Tallahassee is recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Month by bringing the community together for fellowship and dialogue. January will be filled with Human Trafficking 101 presentations at the local libraries, a symposium at a local church, a film screening about this horrific crime, as well as a fundraiser for a new nonprofit that will assist victims of human trafficking.
On Monday, January 11, 2016 the Tallahassee Women Lawyer’s Luncheon welcomes a discussion about human trafficking and the law at the Hotel Duval. The prevalence of human trafficking, legislation and current efforts to combat this crime will also be a part of the dialogue.
On Wednesday, January 13, 2016 a presentation on building awareness and taking action will be on the agenda at the Dr. B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library. The basics of human trafficking will be discussed, what needs to be done in the community, and how to take action to build awareness about trafficking; as well as how to help victims, and hold perpetrators accountable
A very necessary discussion will take place for the area that includes the faith community. The Tallahassee Symposium on Human Trafficking will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church. This symposium, which is free and open to the whole community, is a practical way that people of faith can come together in the state capital to honor the God-given dignity of every human being.
On Sunday, January 24, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at the FSU Student Life Cinema, there will be a film screening of In Plain Sight. The goal of In Plain Sight is to raise awareness of the thousands of women and children who are forced, coerced, or deceived into the commercial sex trade each year in the United States. This screening will be followed by a panel discussion and the opportunity for questions.
Lastly, but so very exciting is that internationally known artist, Stuart Riordan teams up with Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) to display her heart-tugging and thought-provoking pieces depicting labor and sex trafficking. LeMoyne Center for Visual Arts is displaying her work during a fundraiser on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The fundraiser benefits STAC which seeks to collaborate to provide needed services to victims such as shelter, case management, health care, legal services, education, job assistance, and counseling.
“Imagining Freedom, the Art of Stuart Riordan” will undoubtedly provide a visual of the harsh realities of trafficking and set the mind on a quest for advocacy and resolution.
This will be an evening of evocative art, amazing music, delicious food and advocacy on behalf of human trafficking survivors. The event will also include music by local band Tocamos Mas, food provided by Vertigo, and informational tables with educational resources and materials.
Event admission is $20 and can be purchased at the door or at www.stac.brownpapertickets.com
For more information about STAC please see http://www.oldfirstchurch.org/ministries/anti-human-trafficking-partners… or contact STAC@surviveandthriveadvocacy.org