Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Destination Freedom event at the EpiCenter

Artists For Humanity is pleased to be able to host this important symposium on ending human trafficking. We were contacted by the most amazingly committed young people of Minga, who have engaged their peers in ways they can work to end modern day slavery. Their dedication, passion, and ability to pull people together has been an inspiration to us all.

This is the press release for the event. Please come by to show your support and learn about the issues.

DESTINATION FREEDOM: A Learning Approach to Ending Human Trafficking/Modern Day Slavery

Boston, MA--On April 7th, 2009, a consortium of student group leaders from four Boston area groups is hosting a major public symposium, "DESTINATION FREEDOM: A Learning Approach to Ending Human Trafficking/Modern-Day Slavery." This is the first event of its kind in the Boston area.

DESTINATION FREEDOM will showcase many different ways to support the modern day abolitionist movement, include cutting edge research and activism in this arena. The event will be held at the Artist's For Humanity Epicenter, 100 W. Second St. in Boston Ma (just two blocks away from the Red Line Broadway stop) from 4-9pm.

The symposium planning committee expects nearly five hundred participants of all levels of knowledge and experience. DESTINATION FREEDOM will host twenty organizations with booths to actively engage participants on the subject of human trafficking/modern day slavery. It will also feature nine concurrent sessions on various topics in the field. Speakers include historian Timothy Patrick McCarthy from the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Lisa Goldblatt Grace from the My Life My Choice Project.

The DESTINATION FREEDOM coalition consists of members of Human Trafficking Students, Minga, Harvard College Free the Slaves, and PANGEA at Tufts University. Human Trafficking Students is an emerging cross-school research and advocacy collaborative whose participants come from a variety of academic institutions across Boston. Minga is a youth-run non-profit organization dedicated to ending the global sex trade in children. Harvard College Free the Slaves is the local chapter of the national organization Free The Slaves. The PANGEA branch at Tufts University addresses and spreads awareness about human rights issues through campus campaigns.

Recently, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime lamented the lack of academic attention being paid to the topic. Along with encouraging abolitionist involvement, this event seeks to encourage students of all kinds, as well as academic institutions, to take up this subject within their studies and work (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7886461.stm).

Free The Slaves estimates that there are 27 million slaves in the world today, the highest number at any point in human history.

Please visit www.destinationfreedom.webs.com for more information on the event or email Eric Goodwin at erickgoodwin@yahoo.com with questions. Donations requested at the door, and food will be available.

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