Human Trafficking Awareness Day Program

For 2014 we're aiming to organize 24 meet ups, and we're kicking it off with a panel discussion and two film screenings (one documentary, one feature) on Human Trafficking Awareness Day. 

We're going to focus on exploring the exploding crisis of slavery right here in the U.S. We'll look at how it's happening and why, what government and non-profit agencies are doing to prevent trafficking (both the supply and the demand), the obstacles the victims face in trying to return to free, healthy lives, and what we can do as individuals to help. 

Admission is free. You guys are welcome to attend either or both screenings (seating is first come, first serve), but either way we encourage you to participate in the discussion!

4:30 – 6 pm
FLESH THE MOVIE
 (documentary), 2011
Kristin Ross Lauterbach, writer/director/producer
USA | 90' (English)

6 – 7 pm
PANEL DISCUSSION + Q&A

Kenneth Ora Melie, dir. of LOVE TRAFFIC
Richard Mowatt of Fight Slavery Now! and
Shihomi Tonogawa from the New York Asian Women's Center

7 – 9 pm
LOVE TRAFFIC
 (feature), 2014
Kenneth Ora Melie, writer/director/producer
USA | 120' (English)


Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, tied with arms trafficking as the second largest criminal industry in the world, after drug trafficking. Several million more individuals become victims of human trafficking each year. Of these, 87% are trafficked for the explicit purpose of sexual exploitation. The majority are girls and women (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). — Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

ABOUT FLESH THE MOVIE

Slavery.  In the past.  Human trafficking.  Over there.  FLESH a shocking documentary, calls into question our definitions of slavery, human trafficking, and prostitution in the United States.  This is a story told by girls who have escaped and by those still enslaved.  It is told by former and current pimps.  It is told by the abolitionists of today, including numerous directors of non-profit organizations, a former U.S. Ambassador, LAPD vice and the L.A. City Task Force on Human Trafficking.  

Cameras capture prostitutes on the streets of Los Angeles and reveal the heartbreaking reality of "The Game". Even more compelling are the stories of these former prostitutes, who tell of the atrocious ways they were enslaved physically and psychologically.  They tell their stories of being trafficked in the U.S. and the moving stories of how they escaped.  FLESH goes behind the scenes of the third largest criminal industry that preys upon girls, whose average age of entry is twelve to fourteen. 
 
FLESH does not end with the presentation of trafficking in the U.S. - it delves into its causes.  Why the demand for the supply of new flesh?  Why must pimps rotate their prostitutes between cities and states?  Why must new and younger girls be forced into the system?  The interviews give voice to those in the business of prostitution and to those seeking to end it.  Together they offer startling perspectives on what drives trafficking here in the U.S.

Writer/Director/Producer Kristin Ross Lauterbach's interest in social and human right issues has led her to promote awareness and provide relief for people who are suffering around the world.  Her latest endeavor “Flesh”, is an exploration of the widely overlooked, yet widespread, practice of sex trafficking in the United States.  Kristin has also directed several short-length documentaries.  Of these, "Emthonjeni: South Africa," a profile of a settlement outside of Johannesburg, and "Help Haiti Heal," which shows the devastating effects of the 2008 flooding in Haiti, have together raised well over half a million dollars in relief money for victims of poverty and natural disaster in those countries.

Producer/Writer Christina Lee Storm is an international independent producer whose experience in both Asia and the U.S. has enabled her to collaborate with talented independent filmmakers from around the world. She is a Partner and Producer for Accelerated Entertainment.  Her most recent producing credits include The Least of These staring Isaiah Washington and To Save A Life distributed by Goldwyn Films.  Christina has a passion for making films with profound themes.  She is an alumnus of Act One: Writing for Hollywood program and serves on its Advisory Board for the Executive Program.  She is also a member of the Producers Guild of America and serves on the National Board of Directors.  

http://www.fleshthemovie.org

ABOUT LOVE TRAFFIC

This fiction feature exposes the untold and often overlooked story of the African girls sold into slavery for sex and labor, often under the spell of an herb doctor. "Love Traffic" trails the story of a trafficker and his associates trading African girls for financial gain to support his interest in love for the beautiful Iffy. A close brush with the law drives Tony to kidnap and traffic his lover's sister.

Writer/director/producer Kenneth Ora Melie was born in Onitsha, Eastern Nigeria and holds a masters in information security and teaches IT at various institutions in the New York Area. He also holds a bachelors degree in film production from the University of Wisconsin and has worked in all capacities in film and video from LA to New York with major production houses as ABC, HBO, NHK, MTV, and Panavision to name a few.  Kenneth worked on several music videos in the 90s from Naughty by Nature, Erick B and Rakim, George Benson, and some commercials. He has since worked in the explosive African film industry “Nollywood” and completed several short and full length films to his credit. Filmmaking is not only to exercise his passion but a necessity to expose the ills of our society.

ABOUT THINK ACT CHANGE NYC

THINK ACT CHANGE NYC is a meetup group for change-makers, thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs or anyone who is passionate about social innovation, social enterprise or simply doing good. At our meetups we want to spark conversations about things that matter in an informal gathering of people who want to talk about real issues. We want to connect, inform, inspire, and empower you to act on innovative ideas to implement real change.

http://www.meetup.com/Think-Act-Change-NYC/

ABOUT CRS COMUNITY FILMS

CRS COMMUNITY FILMS provides a forum for local and independent filmmakers to share and discuss their work and ideas.

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-FILM-VIDEO-SHOW-TELL/

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  • Christopher P.

