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Trafficking isn’t just a global problem. It’s a local one. Let’s come together to change that.

On any given day, over 16,000 women and girls are prostituted or trafficked in the greater Chicago area. The vast majority of these women entered the sex trade after fleeing abusive homes, often while still in their teens. The average age of death for a prostituted woman? A heartbreaking 34 years old.

The Voices and Faces Project and our longtime allies at Art Works Projects are working to change that — and to encourage a robust public discussion on all of the forms of exploitation that occur in our local community. In that spirit, please join us for the opening reception for Slavery Uncovered, a new visual advocacy campaign addressing human trafficking and forced labor in the Chicagoland area. The event will feature a conversation with photographers Nina Berman and Jon Lowenstein along with Anne K. Ream, Founder and Creative Director, The Voices and Faces Project, and Nina Alvarez, Producer/Co-Director, Very Young Girls.

Slavery Uncovered
May 21st, 2014
6:25 — 8:00 pm
625 N. Kingsbury
FREE and Open to the Public

Anne Ream’s new book, Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors,
will be available for purchase at the event.

Story We Tell Applications Due May 19th

Applications are due June 10th for our “Stories We Tell” writing workshop in NYC. See you there!
Every sexual violence survivor story has power and purpose. With that belief as our guide, The Voices and Faces Project . created "The Stories We Tell," a two-day testimonial writing program for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence and trafficking. During "The Stories We Tell," workshop participants read and discuss history's most compelling and world-changing testimonial writing while taking part in a series of innovative real-time writing exercises.

Applications for the NYC "Stories We Tell" writing workshop June 21-22 are due June 10th.
For workshop application/details, email

Lived Through This

Read it and be moved: Lived Through This
Eight years ago, Voices and Faces founder Anne K. Ream and documentary photographer Patricia Evans began a multi-country journey interviewing and photographing a community of sexual violence and trafficking survivors who have been "shaped, but refused to be defined, by their histories of violence." Lived Through This, Anne's memoir of that journey, is the result. V-Day founder Eve Ensler calls Lived Through This a book of "Heart-stopping, beautifully rendered stories of survivors powerfully illustrating the notion that when we tell our stories, we change the story." Read the Publishers Weekly review of Lived Through This or order this groundbreaking book on the Random House site.

We can't do it without you:
Support our "Stories We Tell" Scholarship Fund.
Find out more about giving the gift of change by donating to our workshop scholarship fund. Every $500 raised provides a full two-day scholarship for a survivor waiting to take part in our program. Email for details or donate securely online.


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