As a newly incorporated organization in the State of NH, at this time last year we felt it was important to do something tangible during the month of designated awareness on the issue of Human Trafficking in the U.S, which is obviously near and dear to our hearts. (Since this event over a year ago, we have gained official NON PROFIT status, and are a recognized 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization in the states of Texas AND now New Hampshire, thanks to the determination and support of our board and community members).
For those of you that may be reading this who don’t know,
JANUARY IS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AS HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH.
We were overwhelmed with the support of the student leaders that brought us to the SNHU campus. We spent months planning this event and the outcome was really great to see…. here’s a snapshot in words of what it looked like, and some pictures below of planning behind the scenes and the actual event.
January 29th, 2015
Southern New Hampshire University, Walker Auditorium.
- -45-50 attendees
- -Sex + Money Documentary viewed.
- -Cards to survivors made.
- *Panel Discussion with Q&A Featuring:
- ^ Lauren Lisembee (Founder, Survivor, Future Dance Movement Therapist),
- ^ Melanie (Survivor, DV/SA Advocate)
- ^Calyssa (Human Trafficking, Survivor perspective)
- ^Kitty (Survivor, RN).
- -SNHU student reps: Lauren MacDonald & Elizabeth Tibbitts
-M/C: Devin Lisembee
-SNHU Counselor present at event.
Event Preparation at a Local Coffee Shop ^
Lauren and Melanie Earlier in the week promoting the event in the Student Center.
Honorary Emcee – Devin Lisembee. Always challenging the men in the room to make double the cards as the women do. He’s great.
The Panel & Student Leaders. From many different backgrounds, and many different live paths, but now good friends with ONE goal. To break the silence, and take a stand, each in their own way, in the fight against human trafficking.
(Left) Card made by a student that was sent to a survivor through our partnerships. (Right) View of stage and the Clothesline Project brought by panelist (Melanie S.) Bearing witness to Domestic and Sexual Violence through survivors and those who love them, visual art displayed on t-shirts. Survivors stories.
^Article Featured in Southern New Hampshire Universities Newspaper titled : The Penmen Press.
& this Press Release (click below) about the event, prior to the event.
From Our Hearts to yours,
Founder of WOYH Lauren Lisembee (right) and Blogger Melanie S. (Me , Left) holding tight to Lotus necklaces from OneVOICE Enterprises to benefit missions helping survivors and prevention of human trafficking in Cambodia.
“Growing from the mud, and blooming towards the sky, a LOTUS symbolizes purity, spiritual awakening, revival and fortune”
(http://iamonevoice.org/) SHOUT OUT, to our dear friend, and Freedom Fighter, Nicole Braddock Bromley (you’ll see an event featuring her in a future BLOG post)
Until next time….