Students from Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders will gather to discuss ways to prevent sexual exploitation and trafficking in Austin with policymakers and experts. The evening will be moderated by Wendy Davis and hosted by Liz Lambert.
The Nest Student Forum is part of a high school prevention program currently being piloted by Nest Foundation, a non-profit organization that released the documentary film PLAYGROUND: The Child Sex Trade in America. This curriculum, based on the film directed by Libby Spears and produced by George Clooney, Lauren Embrey, Abby Disney, Grant Heslov, and Steven Soderbergh, teaches high school students about the scope and prevalence of sexual exploitation and trafficking and connects it to larger social and cultural paradigms in which the exploitation of children thrives. These include new digital platforms and online behaviors, stereotypes and violence in media and advertising, and a breakdown in bystander behavior. The curriculum culminates in an awareness and advocacy project, encouraging students’ civic engagement in their own communities.
Moderated by Wendy Davis, the panel at the Austin forum includes:
Student representatives from Ann Richards School
Toni McKinley, Crowns of Hope Executive Director & Survivor
Melissa Holman, Assistant Attorney General, Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section
Grant Sparks, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas
Kelly White, Safe Austin CEO
Noël Busch-Armendariz, UT-Austin Professor & Director of Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
This event offers an opportunity for community members and policymakers to engage in thoughtful dialogue with young people who are most affected by this problem and also serve as leaders in their schools and communities.
NOVEMBER 30th, 2016
THE ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE
1120 S LAMAR BLVD
AUSTIN, TX 78704
Event starts promptly at 6pm. Please arrive by 5:45pm. Event is open to the public. Seating is limited.
Event sponsor: Deeds Not Words