Not only do you learn a lot in the documentary about the different ways a child can be commercially sexually exploited regardless of gender, but it is important to continue the conversation after the film with trained specialists like Nik that can help you develop solutions for your community.
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Production Meeting with Director, Assistant Director, and Production Assistant for upcoming additional B-Roll Production!
Welcome our new team member Chloe Booher, who will be creating amazing motion graphics in our film also a recent graduate of UCLA so go BRUINS.
She says "I am excited to be joining Melody and the rest of the team on California’s Forgotten Children as a motion graphics animator. I am impressed and excited about how far the project has come and am looking forward to further illuminating this story with animation. It is fulfilling to know that my little drawings and designs can help expand such a big narrative! "
Welcome our new team member Stephen Spies who will be composing the music for this documentary.
"I'm writing music for California's Forgotten Children, that sympathizes with and reflects on the stories of sex trafficking survivors: the tragedies of their pasts, and more importantly, the strength and power they show today having overcome their struggles. California needs healing right now, and I want my music for this film to inspire people to take action against the dark truth on our streets today." - Stephen Spies
Behind the Scenes - Director of this documentary working with the LAPD Human Trafficking Task Force.
The Empathy Exhibit is an immersive tour through an art exhibit featuring film, photography and artifacts from the locations where child exploitation has occurred in countries. Hundreds of people showed up to this event that LA STOP THE TRAFFIK put together. Was really awesome.
Great news we finished the 1st and 2nd draft of the film. The film’s mission, voice, and message is clearly structured.
T was invited because of her work with human sex trafficking awareness, and her recent acknowledgement in Times Magazine as one of 100 Most Influential People in 2014.
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100’s of students around the world are acting together in solidarity. Each learning about human trafficking by creating art about trafficking, exchanging their art with each other, and finally putting on student art exhibits in their respective communities. that contain a mix of student art from all over the world on March 18th, 2015.
If you would like to participate at your own school click here:http://www.freedomnowcampaign.org/
Here are some of the artworks from LA Stop the Traffick group at UCLA:
I met with the President of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for United Nations Women, Cathy Hillman. We are planning on doing a screening of the documentary once it is finished and having a panel of UN Women and other major advocates speak after the film. This event will be over the summer. Stay tuned for time and location!
We now have three wonderful volunteer interns helping me out with the documentary once a week. Excited to welcome our very first volunteer interns to the team: thank you Brianna, Natalie, and Alex!
Took a road trip to Sacramento to film this powerful event called Don't Be Pimped. Silent protesters of dedicated community members, parents, students, survivors, and advocates hit one of the streets in Sacramento where children are being sold. Bridget's Dream a local non-profit we work with in this documentary went from business to business around that area educating the owners on human trafficking and how they can play apart in ending it.
Got the opportunity to incorporate in the documentary discussions of the historical causes and legal dynamics of exploitation, to the state and federal responses to trafficking. One of the lead speakers was Carissa Phelps who is a leader/survivor in this documentary was accompanied by her mentor as a child, Ron Jenkins.
In this picture: Melody Miller (Director), Carissa Phelps, Ron Jenkins, LA Stop the Traffik
Director of California's Forgotten Children Documentary, Melody Miller met with talented Singer/Song Writer Hana Kim today. They are planing to collaborate on a original song for this documentary.
Hana Kim has been raising awareness about child trafficking with her latest song she wrote called "Heaven Sees Me" you can watch here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrWtc_wXAjM
All the proceeds of "Heaven Sees Me" went to a local Los Angeles non-profit Saving Innocence.
It is wonderful to be working with talented artists dedicated to raise awareness about this problem.
1. Lack of Food and Resources
- Combat: Donate food to support food banks and youth-specific homeless shelters
2. History of Previous Abuse
- Combat: Address the issues of abuse and runaways in families is important to decreasing the number of children who end up on the streets, at risk for child exploitation.
3. Drug and Alcohol Abuse
- Combat: Keeping an eye out for addictive behaviors or drug usage in the children you care about may help prevent further abuse and/or runaways.
4. Mental Health (Depression)
- Combat: NCMEC’s Family Advocacy Outreach Network has great resources on how parents can identify mental health indicators and can help prevent child sexual exploitation. http://www.missingkids.com/FAON
FULL ARTICLE: http://www.wearethorn.org/