Human trafficking is a huge problem throughout this country. Want to get involved? Here are a few sites to explore that will help steer you in the right direction.
Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. Their comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what they do – which includes helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.
Shared Hope International
Shared Hope International is dedicated to bringing an end to sex trafficking through a three-pronged approach—prevent, restore, and bring justice. They equip first responders and community members to identify warning signs of trafficking and employ intervention techniques to rescue child trafficking victims. They advance the prioritization of ending child sex slavery by initiating campaigns that raise alarm in communities. They share expertise and resources to accelerate solutions to combat sexual exploitation.
International Justice Mission
The International Justice Mission initiative is a global organization that protects the poor from violence in developing countries. They target slavery, sex trafficking, sexual violence, police brutality, property grabbing, and citizens’ rights abuse. Their team includes more than 750 lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals at work through 17 field offices.
Habitat For Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville serves four counties: Davidson, Wilson, Dickson, and Cheatham, with ReStores located in Davidson, Wilson, and Dickson counties. Since it was established in 1985, Habitat of Greater Nashville has built or recycled more than 1,060 homes, more than 770 locally, and served more than 2,600 family members including 1,700 children. The habitat of Greater Nashville is ranked as the 21st largest residential builder in Middle Tennessee and is ranked 11th out of more than 1,300 national affiliates in the number of homes built. Habitat of Greater Nashville has received numerous awards for green building practices and sustainability.
At The End of Slavery
In a world where 45 million children, women, and men live as modern-day slaves, the fight for justice cannot wait. At the End of Slavery: The Battle for Justice in Our Time takes you inside the violent and ugly business of slavery, from the brothels of the Philippines to the brick kilns of India. Undercover footage, first-person testimony from former slaves and respected experts expose the enormity of the crime, but a remarkable strategy and the courage of today’s abolitionists offer hope for a final end to this brutal trade. At the End of Slavery is a clarion call to every viewer to join the movement to end slavery in our lifetime. A film alone cannot end slavery, but together we can.
Half the Sky
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide was filmed in 10 countries and follows Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe, oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world, women are seizing this opportunity.
In Plain Sight
Envisioned and developed by Awaken Media, In Plain Sight seeks 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. Through the mediums of a documentary film, study guide, and accompanying benefit music album, we open the eyes of the average American to what’s happening “in plain sight” – the exploitation of thousands of people in their own communities without them even being aware.
“Chosen, a documentary by Shared Hope International, tells the shocking true story of two ‘All-American’ teenage girls tricked into trafficking…Both were manipulated. Both were exploited. Both were chosen.”
Born into Brothels
Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city’s notorious red light district.
Freedom: Indifference is Not an Option
Freedom: Indifference is Not an Option is a short, moving film that tells the stories of three people in three different parts of the world who were once held captive as modern-day slaves but are now free.
Not For Sale
“Based on the book Not for Sale by David Batstone, this DVD covers what modern-day abolitionists are doing to fight the rampant terrors of human trafficking in the US and abroad.”
Not My Life
Not My Life comprehensively depicts 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 through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, sex tourism, sexual exploitation, and child soldiering.
Red Light Green Light
As nations around the globe attempt to fight sex trafficking, many consider legalizing prostitution. Two filmmakers travel across ten countries to explore the issue, attempting to answer the question:
“How can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place?”
Though governments are getting better at prosecuting traffickers and providing aftercare to victims, it is time we begin to ask the question of what lies at the root.
A Tangled Mercy
By: Joy Jordan-Lake
A Tangled Mercy is a timely read about love, loss, and forgiveness. After her mother’s death, Kate Drayton suddenly abandons her Harvard lecture and travels to Charleston for answers regarding her parents’ splintered relationship. Uncertain as to why her mother was consumed with researching Charleston’s 1822 slave rebellion and why her late father removed himself from the family when Kate was a child, Kate seeks to speak with a handful of Charleston locals who she believes can lead her to the truth. In an alternate perspective from nearly two hundred years earlier, blacksmith Tom Russell is torn between supplying weapons for the secret slave rebellion or eluding probable death and protecting the woman he loves.
By: Dr. Hal Hadden
Jesus came to earth so that we can have a personal relationship with God. Unfortunately, most so-called “Christians” are either bored with their relationship with God or they are going through the motions via hollow religious activity. Many have accepted or even rejected the wrong Jesus. Love Jesus lays out how Jesus came to be “with us” and even “in us” in a oneness love-relationship. In that relationship, God truly becomes our Father.
I Was Anastasia
By: Ariel Lawhon
Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed.
Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia.
Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson. As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened. With a brilliantly crafted dual narrative structure, Lawhon wades into the most psychologically complex and emotionally compelling territory yet: the nature of identity itself. The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov creates a saga that spans fifty years and touches three continents. This thrilling story is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.
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