May 14, 2008
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Made by Survivors sells handcrafted products made by survivors and those at risk of being trafficked. Offering economic alternatives to further exploitation, this income-generating project empowers survivors, while giving consumers an opportunity to support them.
Competition: Ending Global Slavery
Deadline: June 18, 2008 | Winners Announced: July 2008
Join Humanity United and Ashoka's Changemakers in "Ending Global Slavery Once and For All: Everyday Heroes Leading the Way," a search to identify innovative approaches to exposing, confronting and ending modern-day slavery around the world. Visit www.changemakers.net to submit entries, collaborate on ideas, and learn more about the coalition of extraordinary individuals uniting to bring about change.
Now through July 28, visit the competition at www.changemakers.net.
Priority Films, 2008 | Cambodia
Shot almost entirely in the brothels of Cambodia, Holly, the story of an American man on a quest to help a 12-year-old girl escape the sex trade, has inspired an international community to action. The film—at times breathtaking, at times gritty—explores the relationship between survivors and the individuals moved to help them. Due in part to the understated, poetic performances of its key actors and the documentary-style filming, Holly manages to depict the complexities of anti-trafficking work while urging viewers to get involved. To learn more about Holly and what you can do to support Priority Films's anti-trafficking campaign, which includes two sister film projects, visit www.redlightchildren.org and www.priorityfilms.com.
Jane Barry & Jelena Đorđević | Urgent Action Fund, 2008 | Global
This piercing book points to activists' lack of self-care as a major barrier in the women's movement and offers refreshing prescriptions. After interviewing over 100 frontline women, including trafficking leaders, from 45 countries, researchers found patterns that were both disturbing and surprising. It was disturbing how many activists are daily managing high levels of chronic stress, exposure to trauma, and enormous workloads. It was surprising that, despite it all, leaders seem to keep going and accept the stress as inevitable. After probing deep on the topic women activists are most uncomfortable talking about—themselves, the authors roll out a laundry list of ways we all can come together to transform this self-defeating culture. Vital suggestions range from an international mobile network of healers, to SOS hotlines for global activists, and self-care gatherings so that activists can have space to celebrate each other and themselves.