Nest Foundation creates curriculum to accompany “Playground” documentary

The Nest Foundation recently made a film called “Playground,” a documentary that explores the devastating impact of child sex trafficking in the United States.  The film has been shown in communities across the country and even around the world, and Nest has found that prevention education is our most powerful investment in the effort to stop child sexual exploitation and trafficking.

At every screening, a common question was asked by members of the audience:  “How do we get this film into high schools?”  The average age of a child trafficked for sex is 13, and if children are not aware of the signs of potential perpetrators, they may end up becoming victims.

In December 2014, Nest launched a new curriculum about preventing sexual exploitation.  This high school curriculum focuses on 4 crucial topics:  breaking down sexual exploitation and trafficking; deconstructing media and advertising that send the wrong messages about sexuality; encouraging students to be smart about what they share on social media; and encouraging youth action and citizenship so that students can be heard.

The curriculum was piloted in Portland, OR, and data from Nest’s 2014 Annual Report revealed intriguing data:  87 percent of students were able to recognize trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery; 88 percent of students recognized the role pop culture plays in sustaining the sex industry; and 95 percent of students felt equipped to take action within their communities to prevent exploitation and trafficking.

The data shows the importance of education in the prevention of human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and “Playground” is a documentary that gives strong support in teaching the public about how to recognize it and how to ultimately prevent it.  The Nest Foundation is currently looking at other cities across the country for implementation of its new curriculum, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, and New York.  With the curriculum, Nest hopes to arm a generation of our youth to stay safe and smart in their own environments!  You can join the conversation on their Facebook and Twitter pages, and you can find out more about the documentary’s impact summary at


WomenNC Fellowship Dinner (February 19)

WomenNC is holding its 6th annual Local-to-Global dinner forum on Thursday, February 19.  The event will take place from 5 PM to 8:30 PM at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus (1070 Partners Way) in Raleigh.

From 5-6:30, there will be a reception and fundraising raffle, and the dinner and program will go from 6:30-8:30.  The event’s keynote speaker will be Annie E. Clark, writer, spokesperson, and co-founder of End Rape on Campus, an organization supporting sexual assault survivors.

As well as being a contributor to MSNBC and the Huffington Post, Ms. Clark also worked on a recent documentary film called “The Hunting Ground,” which highlights the lives of sexual assault survivors.  The documentary has been named one of the five game-changing documentaries of the year!  It debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and it will be in theaters on February 27.  You can view the film’s trailer at the following YouTube link.

The fellowship dinner is open only to paid registrants, so if you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Sunday, February 15!  To register and purchase tickets, please visit the Eventbrite page supplied in the link.  For any questions about the event, please contact the WomenNC Events Committee at (919) 744-4778, or email them at

Showing of UN Film “I Am a Girl” (February 20)

Come to the Cameron Village Public Library on Friday, February 20, for a free showing of the documentary I Am a Girl.”

This film tells the stories of six girls from around the world trying to live extraordinary lives in places where girls and women often don’t matter.

Join the Africana Studies Program, the Women’s & Gender Studies Program, the Women’s Center, and the North Carolina Chapter of UN Women for this free showing!  It will take place on the 2nd floor of the Cameron Village Public Library, beginning at 6 PM on February 20.  We hope to see you there!

“Tricked” screening at North Hills (April 24)

Modern-day slavery is alive and well in the United States.  “Tricked” is a comprehensive documentary that uncovers America’s dirty little secret, an industry fueled by greed, fantasy, and the commercial sexual exploitation of American children.

NCCASA will be presenting a screening of “Tricked”, scheduled to be shown at North Hills Regal Cinema 14 on Thursday, April 24, beginning at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $10, and 90 tickets must be reserved in order for the screening to go on as scheduled.

You can view the trailer for this documentary at, and reserve your tickets for the screening today at  For more information, please contact Kiricka Yarbough Smith at

Free screening of documentary film “Girl Rising” (April 1 and 2)

This year’s North Carolina Literary Fest will kick off with two free screenings of the documentary film “Girl Rising.”

Directed by the Academy Award-nominated Richard E. Robbins, this film presents the remarkable stories of nine girls around the world.  These girls overcome many obstacles, including poverty, arranged marriages, and child slavery, and they all receive educations to help fulfill their dreams and inspire others with their great courage.

The free screenings will be held on April 1 and 2, beginning at 7 PM, at the D.L. Hill Library on NC State’s campus.  For any questions regarding this and other events at the NC Literary Fest, please contact Jason Jefferies at

Join RTI International for “Girl Rising” Screening (MAY 15)

Join Triangle Global Health Consortium member RTI International for a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Girl Rising.  This event will take place on Wednesday, May 15 at the Carolina Theatre (309 W. Morgan Street) in downtown Durham

The documentary will be introduced by filmmaker Justin Reeves, and the showing will take place at 6:50 PM.  Attendance is free, but registration is required.  (As of right now, registration is full; however, a waitlist has been created.)  You can also view the film trailer, and learn more about Girl Rising at its official website,

RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.

Three Upcoming Events in April: Legislative Seminar, Action for Children NC, and “Nefarious” Screening

NC Council of Churches 2013 Legislative Seminar:  Thursday, Apr. 11, St. Mark’s Church.

St. Mark’s Church will be hosting this year’s legislative seminar for the NC Council of Churches.  This full day of workshops will be led by expert presenters, professors, and reverends.  Progressive people of faith will have the opportunity to learn about critical issues facing the General Assembly this session.  The workshops will cover a wide range of topics, including tax reform, immigration, voting rights, and public health.

The event will take place on April 11, from 8:30 AM-3:45 PM, at St. Mark’s Church in Raleigh (4801 Six Forks Road).  Grassroots activists working for social justice and all other interested people are encouraged to attend.  Click on this link for registration information.  If you are interested in attending, please submit your registration by April 5.


Child and Family Day:  Wednesday, Apr. 17, Halifax Mall, NC General Assembly.

This year, our lawmakers will make choices that affect critical resources for North Carolina’s children and families.  Action for Children North Carolina wants parents, children, pediatricians, educators, child care providers, and concerned citizens to join them for the 2013 Child and Family Day.  This event will take place on April 17 from 10 AM to noon at the Halifax Mall of the NC General Assembly (16 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC).

You can click on this link to register for the event.  Participants in the event will be able to support a rally and visit legislators in order to remind our leaders to invest in our children and invest in our state’s future!


Screening of “Nefarious:  Merchant of Souls”:  Friday, Apr. 26, Summit Church at Brier Creek.

Please join us at 7 PM Friday, April 26 for a screening of “Nefarious, Merchant of Souls” and a discussion with local nonprofit, law enforcement and counseling experts at The Summit Church in Durham (2335 Presidential Dr. Durham, North Carolina 27703).  There are an estimated 27 million people enslaved in the world today, an injustice that has been able to flourish because so many of us remain uneducated or feel unaffected by it.  The reality is that human trafficking exists everywhere in the world, and people in our own community are victims.  Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to learn about the realities of trafficking, and swap ideas with the experts about how we can respond and work towards a day when no individual is denied the freedom or dignity they deserve.

For questions about the event, please contact Lisa Shaeffer at  Hope to see you there!  You can also learn more about the documentary film at its official website,