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In collaboration with the Amnesty International Women's Human Rights Action Team, Safe Horizon, Tonic, Exit Art and Isadora Productions, Firefly Project presented a series of events to raise awareness about human trafficking in New York City, one of the major ports of entry for trafficking networks in the United States.

In October 2005, Amnesty International organized a theater event, artist talk, concert, and panel discussion to raise awareness of trafficking — and money for its victims — in collaboration with Safe Horizon, Tonic, Exit Art, and Isadora Productions.

For more information about the events and to learn more about cases of trafficking in New York City, click here.

If you're interested in getting involved, please contact us at trafficking@aifirefly.org.

Here's more information about the events we presented:

Monday, October 10, 8:30pm
HERE Arts Center — 145 Sixth Ave. at Spring St.
PLAY READING and PANEL DISCUSSION. Isadora Productions will present excerpts from their new play, Becoming Natasha, based on Victor Malarekʼs book about the global sex trade, The Natashas. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion on the place of activism in the theater.

Featuring Josh Fox (International WOW), Susan Pavlin (Synchronicity, Women+War), Ron Russell (Epic Theatre Center), Sophia Skiles (THAW), Rana Kazkaz (The Kazbah Project), Brigit Evans (Producers), Allison Prouty (Vitals Theatre Company), Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen (The Exonerated), and Anita Durst (Chashama).


Tuesday, October 11, 7pm
Exit Art – 475 Tenth Ave. at 36th St.

ARTIST TALK. Debra Pearlman, photographer and installation artist, in conversation with Jean Reilly and Alison Boak of the International Organization For Adolescents.

Presented by Amnesty International Firefly Project and Exit Art in conjunction with Exit Biennial II: Traffic open through December 23, 2005.


Wednesday, October 12, 9pm, $12
Tonic — 107 Norfolk St. near Delancey St.

BENEFIT CONCERT. CocoRosie sings quiet music that crackles and sparks like found footage. With Diane Cluck and the Dirty Projectors.

Proceeds to benefit Amnesty International and Safe Horizon.


Monday, October 17, 7–9pm
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave. at 34th St.
Room: C203/C204

PANEL DISCUSSION. An informational discussion on human trafficking in New York and the legal and practical challenges associated with combating trafficking in the city and assisting its victims.

Panelists include Suzanne Tomatore, Director of the Immigrant Women and Child Project at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Juhu Thukral, Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center; and Gulnahar Alam, Executive Director of Andolan: Organizing South Asian Workers. Moderated by Alice M. Miller, Assistant Professor of Clinical Population & Family Health at Columbia University.

Presented by the New York City Women's Human Rights Action Team and hosted by CUNY's Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies - The Graduate Center.