January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
"Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations." - Department of Homeland Security
Not My Life: The Global Impact of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
"Not My Life is the first film to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale.
Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day, through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering.
"Human traffickers are earning billions of dollars on the backs and in the beds of our children," says the film's director, Academy Award nominee, Robert Bilheimer, "and yet no one knows this is happening." We have a huge responsibility, right now, to learn the truth and act on it.
Challenging though it may be, Not My Life's message is ultimately one of hope. Victims of slavery can be set free and go on to live happy and productive lives. Those who advocate for slavery victims are growing in numbers, and are increasingly effective. At this crossroads for the defining human rights issue of our time, Not My Life tells us, as the late Jonathan Mann said, "We can no longer flee, no longer hide, no longer separate ourselves."
"Not My Life is a 'visual' representing UNICEF's work in child protection and will be an invaluable tool in our advocacy and fundraising. The film binds countries on five continents with one simple theme that transcends class, caste and wealth - anything can be bought and sold in our times. The director shows us why and where children are trafficked and abused, helps us understand how to prevent it, and how to respond to those who need our help. Not My Life will change the way we see our lives, in some very fundamental ways." - Susan Bissell, Chief, Child Protection Section UNICEF.
"Bob Bilheimer's extraordinary film about the global AIDS epidemic, A Closer Walk, was a thoughtful, powerful, and deeply compassionate depiction of one of the greatest public health tragedies in human history. I am tremendously pleased that Bob has now followed this film up with Not My Life, his new documentary about human trafficking and its impact on people's lives. As did A Closer Walk, I am sure that Not My Life will stimulate each and every one of us to make the world in which we live a more just, caring, and humane place." - Helene D. Gayle MD, MPH, President and CEO, CARE USA." - Kanopy
Running time; 65 minutes Year: 2011 Not Rated
Human Trafficking Awareness Training at SJR State
Join us as Open Doors educates us on what trafficking really looks like in Florida by exploring the complexities of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation Wheel. Through the use of stories participants will learn what choice looks like in the context of trafficking. Participants will know how to better interact with individuals who have experienced complex trauma and how to better advocate for youth and young adults with system involvement.
Presented by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and SJR State Green Dot. Hosted by Dr. Melissa Perry and the Adult Education Department.
All are welcome to this free event.