Events Planned for Second Human Trafficking Awareness Week
The second annual Human Trafficking Awareness Week will take place this month at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and School of Music Jan. 26 through Jan. 31. Each of the events scheduled throughout the week is designed to help bring awareness to this important issue. The Moritz community is encouraged to take part in any or all of the following:
Monday, Jan. 26
Noon: Information session on the Greif Fellowship in Juvenile Human Trafficking in the Public Service Law Center, located on the first floor. This program is devoted to providing legal representation and advice to child victims of human sex and labor trafficking in Ohio. Established in 2013 with grant funding from the Greif Packaging Charitable Trust, the one-year fellowship provides valuable experience early in an Ohio State law graduate’s career.
Wednesday, Jan. 28:
Noon: Panel discussion, “Navigating the Immigration System: Unaccompanied Minors,” sponsored by the Immigration Law Society and the Latino Law Student Association in Saxbe Auditorium. The event will feature immigration attorney Amy Bittner of Muchnicki & Bittner, LLP; Professor Kimberly Jordan of the Moritz Justice for Children Clinic; and two individuals who were themselves unaccompanied minors when they came to the United States. The discussion will focus on the legal issues surrounding the current surge of unaccompanied minors in the U.S. Lunch will be provided.
4 p.m.: Screening in Saxbe Auditorium of Very Young Girls, a documentary exposing the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows barely adolescent girls in real time, using vérité and intimate interviews, documenting their struggles and triumphs as they seek to exit the commercial sex industry. The film also uses startling footage shot by pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of exploitation begins for many women.
Thursday, Jan. 29:
8 p.m.: Screening of Very Young Girls at Weigel Hall, located at 1866 College Road. Detective Aaron Dennis and Michelle Hannan of the Salvation Army will debrief the audience after the film.
Friday, Jan. 30:
8 p.m.: Feature Performance by Rachel Lloyd and The Ohio State University Women’s Glee Club at Weigel Hall. At age 23, Rachel Lloyd founded Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS). Driven by the lack of services for trafficked girls and the incredible punishment they faced from service providers, law enforcement, the courts, family, and society, she has helped shift the perception of trafficked girls from criminals to victims, and now to survivors and leaders. GEMS is now the largest service provider of its kind in the nation providing intensive services and support to over 350 girls and young women, and preventive outreach and education to 1,500 youth. The Women’s Glee Club will present a sonic rendering of Rachel’s book Girls Like Us. Each chapter will be paired with a musical selection. The evening will finish with the keynote address given by Lloyd.
Saturday, Jan. 31:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: CF Festival Chorus held at Weigel Hall. Women of all ages are welcome to participate in the Concept: Freedom Festival Chorus. Rehearsal will begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day, culminating in a performance at 4 p.m., which will be free and open to the public. In addition to musical collaboration, participants will have the option to attend interest sessions in the afternoon. Freedom a la Cart; Survivors Ink; Judge Paul M. Herbert, founder of the CATCH Court; She Has a Name; The Well; and Ohio State University faculty will all contribute to the conversation during those sessions. Cost to participate in the Festival Chorus is $20. Register online at http://music.osu.edu/festival-choir-registration before Jan. 19.
8 p.m.: UNCHAINED Fashion Show at Weigel Hall. UNCHAINED is a performance art fashion show designed to ignite abolitionists to the cause. It provides a holistic approach to activism by raising awareness, preventing recruitment among youth in schools, and working toward the restoration of survivors. Designed by Project Runway’s Korto Momolu, the collection was first purposed to celebrate women in the aftermath of the Liberian Civil War. For UNCHAINED, a narration shares the journey of a female human trafficking survivor from innocence to violation to restoration. Judge Paul M. Herbert, founder of the CATCH Court, will speak prior to the show’s start. The cost to attend is $10.