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


Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking (March 31)

An anti-trafficking event “Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking” will take place on UNC-Wilmington’s campus on Tuesday, March 31 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

The event is open to the public, and it will take place at the Warwick Center Ballroom on UNCW’s campus (601 S. College Rd) in Wilmington.  Activities at the event include a special presentation from Five14 Revolution, a screening of the documentary “Not My Life,” and a discussion.  Notable speakers include New Hanover County assistant district attorney Lindsey Roberson, the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons, and Detective William Campbell of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Below is a link to the event flyer.  Feel free to send it to all interested individuals!

Anti- Human Trafficking event poster

If you would like to attend, be sure to join the event on its Facebook page.  Also stay tuned for an information packet, providing materials such as campus maps, reserved parking locations, temporary parking passes, and an itinerary of the day’s events!

SupportHeForShe: Ask men and boys in your life to support your passion

With International Women’s Day happening tomorrow (March 8), we are asking you to influence your friends, work colleagues, family, and neighbors.  Please invite them to join in UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, designed to mobilize men and boys to support ending gender-based violence and discrimination.

A simple and effective way to show support is to utilize social media.  Please ask the men and boys in your circle to post support for gender equality on Twitter or Facebook with a message using the hashtag #SupportHeForShe.  A sample message may look something like this:

I #SupportHeForShe because my (complete the blank) deserves the same opportunities as any man.

You can also ask the men and boys in your life to visit to learn more about how they can make the HeForShe commitment and create change for the achievement of gender equality.  The HeForShe commitment means you express zero tolerance of discrimination and violence against women; you believe in equal access to social, political, and economic opportunities; you understand that taking a stand for women and girls is taking a stand for humanity; and you speak up when you see physical, emotional, or sexual harassment.

If you know a man who wants his daughter, granddaughter, sister, wife, or a female friend to have equal opportunities as men, please ask him to voice his support tomorrow for International Women’s Day!

Juvenile Sex Trafficking Response State System Mapping Report (March 4)

On Wednesday, March 4, Shared Hope International will be convening experts from around the country in our nation’s capital for an advance release of the Juvenile Sex Trafficking (JuST) Response State Systems Mapping Report.  This report compares approaches currently being implemented to connect trafficked youth to the services they so desperately need.

Shared Hope would like to offer friends and supporters an opportunity to be a part of this important event!  A webcast of the event will go from 10 AM-12 PM EST on Wednesday.  This will be a great opportunity for local leaders and concerned citizens to learn about trending approaches to state laws, child serving agency response and service provision for the children Shared Hope serves!

Those interested in the webcast can also submit questions during the event to Shared Hope via their Facebook and Twitter pages.  You can learn more about the JuST Response project at

Shared Hope International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children.

#GivingTuesday, a national day of giving (December 2)

#GivingTuesday is a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique group of partners- charities, families, businesses- to transform how we think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season.  Taking place on December 2, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and give back in better and smarter ways.  You can take this opportunity to go to your social media accounts and create a national moment of giving!

One of PATH NC’s partners, On Eagles Wings Ministries has developed a Generous Hearts toolkit in preparation for #GivingTuesday.  You can also find other kits for schools, businesses, and social media ambassadors at

There are a number of actions individuals can take on December 2, #GivingTuesday.  For example, you can go to your social media accounts and upload an “UNSelfie“, a picture of yourself with a card explaining why you will be giving this season.  Other actions you can take include holding a neighborhood bake sale and hosting an awareness night at your local church or community center.

In contrast to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday will work to express the true meaning of the holiday season:  giving to others.  Every action you take in support of this effort will show why giving is important, and it will impel others to join!  For more information about the #GivingTuesday movement, you can contact Brenda Emmons at

Youth Justice Awareness Month kicks off this week!

The Campaign for Youth Justice is a national campaign dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

The campaign invites you to recognize October as Youth Justice Awareness Month.  This is a great opportunity for communities to learn about and expose the consequences of 16- and 17-year-olds being processed in an adult court system instead of through a juvenile court system.

This year’s theme is “The Consequences are Not Minor.”  Over the next few weeks, various issues will be visited, such as racial and ethnic disparities.  The Campaign for Youth Justice will also highlight organizations that are working to end minors being processed through adult court systems.

Be sure to follow the Campaign for Youth Justice’s Facebook and Twitter pages for upcoming information on events throughout the month!



Engaging Artists to End Violence Against Women (September 25)

Orange Day is tomorrow, and UN Women would like you to take action!

The theme for this month is engaging artists.  All types of art–music, poetry, drama, and visual– can be utilized to challenge stereotypes and change attitudes.  Art is a powerful way to call for an end to violence against women and girls!

Here are some of the things you can do this upcoming Orange Day:


  • Host a film screening, art exhibition or musical concert to draw attention to the issue.
  • Reach out to national and local artists – painters, actors, photographers, poets, dancers, musicians, actors – and invite them to participate or speak at the event.
  • If you are an artist, speak out on the issue of violence against women and girls. Share messages and pictures of yourself wearing orange to raise awareness of the pandemic via social media.  Share your messages and creative projects at and using the hashtag #OrangeDay.
  • Share your effective initiatives which utilize art as a tool for ending violence against women and girls at


You can find a list of sample social media messages by clicking on this PDF file supplied by UN Women.  Don’t forget to wear orange tomorrow, and say NO to violence against women and girls.