STOP Presents Human Trafficking Awareness Week March 25-29 at CSU, Chico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 03-12-2013

Kacey Gardner, editorial assistant
Public Affairs
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Janja Lalich
Department of Sociology
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STOP (Stop Trafficking of Persons), a student-run organization at California State University, Chico, was invited to the Chico City Council on Tuesday, March 5, where STOP’s officers were presented with a proclamation by Chico Mayor Mary Goloff declaring March 25-29, 2013, Human Trafficking Awareness Week. 

STOP logoAll Chico residents and community members are encouraged to attend and support the organization’s weeklong series of events at CSU, Chico that will bring awareness to the ongoing fight against modern-day slavery.

The week will begin with a kick-off concert featuring three local bands and a reading of modern-day slavery narratives from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 25 in Trinity Commons. Later that day, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Auditorium, award-winning musician and filmmaker Justin Dillon will present his film “Call + Response,” a “rockumentary” on music and songs fighting slavery today. Dillon and the film have been featured on CNN, the Today Show, MSNBC and the Dr. Phil Show, and in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Sun and Huffington Post. He has spoken at the White House, Department of State, United Nations events, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Princeton, Harvard and Columbia Universities.

The rest of the week will include seminars on human trafficking from multiple perspectives, including that of law enforcement, survivors and international experts. The week will end with a presentation on globalization and conscious consumerism from keynote speaker Kelsey Timmerman, journalist and author of “Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes” at 7 p.m. in the BMU Auditorium.

Co-sponsors for this event include the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the College of Business, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of Sociology, Department of History, Department of Political Science, CSU, Chico’s Associated Students, the California Faculty Association and Bidwell-Rancho Soroptomists.

A complete schedule of Human Trafficking Awareness Week events, which are all free and open to the public, is below. For more information about STOP, visit http://www.csuchico.edu/stop/index.html.

Monday, March 25
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Trinity Commons

Kickoff: Live music from three local bands and spoken narratives from accounts of former slaves

7–10 p.m.

BMU Auditorium
Showing of the rockumentary “Call + Response,” with appearance by musician and filmmaker Justin Dillon

Tuesday, March 26
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Colusa Hall 100a
“Child Labor and International Trafficking: Survivors’ Perspectives,” a presentation by Ellyn Bell and Donna Sinar of the SAGE Project in San Francisco

Wednesday, March 27
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Colusa Hall 100a
“Law Enforcement Perspectives and Concerns,” a presentation by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon and FBI Special Agents Samantha Dillard and Rebekah Bills, and student research on human trafficking

6–8 p.m.
Colusa Hall 100a
Law enforcement roundtable with Kyle Reardon, Samantha Dillard and Rebekah Bills

Thursday, March 28
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Colusa Hall 100a
“Trafficking, Migration and Working With Rescued Victims and Survivors,” a presentation by Erika Gonzales of Opening Doors in Sacramento

7–9 p.m.
BMU Auditorium
“Survivor of Slavery,” a presentation by Shamere McKenzie of Shared Hope International

Friday, March 29
7–10 p.m.

BMU Auditorium

Keynote presentation on globalization and conscious consumerism by Kelsey Timmerman, journalist and author of “Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes”

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