ABOUT OUR WORK
Thousands of US minors are victims of trafficking each year. The FBI has rescued over 1,500 kids through their Innocence Lost initiatives in the past couple of years alone. They believe they are just scratching the surface. Unfortunately, those numbers are solid indicators that child trafficking and sexual exploitation is an enormous problem in the US. We are responding in several ways.
US Teen Protection Project (At-Risk and High School Outreach) – Film, photography, and artifacts tell the story of teen victims and survivors of trafficking. Powerful object lessons and interactive discussions centered around the media connect to youth in profound ways. We invite you to participate in this pilot program by hosting iEmpathize for your youth or integrating our mixed media curriculum into your school, classroom, or youth outreach programs. Learn more at Educate
iE’s US intervention project centers around our collaboration with Truckers Against Trafficking. We partner to engage the trucking industry and its 3 million drivers in combatting the child trafficking issue along our nations highways and at truck stops. Our films train drivers, travel plaza employees, and related industry businesses to recognize and respond when they encounter an exploitive situation. At least 230 calls from over 30 states have been made to the national hotline in the last several months since we launched. To inquire about connecting our work to the trucking industry contact us at Send Email.
Our Survivors Fund launches this year to address the needs of US aftercare for minors. Funds are distributed to directly support therapy, medical needs related to victimization, education, and address recidivism.
Media and Influence
In addition to the web, this media campaign has been featured at colleges and high schools, at trucking events with tens of thousands trucking industry professionals in attendance, and by US Homeland Security, and over 10,000 dvd’s have been ordered to train drivers.
ABOUT THIS MEDIA SUITE
Shari’s Story: A Survivor Speaks (Above)
This film was shot on location at the actual locations from Shari’s story.
Producer/Director: Brad Riley || Camera/Editor: Simon Scionca || Music by: Tune Society