Historically media has been used to articulate the voice of justice movements and inspire involvement. During the transatlantic slave trade, actual slave artifacts and media of the day were key in awakening people to abolition. Since we can’t always bring you to the kids, we bring the kids to you. We use a mix of film, photography, artifacts, and sounds to communicate the modern issue and tell the stories of the kids we serve. Each frame of our films, the photography, and the artifacts are authentic to the kids and locations of their stories. Artifacts bring something tangible from a victim’s space to your space. Artifacts become a powerful alternative to the poster child method of communicating which often re-exploits the victim. We don’t stage shots. The images are true to the moment.
Media Policy Concerning Victims and Survivors
- Under no circumstances do we show faces of victims who are minors. Occasionally, at-risk kid’s faces are shown with permission.
- Adult survivors and faces appear in our media with an understanding of the purpose and with permission.
- More graphic exhibit images are shown in a controlled environment with no cameras permitted.
There are three purposes for our media:
- The foremost goal is to create a platform for survivors to tell their stories to at-risk kids. Examples of this include our prevention projects to Mexican street kids and our mixed media prevention curriculum in development for Russian orphans and at-risk youth in the US.
- We also engage influencers and related industry with our media campaigns. We bridge the gap between the kids we serve and those who can make a difference. Examples of this include how we educate government leaders in Mexico and train the trucking industry to recognize and respond to trafficking situations.
- Lastly, we believe that educating the public and inspiring culture to empathize and engage is the ultimate solution. Our public media campaigns and events have proven to profoundly impact our audiences. We produce immersive media events for universities, museums/galleries, theaters, concerts, faith communities, conferences, etc.
In the end, our media contributes to the rescues of kids, the influence of leaders, and inspires the the public to empathize and engage.
“iEmpathize’s impactful and moving media was incorporated into the Women in the World Summit’s video introduction for a segment on the perils facing women and girls in Mexico and Central America. The brilliant and original footage informed, engaged and inspired our audience. We are so grateful for the partnership with iEmpathize and hope we can work together on women’s issues in the future.”
Alyse Walsh Producer, Newsweek/Daily Beast
“I have been inspired by the creativity that has emerged from [iEmpathize’s] desire to preserve dignity [of the survivors.] To use artifacts that tell a story takes the viewer out of the usual and expected response of visuals of sad and pitied faces of 8 year old girls into a broader and more diverse way of showing the issues but also those local heroes and their passion to see change in their own country. This inspires us to respond out of passion and hope rather than pity and helplessness…”
Helen Sworn, President, Chab Dai, Cambodia
“Should you choose to host iEmpathize for an Empathy Event, be warned: You will never be the same…” “It is not more facts or statistics about human trafficking. It is smiling faces of children who are brutalized, the glancing eyes of young men made to perform sex, the names of young women forced into brothels that confronts you, breaks your heart, and disturbs your soul. Yet, through this, and the passionate, broken hearts of the iEmpathize Team the light of hope shines bright… for through this experience we learn, not only about the problem, but how we can be a part of ending human trafficking. We chose to host an Empathy Event: We are not the same, and for that we are grateful.”
Michael Hidalgo, Denver Community Church