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Dear Supporter,

Earlier this month, the winners of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize were announced. The honor went to two activists - Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege - who have been working tirelessly to end war-time sexual violence. Nadia Murad’s story, in particular, has captured the world’s attention as more people are now hearing the horrific details of her captivity as an Islamic State sex slave. Nadia Murad has become a global voice in the fight against human trafficking, having been named the United Nation’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking in 2016 at the age of 23. In an excerpt from her autobiography, “The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State,” recently published in The Guardian, Nadia proclaimed:

“I want to be the last girl in the world with a story like mine.”

I don’t know about you, but hearing stories like Nadia’s reminds me why ArtWorks for Freedom exists. As the founder of ArtWorks, my goal has always been to amplify stories of survivors, like Nadia, so that people unaware of this crime become impassioned to learn more and take action to prevent it in their own way. To succeed, this movement has to belong to all of us…not just me. That’s why I’m excited to share that we are currently seeking new leadership to transition ArtWorks into 2019 and beyond.

But not to worry! ArtWorks is active and continuing our work just as we have for the past seven years. The fight to end human trafficking hasn’t stopped, and neither shall we—which is why we are asking for your support now more than ever. Your donations to ArtWorks help us continue to forge new partnerships and collaborations like the ones we highlight in this quarterly newsletter.

Plus, coming up in January we will be in Fort Myers Florida, partnering with Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships and Florida Southwestern State College with exhibits, films and panel discussions during Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Then in February, we will be in Key West, at the Studios of Key West and Higgs Beach. Looking toward the future, along with our campaigns, we also anticipate adding exhibitions of our Golden Doors to Freedom in U.S. and international airports, and establishing a youth award program to help young engaged artists use their creativity to confront human trafficking.

There is much to be done, and your continued donations to ArtWorks help us stay active as we prepare for the future. If you have donated to us in the past, please consider continuing your financial contribution. And if you have yet to give, now is a great time to start!

Thank you, as always, for your support!
Kay Chernush, ArtWorks for Freedom

From Left: Barbara Amaya, Judge Mary Grace Rook, Rashida Prioleau, Maxine Akai, Kay Chernush and Megan Aniton from the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

H.O.P.E. Court Creates a Golden Door to Freedom to Celebrate Survivors

On October 26, we were pleased to join Washington, DC Superior Court's H.O.P.E. Court program to create a new Golden Door to Freedom. H.O.P.E. Court, which stands for Here Opportunities Prepare you for Excellence, is a treatment court that was established to address the multiple needs of court-involved youth who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Clinical providers, social workers, probation officers, youth and attorneys all participated in creating the door, which will go on to help future H.O.P.E. Court participants envision new possibilities for their lives.

"What a wonderful gift ArtWorks for Freedom is bringing us," says Judge Mary Grace Rook, who presides over H.O.P.E. Court. "Our mission is to recognize our participants as not only victims of trafficking, but more important, as survivors. I see the Golden Door - a transformed 'throwaway' - as symbolic of our participants' beauty, strength and resilience. Each current and future participant will have an opportunity to sign the door on the day she/he graduates."

Many thanks to Judge Rook and the entire H.O.P.E. Court team for having us!

Global Community of Women Leaders Create a New Golden Door to Freedom

Last quarter, we told you about our new partnership with Vital Voices Global Partnership to create a Golden Door to Freedom. On September 20, ArtWorks joined women leaders from around the world who were gathered in Washington, DC for the Global Freedom Exchange. We were honored to be a part of Global Freedom Exchange Fellows' experience as they shared resources to strengthen their work fighting human trafficking.

Click HERE to see photos from our partnership!

Photo Courtesy of Luz Art Los Angeles

ArtWorks in L.A.!

Earlier in October, ArtWorks was invited to participate in the exhibition "Protecting Innocence," in collaboration with Luz Art Los Angeles and the International Fine Art Fund. "Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking" by Kay Chernush and our Survivors Quilt created by the Survivors Connect project appeared alongside other artists, including our friend and Contributing Artist Molly Gochman of the Red Sand Project.

"Kay's work is very powerful and honest, it shows the dark reality facing many young people. There was a lot of conversation around the work and it helped to digest this complex problem. Thank you for bringing this international epidemic to the public." ~ Carmelita Martell, Luz Art Los Angeles

Check out PHOTOS from the show!

Partnership with Pulitzer Center Featured at PHOTOVILLE NYC

Last month in September, ArtWorks and the Pulitzer Center teamed up to jointly present "Invisible Survivors: Migrant Workers in Singapore," by Xyza Cruz Bacani during Photoville – New York City's FREE premier photo destination. This was our first time at PHOTOVILLE, which features indoor and outdoor exhibits, panels, workshops, nighttime projections and more! We were honored to share Xyza Cruz Bacani's powerful black-and-white photographic images.

"Invisible Survivors: Migrant Workers in Singapore" explores the experiences of migrant laborers and domestic workers who were victims of human trafficking.

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Stay tuned for details about our upcoming projects! In January, we will be in Fort Myers Florida, partnering with Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships and Florida Southwestern State College for a January Human Trafficking Prevention Month campaign. And in February, we will be in Key West, at the Studios of Key West and Higgs Beach.

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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