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Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Week 2022

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.

Our Why

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 honored to celebrate our 4th 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 giving level.

Calendar of Events

04nov6:00 pm9:00 pmVisual Voices at Banana Factory for First Friday

06nov6:00 pm8:00 pmRed Sand Projects Coffee House Conversations

07nov6:00 pm8:00 pmNot For Sale and Candle Vigil

07nov6:00 pm8:00 pmRed Sand Project

08nov10:00 am12:00 pmRed Sand Project

09nov9:00 am2:30 pmHuman Trafficking Symposium

09nov4:00 pm8:00 pmPanera Fundraiser

10nov10:00 am1:00 pmSurvivor’s Award Brunch

10nov2:00 pm4:00 amRed Sand Project

11nov12:00 pm2:00 pmRed Sand Project

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.

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.

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.

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.

Survivor’s Award Brunch

Join us on November 10th for LVAT’s Survivor’s Award Ceremony, celebrating and commemorating the survivor leaders in the Lehigh Valley who LEAD the way! Event will be held at Folino’s Estate 10am-1pm.

Visual Voices - Art Installation

“Visual Voices”, a photo exhibit created by survivors and sponsored by ArtsQuest and the Pennsylvania Council on the ARts.  Come and see the world through the visual voices of survivors.  The photo display will deepen your understanding of the issues faced by survivors of human trafficking and share a glimpse into their hearts and minds through photos.  


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.

LVAT Week 2022 Sponsors

Glimpse of past events