Join us in combating human trafficking by donating to support our Freedom in Action Conference!
Thank you for the continued support and donations! Today is the last day to help us reach our goal of $3,000 in order to include survivor perspectives in our conference. This additional money will go towards travel expenses and speaker fees for the survivors who will be coming to share their lived experiences with us.
We, the Anti-Trafficking Coalition at Berkeley, are a group of student activists from diverse backgrounds and fields of interest, dedicated to challenging normative perceptions of human trafficking, fostering survivor-sensitive dialogues, and engaging our community to become a unified voice against human trafficking in all of its forms.
Did you know that, “According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, California consistently has the highest number of human trafficking incidents reported in the United States” (H.E.A.T. Watch)? Human trafficking is both a local and global issue that we plan to discuss during our Freedom in Action Conference on March 1, 2020.
First held in 2014, the Freedom in Action Conference brings together students, professionals, and community members from around the Bay Area to discuss the issue of human trafficking at home and abroad. It’s put on in partnership with the McCain Institute and Blum Center for Developing Economies and is made possible through donations and community support.
Our upcoming Freedom in Action Conference centers on the theme of vulnerability: deconstructing the policies and overlapping power hierarchies that make communities more vulnerable to human trafficking. Understanding systemic inequities and how to engage with these social systems is paramount for activists to effectively combat human trafficking. This year's Freedom in Action Conference provides an opportunity to explore why trafficked victims of color are often incarcerated; deconstruct why children under Child Protection Services are more vulnerable to trafficking; learn why substance use and being HIV positive often leads to being a victim of sex trafficking; engage with the systems that often bind immigrants to trafficking; and expose the systematic prejudices and social structures that cause homeless youth and those identifying as LGBTQ+ to be trafficked.
Our keynote speaker, Lindsay Rosenthal, leads The Initiative to End Girls’ Incarceration. She has been pivotal in the anti-trafficking movement and exposed the “Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline,” bringing awareness to the widespread incarceration of girls of color as a direct result of their status as survivors of trafficking and sexual violence.
Human trafficking is not ignorant of race, class, justice system involvement, substance use, homelessness, HIV diagnosis, immigration status, or gender identity-- it is reinforced and perpetuated by complex structures. Through the power of community engagement and informed dialogue, we can make a difference and help build a world where freedom is a universal reality. But we can't do it alone. We need yourhelp—will you join us in the fight against modern-day slavery? Your donation of $5 or greater supports a unified community voice against human trafficking.
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." - Nelson Mandela
Please join us in combating human trafficking by donating to our organization and supporting our Freedom in Action Conference!
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