Are you an artist, or do you know someone who is? Get involved by visiting the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) for more information on how you can help prevent human trafficking. The art from this juried, local art show and awareness event will be on display at the Lemoyne Center for Visual Arts on January 27 – 31, 2017, from 5:30 – 7:30pm and prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded during an evening reception and featured on STAC’s website and in local media.
Using the theme: “Imagining Freedom: A Call to End Human Trafficking” artists are encouraged to submit works focused on human trafficking. This can include depictions of the global and local contextual realities that are breeding grounds for exploitation, the survivor’s journey to freedom, or images that promote greater understanding and community support for human trafficking survivors and for bringing the traffickers to justice. There is no entry fee.
STAC has issued a “Call to Artists” to join them and the Lemoyne Center for Visual Arts in a community wide effort of human trafficking prevention and awareness. The Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center’s mission is to help victims of trafficking and raise awareness of human trafficking in the Big Bend. Human trafficking is an epidemic that no country is immune from. Since these incidents first began to be reported through victim hotlines, and anonymous tips thousands of cases have been created as a direct result of human prevention, and intervention.
However, the U.S. Department of State estimates that nearly 600,000 to 800,000 victims are trafficked across international borders every year. Sadly, a vast majority of these victims are female and approximately half are children. Human trafficking, often called “modern day slavery,” includes both forced labor and sexual exploitation. If you would like to learn more about the national effort to combat contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline or your local resources as seen on the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center website.
Robin Hassler Thompson, Executive Director, The Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC)