If you are reading this, you are free. Cherish, embrace, and be thankful for your freedom. Millions of people across the globe are not. Instead, they are living in the hell of modern-day slavery, which is hidden, ignored, and growing exponentially. Only the free can rescue the enslaved.
Freedom Week was born from the belief that in order to fight the massive industry of human trafficking, today’s abolitionists must be equally coordinated and sophisticated. By uniting our efforts and consolidating resources, we can amplify attention on the issue, creating a broader voting base to push forward necessary legislation, regulation and funding, as well as educate, empower and inspire a rising tide of activists.
Freedom Week is the launching point for these goals with an annual week of cultural and academic events. We believe human trafficking and slavery can be eradicated, but it begins with shining a light on this dark industry and galvanizing the public to take action.
Be A Bio.Grapher
Date/Time/Location: Online and on-going through October 7th at BeABiographer.com
Presented by: The Blind Project
SOLD: based on the novel by Patricia McCormick
Location: Sweet Carolines, 322 W 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.
Presented by: The Not For Sale Campaign
Don't miss the stage production of SOLD. Based on the award-winning novel by Patricia McCormick and adapted for the stage by writer Tessa Hauptman and director Jennifer Mulligan, SOLD highlights the realities of human trafficking in today's society. Set inside the walls of a brothel, the play of one young girl. Following each performance will be an opportunity to learn about a wide variety ways to fight human trafficking, and to purchase products from the Freedom Store, including David Batstone's popular book! Sales support prevention and aftercare projects, as well as the efforts of Not For Sale here in New York. ** Please come early ** to ALL performances, as the staging of the play does not allow latecomers to enter! Please also be advised, for those with perfume/olfactory sensitivities, that artificial smells may be used in the staging of this play.
The Center for the Women of New York Walkathon
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, September 25th, 10am, Fort Totten Park, Queens
Presented by: The Center for the Women of New York
Price: A minimum of $15 in donations is required to participate as a Registered Walker ($10 for students).
Date/Time/Location: Wednesday, September 29th, at the NYU Kimmel Center, room 914, 60 Washington Square South.
Presented by: The Not For Sale Campaign, in partnership with the NYU (Gamma) chapter of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.
An opportunity for men to openly and honestly discuss the interactions of sex trafficking and society: How does our culture support or inhibit sex trafficking? In what ways can it or should it change? How much ability and responsibility does each of us have to make a difference? The conversation will be moderated by Jonathan Walton of the New York City Urban Project.
Date/Time/Location: Thursday, September 30th, 7-9 pm, at Tela Design Studio, 31 Little West 12th Street
Increased Rights, Decreased Trafficking: Connections between Worker's Rights and Human Trafficking
Date/Time/Location: Thursday, September 30th, 8-9 pm, Columbia School of Social Work, 122nd & Amsterdam, northeast corner, Classroom C 09
Shadowlands and Hold Sway Dance Performances
Date/Time/Location: Friday, October 1st, 8pm, at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St between First and Second Avenues.
Presented by: Love146, featuring the works of Sarah Council Dance Projects, with special guest speaker Faith Huckel of Restore.
Join us for an evening of provocative modern dance, compelling speakers and an interactive expert panel as we explore the lives of women trapped in a life of sex slavery, and then begin to address the ways in which we can fight against it and make a lasting change. Also, we will be collecting gently used t-shirts at the door to donate to the efforts of Hello Rewind. Don't miss a great opportunity to clean out your closet for a worthy cause.
Film Shorts and Panel on Child Labor Slavery
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, October 2nd, 4-6 pm, at the NYU Kimmel Center, 4th Floor Auditorium, 60 Washington Square South.
Presented by: Against Child Trafficking (ACT)
An Evening of Poetry
Date/Time/Location: Sunday, October 3rd, 4-6pm, at Verlaine Bar, 110 Rivington Street (between Essex and Ludlow Streets)
Presented by: The Freedom Week Planning Committee
Date/Time/Location: Monday, October 4th, 7pm, at 74 Trinity Place (between Rector and Thames Streets)
Presented by: The Not For Sale Campaign
Awareness to Abolition
Date/Time/Location: Friday, October 8th, 8pm, at Calvary Baptist Church, 123 West 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.
Presented by: Calvary Baptist Church, featuring Deirdre Mars of the Not For Sale Campaign and Jonathan Walton of New York City Urban Project
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, October 9th, Lincoln Center. Check in from 9:00 a.m., walk begins at 10:00 a.m.