    3) Educate Yourself and Your Friends and Family

    Dedicate your FB status to the hotline for a week.

    Put up hotline flyers in Greyhound bus stations.

    Tell 5 friends to put the hotline number in their cell phones.

    Hand out information about the hotline at concerts, fairs, and community events.

    Talk about it. Tell your friends, teachers, teammates, co-workers, and family members about this resource.

    Invite your friends over to watch a movie on human trafficking and tell them about the hotline.

    Post the hotline number on your website and/or blog.

    Put up hotline posters in the windows of local businesses.

    Ask a teacher, politician, or other local leader to talk about human trafficking and the hotline.

    Post hotline flyers in motels and hotels in your area.

    January 12, 2014

  • Christopher P.

    WHAT YOU CAN DO:

    1) Donate to NYAWC, GEMS or Polaris Project or one of the other great NGOs serving trafficking victims and/or combating trafficking.

    2) Refer victims and suspected victims to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline (call[masked] or text BeFree [masked])) and the organizations like the New York Asian Women’s Center and GEMS and Safe Horizons and encourage them that they will be taken care of and can escape.

    Call or text:

    • To report a tip;
    • To connect with anti-trafficking services in your area; or,
    • To request training and technical assistance, general information or specific anti-trafficking resources.

    January 12, 2014

  • Christopher P.

    Thank you to our three guest speakers! You can find out more about their organizations (and in the case of filmmaker Kenneth Ora Melie, about the continuing journey of his film LOVE TRAFFIC) here:

    Kenneth Ora Melie, dir. of LOVE TRAFFIChttp://lovetrafficmovie.com

    Richard Mowatt of Fight Slavery Now!http://www.meetup.com/Fight-Slavery-Now/
    http://fightslaverynow.org

    Shihomi Tonogawa, NY Asian Women's Center (Empowering Women to Live Free from Violence)http://www.nyawc.org

    January 12, 2014

  • avra c.

    Thanks to Caroline and Christopher for tackling a tough subject and for reaching out to inform and engage a broad audience. Hope you will revisit the issue in the future. Individuals can take many actions to make a difference: http://fightslaverynow.org/why-fight-there-are-27-million-reasons/economic-solutions/what-you-can-do/

    January 12, 2014

  • caroline

    Hard topic to watch. Passionate panel and wonderfully engaged audience...just another great meetup!

    January 12, 2014

  • Angie

    Panel was well moderated with a conscious crowd of responsive individuals. Thank you Caroline and Christopher for "knowing your stuff" and pushing for action on the trafficking front.

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • deanna

    I'm a maybe now

    January 11, 2014

  • caroline

    EVENT IS TODAY! Looking forward to meeting everyone later. We plan to start by 4:35pm, we ask everyone to please arrive on time so that you don't interrupt others who are already in the theater out of respect.

    January 11, 2014

  • Patricia V.

    not feeling well

    January 10, 2014

    • caroline

      Feel better Patricia! Be part of the movement by sharing information about today with friends over email or your social networks.

      January 11, 2014

  • Christopher P.

    1 · January 9, 2014

    • theresa R.

      Indonesian dance group will be performing will perform Tari Piring( plate dance) saungbudaya.com

      January 10, 2014

    • theresa R.

      Get your tickets we have 300 people suppose to show up eventbrite will guarantee you in the doors

      January 10, 2014

  • caroline

    Another warm up for our event, tomorrow (1/10) at 1pm the folks at Half the Sky Nicholas Kristof will host a discussion on Google+ with leaders from organizations working to restore freedom, dignity and justice to those who have endured modern-day slavery. Joining them will be: Girls Are Not For Sale's Rachel Lloyd, International Justice Mission's Gary Haugen, Not For Sale's Dave Batstone, and UNICEF's Susan Bissell. RSVP: http://bit.ly/1gIbBLR

    January 9, 2014

  • johanna

    Caroline, I've seen the cocoa documentary you refer to. is this one of the films you're showing Saturday? if so, I didn't recognize it by title. please let me know, thanks. see you then. johanna

    1 · January 9, 2014

    • johanna

      thx avra. how do I get there mañana?

      January 9, 2014

    • avra c.

      Not "mañana", Saturday! Just below Union Square over "Think Coffee" shop. Easy. See ya there...

      January 9, 2014

  • caroline

    Interesting documentary on a non-sex related human trafficking exploitation industry - The Dark Side of the Chocolate Industry. Impacting the lives of children who are trafficked to work at cocoa farms in West Africa. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ6CYIyk4fg

    January 9, 2014

  • avra c.

    Human trafficking is a muti-faceted abuse whose many faces frequently overlap. While sex and labor trafficking constitute the largest categories, other forms include child soldiers, debt bondage, servile marriages, begging and peddling operations, and even organ trafficking.
    For information on all aspects of this crime, you are welcome to visit our website: http://www.FightSlaveryNow.Org

    January 5, 2014

  • Christopher P.

    How to recognize the signs that someone around you may have been trafficked or may be held against her (or his) will:
    http://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/recognizing-the-signs

    January 5, 2014

  • Christopher P.

    Fact sheet on the demand side of sex trafficking from the NY State Anti-Trafficking Coalition:
    http://stophumantraffickingny.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/fact-sheet-on-the-demand-side-of-human-trafficking/

    January 2, 2014

  • caroline

    Although we have focused on sex trafficking, here's a recent story Nicolas Kristof published yesteday on labor slavery in Haiti. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/opinion/kristof-a-girls-escape.html

    January 2, 2014

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