A panel discussion and lunch, making red sand designs on a campus walkway, and a play about a teen who became an easy target for a trafficker--all three activities were events held the week of January 21 to raise awareness about human trafficking. The week ended with a speaking event.
The panel and lunch was organized by local chapters of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Virginia. Michele Trampe served as one of the panel members. The Red Sand Project, our third year participating, was a joint effort between CVJI, RCASA and UMW Office of Title IX and Center for Prevention Education. We handed out information and bags of sand to more than 100 people passing by. Many were students. And the play "Between the Cracks," was written by Derick Brown and performed by The Rude Mechanicals in Lee Hall at UMW campus. We're planning additional performances. Details to come.
We held trainings two weekends in a row. The first was Part Two for volunteers who will provide Crisis Support to survivors of human trafficking. Qualifications include completion of 40 hours of online training through the Office of Victims of Crime. The second was general training for new volunteers. More details to come on Crisis Support and how you can help with this new initiative.
The movies are free and we will also send a member of our organization to answer any questions afterward. Currently we have the rights to show Not My Life, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, and Finding Faith. These movies cover a wide age range from elementary to adult and are a great option for any group. If interested, send us an email here and let us know your group name, location, age range, and date desired.