The Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers March topic is End Trafficking: Bringing Light to Child Exploitation. Partnering with U.S. Fund for UNICEF, there will be a film screening of Not My Life and a panel discussion.
Not My Life is the first documentary film to depict the practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on five continents over a period of four years, Not My Life unflinchingly, but with enormous dignity and compassion, depicts the unspeakable practices of a multi-billion dollar global industry whose profits, as the film's narration says, "are built on the backs and in the beds of our planet's youth."
The film screening will be followed by a conversation with an expert panel moderated by Lesford Duncan, Global Citizenship Fellow at U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "The panel discussion will shed light on human trafficking both in the United States and abroad and provide attendees with ways to take action to help end this horrific practice," says Duncan.
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Maria Suarez, a survivor of the earliest reported case of modern-day human trafficking in the United States. "I want to use my personal experience to alert others and to help them avoid the same hole I fell into," says Suarez. "I used to blame myself for what happened to me, but now I advocate for prevention and encourage others to talk and look for help."Joining Suarez on the panel will be renowned advocate and recent administrator to the Orange County Human Trafficking Taskforce, Sandie Morgan. "When we begin to understand our role in driving demand for child trafficking, we will confront our own responsibility and begin the serious task of ensuring justice for children exploited in our own neighborhoods or across the globe," says Morgan.
Free and Open to the Public
Free parking is located on 6th St, between Wilshire Blvd. & Arizona Ave. It is located next to/behind a 7-11.
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