Last month during Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January, ArtWorks for Freedom joined new partners to bring awareness to the issues of human trafficking and modern slavery.
In Biddeford, Maine we partnered with Engine, Hope Rising and Just a Moment Gallery to exhibit “Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking.” Hope Rising is Maine’s first residential treatment program and safe house for human trafficking survivors, and Engine is a nonprofit arts organization that strives to make art a civic priority with its gallery, studio, and makers and event spaces. After Hope Rising volunteer Louise Merriman came up with an idea for a human trafficking awareness event, Engine Executive Director Tammy Ackerman researched and found ArtWorks for Freedom. A partnership was born! We were thrilled to be a part of this important project for the local Biddeford community.
Also in January for Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we teamed up with Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center for their month-long series of awareness events aimed at advancing the health sector’s role in combating human trafficking in Houston, Texas.
Our exhibit “Borderless Captivity” was on display during the month of January at the Houston coffee shop A 2nd Cup, which uses coffee sales to fund anti-trafficking efforts in Houston while simultaneously raising awareness throughout the community. The exhibit also featured the Red Sand Project.
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