Harm(onic) Reduction - A Movement To End Child Trafficking
Organized by: Stellium Music
HUMAN TRAFFICKING FACTS
$150 Billion - The size of the human trafficking "industry" globally. (The International Labour Organization)
2 Million Children - The number of children exploited in the global sex trade. Each year as many as 100,000 American children are trafficked in the U.S. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
11-14 Years Old - The average age of a sex trafficking victim in the United States. (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
Fourth Ranked Destination in U.S. - California (National Human Trafficking Resource Center) 80% of reported human trafficking cases in California occurred in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego. (H.E.A.T. Watch)
The issue of child trafficking is overwhelming so it’s easy to underestimate what we as individuals can do to help fight it. The first step comes in creating awareness. By acknowledging the prevalence of this issue within our community, we can begin working toward helping those who have been victims of trafficking to end the cruel cycle.
The second step is taking action. Become an advocate. Educate your friends and family and then begin making change in your community. Support the organizations that are fighting everyday with limited resources and funding. We are thankful for all of the ones that are here in the Bay Area:
Local citizens can help their communities by uniting, holding their local political leaders and law enforcement accountable, and demanding change. Although many officials are doing the best they can with limited resources and time, all leaders must be held accountable. At a time when trafficking cases in the Bay Area continue to be far too prevalent, it is paramount that the leaders of our society – on whom we place our trust and who we expect to protect us – stay true to the values of their position, instead of ignoring their responsibility as government leadersand becoming part of the problem, rather than the solution.
Through Harm(onic) Reduction, we want to reiterate the sense of urgency on the issue of human trafficking, encourage people to take a stand and refuse to do nothing.
ART AS A TOOL FOR FREEDOM
The Stellium Team is made up of activists and artists. Art transcends cultures and borders and is an effective tool for carrying narratives and emotions, and making people across borders create deep human connections. Artists and social activists have the power to join together for a common cause. This is a gift and a challenge we share with our audience and artists: to use music and the arts to build a freer and more just world. In this way, Stellium empowers everyone to become heroes and freedom fighters against modern day slavery.
Stellium supports the following organizations made up of people devoting their lives to saving children from being trafficked.
We chose to support PROTECT so we could help arm children with the knowledge to avoid being trafficked to begin with. PROTECT will deliver lesson modules via Collaborative Knowledge which includes a learning management system, knowledgebase, expert locator and more. The modules are designed to be delivered sequentially to students in 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades. These modules provide a comprehensive understanding of the dangers, signs and historical roots of human trafficking. The goals are to empower students with a better understanding of their individual value, identify victims at the earliest possible stage, and respond appropriately with the services and support victims and those at-risk require.
Learn more: http://protectnow.org
Stellium will support VF’s empowerment programs and other anti-trafficking campaigns. VF is globally celebrated for its holistic interventions to end human trafficking and modern day slavery. Its programs and services encompass the four key result areas identified by the United Nations in addressing Trafficking in Persons, namely: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnership. The organization has saved over 20,000 including a 1-year-old from cyber sex trafficking.
Learn more: http:/visayanforum.org