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Dear Supporter,

Summer greetings! It’s that lazy time of year. The days stretch out and we all tend to slow down a bit, reflect, and recharge our batteries. And this summer, our seventh anniversary, is a good time to celebrate the everyday people who’ve helped ArtWorks for Freedom bring awareness of human trafficking to communities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

As we have mounted campaigns in cities like Jacksonville, Florida, Atlanta, Singapore and in the District of Columbia, we’ve been able to witness creative alliances form between artists, activists, academics, students, law enforcement, clergy, and those who are just learning about human trafficking. We’ve also seen leaders emerge who care about the fight to end human trafficking and become indelibly committed to the cause. Seeing the passion of our community partners inspires us to keep going which is why we are thrilled to celebrate them in our “Little Book of Big Heroes."

If you’re still wondering what you can do to prevent human trafficking, one small step is to purchase our “Little Book of Big Heroes.” It makes a great gift and proceeds will help us continue to raise widespread awareness - one of the critical first steps in preventing human trafficking. And for more suggestions of what you can do, check out our online toolkit 30actions30days.org. Let us know what you are doing to #confronthumantrafficking.

This summer we are also honored to welcome new partners, including Vital Voices, which champions women’s leadership and empowerment; HOPE Court, which helps D.C. child victims of commercial sex exploitation; and Community Forklift, a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement supplies. These three organizations will join us in creating new Golden Doors to Freedom this fall. Read more below!

We’d love to hear from you at any time.  Have a happy summer!

Kay Chernush
Founder & Artistic Director, ArtWorks for Freedom

New Book The Little Book of Big Heroes

Shop Our New Book, 'The Little Book of Big Heroes'!

Big news! We've published our first book, "The Little Book of Big Heroes" paying homage to the community heroes fighting human trafficking every day. Written by our former executive director Michele Clark and designed by Rakan Jawdat of Papyrus Design, we share the stories of 10 individuals from different backgrounds who are united by a common thread: taking action to confront human trafficking right where they are!

You can purchase "The Little Book of Big Heroes" and support our ongoing efforts to raise awareness through the power of art, and get inspired to take action in your community!

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Installation at Union Station

Union Station DC Hosted "Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking" In June

In June, ArtWorks partnered with Union Station DC to host our large-scale installation "Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking" by Kay Chernush for a 10 day exhibition. It was a fantastic venue! The exhibit was installed in the Grand Hall and gave us the opportunity to reach tens of thousands of visitors who pass through Union Station DC every day with the searing images and stories of human trafficking survivors depicted in the installation. An opening day ceremony was also held, featuring opening remarks from: Kenya Davis, Assistant United States Attorney and co-chair of the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force; Barbara Amaya, survivor, author, trainer and advocate; and Mick McKeown, Executive Director of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council and Blue Campaign.

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Photo: Courtesy of Vital Voices Global Leadership Partnership


New Partner Vital Voices To Create a Golden Door to Freedom this September

Vital Voices is a global nonprofit organization that believes in the power of women supporting each other’s efforts to lead global problem solving. This September, ArtWorks for Freedom will partner with Vital Voices and facilitate the creation of a new Golden Door to Freedom along with visiting women leaders who are fighting human trafficking around the world.

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Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement supplies that is providing two antique doors for our upcoming Golden Doors to Freedom project.

“We’re glad to be a part of this effort with ArtWorks for Freedom and to be able to take a stand and say we know human trafficking is here, and we’re not okay with it.” - Ruthie Mundell, Community Forklift Outreach and Education Director

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Watch Action DC! A Look Back

Watch & Share: ArtWorks for Freedom ACTION DC! A Look Back

Check out our new video looking back at our ACTION DC! campaign from the fall of last year. The video captures the voices of our community partners and artists sharing why art is such a powerful force to bring awareness and activate action against human trafficking. This is a great video to share with your friends to let them know why you support ArtWorks for Freedom!

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Why donate to ArtWorks for Freedom? Because you can help us get at the problem before it happens! We focus on raising awareness as a critical first step in preventing trafficking by bringing it out of the shadows. See something, do something! Your donations to ArtWorks for Freedom help us host campaigns and raise awareness across the country.

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