The Junior League of Tampa seeks to end human trafficking by spreading awareness throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Tampa, Fla. (January 8, 2018) – The Junior League of Tampa is pleased to announce I Am Still Here as the film selected for The Junior League of Tampa’s annual film screening during Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
I Am Still Here will be presented at CinéBistro Hyde Park Village on Thursday, January 11th. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with food and drink available for purchase; the movie will begin at 7 p.m. Following the screening, Mischa Marcus, Writer & Producer, will join the group for a Q&A session.
The event is part of a month-long awareness campaign by the Junior League of Tampa and its community partner organizations, focusing on human trafficking awareness throughout the month of January.
WHEN: Thursday, January 11th, 6 pm – 9pm
WHERE: Cinebistro – Hyde Park
1609 W Swann Ave,
Tampa, FL 33606
TICKETS: FREE – Please register on Eventbrite
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Junior League representatives and Mischa Marcus, the film’s writer and producer, will be available for interviews before and after the event.
This event is brought to you by The Junior League of Tampa. The Junior League of Tampa seeks to end human trafficking by spreading awareness throughout the Tampa Bay area. While The League does not work directly with human trafficking victims, it does have the ability to continue to be a strong advocate and a voice for victims and the organizations that help them.
The Junior League of Tampa is an organization of over 1,900 women volunteering in the community on the issues of child welfare and education. For The Junior League of Tampa, child welfare includes a great deal of work to support foster children and families. Unfortunately, foster children are frequently targeted by human traffickers. In 2011, The Junior League of Tampa took initiative to promote awareness of the relatively unknown issue of child sex trafficking in Tampa Bay. As a priority for the past six years, our goal is to raise community awareness of the scope of the problem; empower the community to report suspicious activity; and reach victims who need to know where to go for help.
Some statistics provided by our partners, The Commission on the Status of Women:
- It is estimated that at any given moment, there are between 30,000 to 40,000 pre-teen and teenage runaways in Florida. As a group, they are tremendously vulnerable to exploitation by pimps or to abuses in Florida’s adult entertainment industry. (FSU Center for Human Rights)
- The average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the U.S is 12 years of age. (The US Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section)
- One out of three runaway or abducted children will be lured and forced to prostitute within 48 hours of being on their own. (The National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Throwaway Children (NISMART-2)
- Human rights investigations discovered minors were sold an average of 10-15 times a day, 6 days a week. (Shared Hope International)
- The State of Florida ranks third in the number of calls received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
Please email the Junior League of Tampa’s Human Trafficking Awareness Committee with any questions, and visit the Abolish Movement Facebook page at: facebook.com/AbolishMovement/
About The Junior League of Tampa
Founded in 1926, The Junior League of Tampa, Inc. is an organization of over 1,900 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information visit jltampa.org.