ABOUT OUR WORK
Mexico’s organized crime problem has aggressively expanded into child trafficking. The government is unsure of how many children in the country are bought and sold for sex daily by the cartel and pimps. In Mexico City alone, it is believed that 10,000 girls are victims of sexual exploitation. UNICEF believes that 240,000 abandoned children live on the streets of Mexico City and over 90% have had a sexual encounter with an adult (usually to survive). We work with these children through prevention projects. We fund and collaborate with a safe home movement for survivors. We provide media for the Mexican Congress’ Commission to End Human Trafficking. Our work is focused in Mexico City and rapidly expanding to the southern border of Mexico and on both sides of the US/Mexico border.
We continue to maintain collaborative relationships with street outreaches to orphaned and abandoned children. We strategize with local non-profit leaders on how to best educate the staff and kids on how to recognize and respond to trafficking situations. We are adapting our media to develop a mixed media curriculum for street outreaches and schools throughout Mexico. The Mexico Teen Protection Project will feature film, photography, and artifacts telling the story of teen victims and survivors of sex trafficking. Object lessons and interactive discussion about the media connect to youth in profound ways. We have many invitations and we are raising funds for this project. If you would like to help donate today.
Our Survivors Fund for Mexico launched last year raising over $30,000 to address the needs of aftercare for minors. Funds are distributed to directly support housing, food, clothes, therapy, medical needs related to victimization, education, and address recidivism. We specifically partner with Camino a Casa providing 25 beds for child and teen survivors and a transition program for girls aging out. Over 100 girls have received long or short term care with over 80 prosecutions of their victimizers.
Media and Influence
We work directly with Mexico Congress’ Commission to End Human Trafficking. Screenings and media installations contributing to the passing of mass anti-trafficking legislation were experienced by Mexico’s 1st Lady, Congress, the Attorney General and her staff, governor’s wives, the US Embassy and more. Our media has also been featured in a book benefiting child survivors, on billboards and television broadcasts including upcoming US features with CNN and Newsweek.
ABOUT THIS MEDIA SUITE
The Way Home: This film was shot at the actual locations from the girls’ stories.
Producer/Director Brad Riley || Camera/Editor Simon Scionca || Tijuana Camera Tim Hill || Music by Tune Society with a special edition score by Jonny Rodgers
Photography by Peter Gibson, Simon Scionka, Artifact images by Megan Newton