rescheduled due to weather: Date tbd
STORY COLLECTIVE: A NIGHT FOR FREEDOM
Support SEE.’s work & join us. This will be the official release of a story of exploitation in our own community.
We are creating a future free from human trafficking. Gather with community members for a story telling event of improv and spoken word, while highlighting the important role each person and organization in our community has in being a part of the solution to end exploitation. The small, daily actions done by individuals, combined with the actions of businesses, community, and organizations; all together make up the larger, bold movement of prevention, decreasing demand and increasing care for victims.
CROSS SECTOR COLLABORATION
Solutions to End Exploitation (SEE.) is cultivating innovative solutions to fight human trafficking and exploitation. SEE. listens to the trauma experienced by the exploited, and amplifies their collective voice. The data speaks. Compassion driven solutions are birthed from the stories echoing in our streets.
The voices represented in the research leverages a collaborative spirit to work across business, criminal justice, human service, neighbors, philanthropy, government, nonprofit, faith, and education sectors to achieve significant and lasting change. Relationships create a network to engage in cooperative, strategic activity to disrupt and end human trafficking.
estimates show over 1,000 individuals were victims of online sex trafficking in the Grand Rapids area in 2016
of those interviewed in Grand Rapids reported being first trafficked as a minor
years of age
the average age of entry into commercial sex trade in the (616) area code
“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.”
― Dorothy Day
We work with our collaborative partners to collect data so that we can combat human trafficking through information. Data informs how we implement strategy for prevention, intervention and treatment.
We seek to foster a space to build connectivity for solutions. We want to connect cross sector leaders, leverage survivors voices, engage volunteers with opportunities, raise awareness, and in the end recognize relationships are a force for change.
Partners can learn and work with one another through cross-sector collaboration. SEE. seeks to bring together cross-sector leaders to coordinate and build relationships that will be a powerful force against human trafficking.
Change comes through creative strategic action. Data informed strategy will educate, inspire, and move our community to act and mobilize the movement to end human exploitation.