Right now, thousands of men, women, and children in the tri-state area are forced to work against their will in households, sweatshops, construction sites, and adult clubs.

An estimated 20,000 people are trafficked into the United States every year (as many as 700,000 are trafficked internationally) — many through and into New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

This October, Amnesty International presents 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.

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.