Safe Horizonís Voices of Hope: Lessons Learned in the Fight to End Human Trafficking

Posted on: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Keywords: Safe Horizon, Ariel Zwang, Human Trafficking, ArtWorks for Freedom

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Lessons Learned in the Fight to End Human Trafficking

Safe Horizon’s Voices of Hope:
Lessons Learned in the Fight to End Human Trafficking 

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, government partners, funders and supporters of Safe Horizon gathered at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center for Safe Horizon’s Voices of Hope: Lessons Learned in the Fight to End Human Trafficking. The compelling performance by ArtWorks for Freedom and informative panel led by Safe Horizon experts and the survivor-led advocacy group Voices of Hope focused on the many faces of human trafficking, and brought together the lessons Safe Horizon has learned in the past twelve years while combatting the issue. 

The event began with a photographic presentation featuring abstract images of labor and sex trafficking by ArtWorks for Freedom photographer and director Kay Chernush, followed by a dramatic monologue performed by Dawn Akemi Saito, artist-in-residence at Fordham University Lincoln Center and contributing artist at ArtWorks for Freedom. The evening concluded with an informative panel and Q & A moderated by Carol Robles-Roman, Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and featured Avaloy Lanning, Senior Director of Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program, Carolyn Strudwick, Associate Vice President of Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program and Streetwork Project, and John and Juana, two representatives from the Voices of Hope survivor group.

“In observance of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, it was fitting that we came together to discuss the lessons we have learned in the field so that we may better plan for the future. We know that human trafficking can be stopped, and we know from our experience that stemming the tide will take a concerted, coordinated effort by policy makers, law enforcement, service providers, private companies, foundations and ordinary citizens,” said Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon.

“We are so very proud of John and Juana, and the organization’s supporters, government partners and staff for their incredible leadership, courage and participation to help make Voices of Hope: Lessons Learned in the Fight to End Human Trafficking an informative and successful event,” said Avaloy Lanning.

To read more on Safe Horizon’s Lessons Learned to End Human Trafficking click here.

Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program, the largest anti-trafficking program on the East Coast, has provided survivors with a multifaceted, rights-based response to abuse since 2001. Our expert staff trains and educates law enforcement, government, health care providers and other nonprofit agencies so they can identify and assist victims more effectively. At the same time, our staff also advocates for improvements in anti-trafficking legislation, increased resources and better protections for trafficked persons. As of this year, Safe Horizon has supported more than 530 survivors from over 60 countries. This includes survivors compelled against their will into forced labor and the commercial sex industry.

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