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Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Week 2021

Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Awareness week is a non-profit organization 501(c)3 that plans and organizes a seven-day awareness campaign. In 2019 the executives of Lehigh and Northampton counties declared the first full week of November as Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Week. 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 composed of several social justice organizations dedicated to fighting the fight on the front lines. The founding organizations of the Collaborative include Aspire to Autonomy, Bethlehem Rotary, Bloom Bangor, Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, Valley Health Partners Street Medicine, Marsy’s Law, Truth For Women, VAST (The Valley Against Sex Trafficking),  and Valley Youth House.

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Our Why

What is Human Trafficking?

The United Nations provides a definition of human trafficking which can be broken down into three essential elements:
1. The acquisition of a person
2. By means of deception or coercion
3. 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
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 3rd Annual Awareness Week campaign and we would be honored 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.
Calendar of Events

Saturday November 6th

Voices of Survivors Project

Join us on November 6th for The Voices of Survivor Project. The Project is a platform for survivors of sex trafficking to express their lived experiences as survivors through photography.

Tuesday November 9th

Not For Sale and Candle Vigil

Join us for our candlelight vigil to honor the survivors of human trafficking and to show those who are silently suffering that they are not alone.  You will hear powerful stories and poetry about survival and resilience.  The musical performances will help soften the harsh realities of living on the streets.

Friday November 12th

Survivor Leader Breakfast

Join us on November 12th for our Survivor’s Award Breakfast, celebrating and commemorating the survivor leaders in the Lehigh Valley who help make a difference in the lives of others every day.

Sunday November 7th

Red Sand Project/Coffee Conversation

Wednesday November 10th

Art Museum Mixer 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Join us for an Art Mixer at the Allentown Art Museum on Wednesday, November 10th from.  On display will be a survivor and advocate art projects. 

Saturday November 13th

Red Sand Project /Coffee Conversation

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Monday November 8th

Empowering Women in the Fight Against Sex Trafficking
Red Sand Project and Coffee Conversation

Thursdays November 11th

Red Sand Project and Coffee Conversation

Coffee House Conversations

Come out to one of Lehigh Valley’s splendid coffee shops who have opened up their doors to host a conversation about the anti-human trafficking work that is taking place in our area.
Lehigh Valley’s anti-trafficking organizations will be providing knowledgeable people to help you as a community member be aware of what is happening how you can help.

Not For Sale and
Candle Vigil

Join us at our candlelight vigil to honor the survivors of sex trafficking and to show those who are silently suffering that they are not alone.  You will hear powerful stories and poetry about survival and resilience.  The musical performances will help soften the harsh realities of living on the streets.

Red Sand
Projects

The Red Sand Project, which symbolizes victims who have “fallen through the cracks” and are unnoticed by the system and the community.  The project was created by artist Molly Gochman and uses red sand that is placed in the cracks of sidewalks to raise awareness to “modern-day slavery.”  The grains of sand represent the millions of men, women and children from around the world that are in slavery today.

Survivor Leader
Breakfast

Survivor’s Award Breakfast, celebrating and commemorating the survivor leaders in the Lehigh Valley who help make a difference in the lives of others every day.

https://whennow.com/event/survivors-award-breakfast

Voices of Survivors Project

The Voices of Survivors Project came from a dissertation study conducted to directly highlight the voices of survivors and their expressed experiences, especially after separation from the trafficker.
Come attend a visual walk-through of the Voices of Survivors Project Photo Exhibit and participate in a Q and A with the author, Dr. Heather Evans, LCSW.

Empowering Survivors
Panel Discussion

Hosted by the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office, please join us during Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Week for a virtual panel on the unfortunate prevalence of sex trafficking in our area. Gain an understanding of the processes of investigating these crimes from the Northampton County District Attorney and his prosecutors, and learn about the selfless work done by local nonprofits to empower survivors.
Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85498783008…
Meeting ID: 854 9878 3008
Passcode: 316345

DONATE To LVAT Week

Want to make a difference in the life of a Survivor?

Please consider making a direct donation to our LVAT Collaborative. Your gift will directly support survivors of human trafficking, modern-day slavery.

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

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