the country’s largest classified ad websites that “knowingly facilitated prostitution and child sex trafficking,” according to a Senate report, finally closed down its adult ad section due to mounting public pressure and awareness campaigns.
This month, you can turn YOUR awareness into action by doing ONE thing to teach people about what they can do to prevent human trafficking. For example:
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2017 marks ArtWorks for Freedom's 5th Anniversary!
Since our inception, we’ve traveled the world and our own country using the power of the arts to quicken people’s imaginations and touch people's hearts as we work to end human trafficking.
To celebrate, we are creating new awareness campaigns and forging exciting new partnerships involving innovative artists in the District of Columbia and around the country. Here is a sneak preview of what's to come!
We encourage you to follow us on Twitter and Facebook as well as check on our events page for our latest activities.
We’re looking forward to joining Women in Homeland Security to commemorate Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January! We’ll complete the WHS Golden Door to Freedom started at the WHS Annual BBQ in October. Join us on Thursday the 12th from 12:00 - 2:30 p.m. All are welcome!
ArtWorks for Freedom, with our partner Joy of Motion Dance Center, is thrilled to be a part of EAST, a program to support the local community by creating an environment where artists can share their stories and teach children their craft. Join us at the Hill Center for the free kick-off reception, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and stay for a performance by Grammy nominated hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon. Tickets are available in advance for $20 and $25 at the door.
February 3-4, Toronto
11th Annual Conference, "Behind Closed Doors: Trafficking Labor, Sex and Art."
The Symposium will examine how survivor leadership is utilized in anti-trafficking efforts, discuss the intersection of international sports organizations and trafficking, take part in a participatory arts project with ArtWorks for Freedom, and learn how the judiciary system is working toward reducing demand of domestic minor sex trafficking.
A follow-on event to ArtWorks for Freedom’s awareness campaign last year in partnership with the Women’s Fund of the Stateline Community Foundation. Now in its 12th year, BIFF is a ten-day tribute to the power of film and the excitement of independent film from around the world.
March 12 & 19, Washington, D.C.
“Movement for Freedom” with Joy of Motion
Kids will learn new dance steps that depict modern slavery and the fact that not all kids in the world are free. These two workshops offer an engaging way to learn about modern slavery - one of the world's biggest human rights issues of today - and to discover through movement that everyone can do something to help bring it to an end.
ArtWorks for Freedom is presenting this powerful participatory theatre piece in which the audience engages with the actors directly while moving through the five “stations” or stages of being trafficked.
September – November
Stay tuned for information on our regional awareness campaign in Easton, Md., and Washington, D.C. We're looking forward to bringing exciting new artists and arts events to fire up your imagination!
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