Monday, August 29, 2011

THIS FRIDAY: WCA HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS PROTEST PERFORMANCE




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The Women’s Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter protest performance to promote awareness of human trafficking at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Friday, September 2, 5:30-9pm, 2nd and Market Streets.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PHILADELPHIA WCA HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS PROTEST PERFORMANCE
Human trafficking is the movement of individuals with the primary purpose of forced servitude or sexual slavery. Trafficking for the purpose of prostitution is the principal form of slavery stalking our world today - as the second largest global organized crime it generates approximately $32 billion per year. An estimated two million women and children will be kidnapped, coerced, or sold into prostitution in the next 12 months. 50,000 will be forced into sexual slavery in the United States.

This performance protest is a response to the violation of the most fundamental human rights of an estimated 27 million people globally. We hope to raise awareness of the suffering of millions and advocate for the prevention of trafficking, protection of survivors, and prosecution of traffickers.

In an ongoing project extending through 2012, the Philadelphia Women’s Caucus for Art will create a pile of rag dolls to symbolize the numbers impacted by human trafficking. The pile of dolls, hand made by members and supporters of the project, will be presented along with educational information at public performance protests through 2012. The WCA’s first performance protest will take place the evening of Friday, September 2 at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival at 2nd and Market Streets. We will assemble the pile of dolls, hand out stickers and educational materials on human trafficking, and provide a petition for the public to sign to show their support. The dolls will be included in a WCA exhibit at Cabrini College in Spring 2012.

The Women's Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter proudly supports the following organizations and encourages all to visit their websites to read more about human trafficking:

The A21 Campaign
http://www.thea21campaign.org

The Polaris Project
http://www.polarisproject.org
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