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Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Week

Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Awareness week is a seven-day awareness campaign, held during the first week of November.

The campaign provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities, and individuals to do what they can to address the problem.

The Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Collaborative is comprised of several social justice organizations dedicated to fighting the fight on the front lines. The Collaborative includes Aspire to Autonomy, Bethlehem Rotary, Bloom Bangor, Crime Victims Council, Lehigh Valley Health Network – Street Medicine  Marsy’s Law, VAST ( Valley Against Sex Trafficking), and Truth For Women.

Our Why,
Human Trafficking

The United Nations provides a definition of human trafficking which can be broken down into three essential elements:

The acquisition of a person;
By means of deception or coercion;
For the purpose of exploitation;

Human trafficking, or modern-day slavery-at its core-is the control and exploitation of vulnerable individuals for a profit.

People are exploited in all manner of ways, such as sexual exploitation, forced labor, domestic servitude, forced criminal activity, sham marriages, and organ removal.

Our Mission,
Abolish Human Trafficking

The mission of Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Week is to abolish human trafficking in our community by building a united front to educate and equip our community to take action.

We are launching our 1st Annual Awareness Week campaign and we would be honoured to have your company participate as a sponsor. Your financial investment will allow us to continue to spread awareness and offer more comprehensive services to survivors in our community. You will be featured as an advocate and partner during the week of events according to your level of giving.

Schedule Of Events

Friday November 1st

Launch event and press conference. Local politicians, organizations, and supporters will Gather at the PPL Center in Allentown for a press conference to proclaim the first Saturday through the second Saturday of the month of November to be Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Awareness Week.

Saturday November 2nd

Lehigh Valley-wide Red Sand Projects: Participatory artistic sidewalk interventions, to raise awareness of the vulnerabilities that lead to human trafficking and exploitation.

Sunday November 3rd

Healthy Boundaries Through Art
a workshop event for ages 8-12 with adult

Monday November 4th

Marsy’s Law Rally and press conference - a final push prior to Election Day (Nov. 5) to pass this all-important crime victim’s rights bill.

Tuesday November 5th

Healthy Boundaries Through Art
a workshop event for ages 8-12 with adult

Wednesday November 6th

The Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Collaborative will host a Community Awards Breakfast to recognize and celebrate organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the fight against human trafficking.

Thursday November 7th

Healthy Boundaries Through Art
a workshop event for ages 8-12 with adult

Friday November 8th

Partnering to Fight Human Trafficking
Screening of Close to Home: Human Trafficking and Art Mixer

Saturday November 9th

Film screening of the award-winning documentary From Liberty to Captivity followed by a panel discussion at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema.

Coffee Shop Conversations

Coffee Shop conversations will be hosted throughout the Lehigh Valley, facilitated by knowledgeable Collaborative representatives, open to the public and funded by The Collaborative.

Screening, Close To Home

Screenings of Close to Home - Human Trafficking, Emmy Award-Winning documentary will be hosted at several different venues throughout the week.

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***ALL NET PROCEEDS FROM LVATA WEEK WILL BE USED FOR DIRECT SERVICES FOR SURVIVORS

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