This exhibition was made possible through the kindness and generosity of spirit of several wonderful, dedicated organizations.
We would like to extend a special thanks to Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), whose mission is to empower young women, ages 12-21, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. They have given us permission to use selected poems and artworks from their 2008 publication, Breaking the Silence. If you are interested in purchasing this book, please visit GEMS online shop.
Special thanks to Zoe Young of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, who has given us permission to use several poems, artworks and photographs. A grassroots Indian organization, Apne Aap empowers girls and women to resist and escape sex slavery by promoting the leadership of survivors to educate society and change laws and policies to hold pimps and johns accountable. Since its founding in 2002, the organization has reached over 10,000 girls and women, has put 800 at-risk children in school, and now provides education, healthcare, legal protection, and economic empowerment to 2,500 women and girls by forming 150 self-help groups.
We would like to express appreciation to Interstages for their workshop participation. Interstages provides opportunities for early adolescents in low-income Washington D.C. neighborhoods to discover talents, develop and strengthen skills, and heighten self-awareness, setting the stage for a successful transition into young adulthood.
Gratitude to FAIR Fund (Now FAIR Girls) for providing awareness workshops for the Interstages girls about trafficking. FAIR Fund, a D.C. based international nonprofit organization, works to prevent human trafficking and sexual violence in the lives of youth, especially girls, around the world. FAIR Fund builds the capacity of communities to better identify and assist youth aged 11 to 24 who are at high risk or have been exploited via human trafficking and sexual violence.
As a loving supporter of Girl Museum, we would like to thank Mary Case of Qm2 for sponsoring our opening reception at The Corner Store: Arts In The Heart of Capitol Hill in Washington DC.