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Innocents at Risk Gala, September 18, 2018

September 26, 2018

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SOLD! 
by Janet Donovan  |  on September 23rd, 2018  |
Photo credit: Neshan Naltchayan
September 18th, Innocents at Risk brought together Government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corp, representatives of the corporate world, friends of the philanthropic world, non-profit organizations and the press to celebrate what is being done to help prevent child trafficking. The Benefit evening at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC recognized Award Winning Film Director Jeffrey Brown for his film SOLD which has served as an excellent awareness tool for all the organizations to end child trafficking. Hollywood on the Potomac recently spoke with Brown and his producing partner Jane Charles.
“I’m a filmmaker, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a good friend.  When I read the book SOLD, the award-winning novel by Patricia McCormick almost 10 years ago and started researching human trafficking, I didn’t realize that this is the second highest grossing illegal crime (2nd only to drug trafficking) and that it is happening right here in the United States,” Charles us. ”Making this film was both the most difficult and the most worthwhile thing I have ever done in my life so far.  I spent almost 10 years researching, making and distributing SOLD.  Jeffrey Brown, the writer/director of SOLD and I traveled to India and Nepal several times before shooting the film and went back after to shoot some pick-ups and record needed audio.  I fell in love with India and Nepal and our extended families in both countries that we met along the way, especially the survivors, the many girls we met at rescue facilities and shelters that we remember and carry with us every day. Making the film SOLD forever changed the trajectory of my life and career.  What began as a feature film to create global awareness of human trafficking has turned into an ongoing advocacy and impact campaign.”
Jeffrey Brown
“What most people don’t realize is that human trafficking is a 150 billion dollar industry; that children are being bought and sold in every city in the world, in every country in the world,” she added.  “This is a global issue. We have to join together and work to end this misery.  Millions of children are sexually abused, beaten, held captive and sold every day.  It’s hidden – the perpetrators would like us to believe that ‘it doesn’t happen here.’ Yet it does and we all have to act – governments, non-profits, business and citizens.  We all have to unify and join together and hit this issue on every level possible. Stories have the power to ignite activism and to change the world.”
Deborah Sigmund
Innocents at Risk Founder Deborah Sigmund also recognized the Marriott Corporation for being a leader in the Corporate World by training their employees to report situations of possible exploitation and child trafficking. She talked about a situation she witnessed in a Tampa Florida Marriott Hotel during a Conference where she was speaking about Child Trafficking, an actual situation of human traffickers selling young girls for sex. The hotel staff reported the suspicious activity to police and the FBI. Deborah said that it was very appropriate to present Tony Capuano of Marriott International Corporation The Innocents at Risk Corporate Responsibly Award and thanked Tony for his leadership at Marriott to do something to save young lives!
Jeffrey Brown, Staci Capuano, Tony Capuano with Deborah Sigmund
Deborah thanked both recipients and said that this film was  “a Gift” and a tremendous tool to use in schools, churches Embassies and communities to create Awareness! Deborah presented Jeffrey Brown with the Innocents at Risk ” Making a Difference” Award. Jeffrey thanked Deborah and said she was his “Heroine” and said it was amazing how much Innocents at Risk had accomplished in just 13 years. Jeffrey thanked everyone in the audience for supporting Innocents at Risk.
NBC’s Barbara Harrison was the event MC.

Innocents at Risk Fights the Scourge of Child Trafficking

July 30, 2018

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Innocents at Risk Fights the Scourge of Child Trafficking

Consular | Diplomatic Forum, Summer 2018

ESTABLISHED IN 2005 BY DEBORAH SIGMUND, Innocents at Risk is dedicated to protecting children from Exploitation and Child Trafficking. Working to raise awareness of the horrors of child trafficking, Innocents at Risk has built partnerships with the Department of State, corporations working to end trafficking, embassies, organizations, churches, law enforcement, and schools to help prevent the Trafficking of Women and Children.

When people hear the term ‘Child Trafficking,’ they usually think of something on the other side of the world. Unfortunately, Child Trafficking is in every state in the US and in every corner of the world. The Trafficking of Children is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. It is a $150 Billion Business annually! It is more lucrative than the drug trade. Why? In order to get into drug trafficking, one needs cash; to get into Child Trafficking, one just needs a child.

Innocents at Risk began by sponsoring Awareness Events in the US and abroad to open the eyes of people everywhere about Child Trafficking. Involving the diplomatic and consular community was essential to addressing the transnational aspect of Child Trafficking. Embassies hosted events where we invited speakers from the Department of State, the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, the National Human Trafficking Hotline run by the Polaris Project, and Shared Hope International.

In 2008, a senior flight attendant for American Airlines heard about the Awareness Events sponsored by Innocents at Risk and contacted us. She said, “We see what you are talking about on planes and in the airports and we don’t know what to do about it.” The staff at Innocents at Risk realized immediately that the worldwide network of flight attendants was a natural partner in the fight to prevent Human Trafficking. They responded to her inquiry, letting her know that Innocents at Risk would work with them to solve that problem. Innocents at Risk produced a brochure giving Flight Attendants the knowledge of what to look for and the protocol for reporting a red flag situation. This partnership resulted in a tremendous breakthrough in identifying potential victims and saving lives. In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security supported our initiative by putting out an undated protocol. This DHS Protocol is still in effect and saves thousands of lives annually.

Empowering flight attendants to recognize and help prevent the transport of human trafficking victims across international lines represents one critical way that Innocents at Risk has worked to save children from the horrors of Child Trafficking. Sharing information and partnering with embassies, the Departments of State and Homeland Security, and other NGO’s has also helped to rescue young victims and capture human traffickers. While both of these areas of concentration have made substantial differences, human traffickers find many creative ways to procure more young victims.

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

Innocents at Risk Heros!

July 31, 2017

Innocents at Risk thanks the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for their continued efforts to arrest and remove members of the MS-13 Gang, known participants in human trafficking.

Read a transcript from recent testimony presented by DHS/ICE before the Senate: “The MS-13 Problem: Investigating Gang Membership As Well As Its Nexus to Illegal Immigration, and Assessing Federal Efforts to End the Threat

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Innocents at Risk Gala, September 18, 2018

WashLife-GalaPhotos

 

SOLD! 
by Janet Donovan  |  on September 23rd, 2018  |
Photo credit: Neshan Naltchayan
September 18th, Innocents at Risk brought together Government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corp, representatives of the corporate world, friends of the philanthropic world, non-profit organizations and the press to celebrate what is being done to help prevent child trafficking. The Benefit evening at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC recognized Award Winning Film Director Jeffrey Brown for his film SOLD which has served as an excellent awareness tool for all the organizations to end child trafficking. Hollywood on the Potomac recently spoke with Brown and his producing partner Jane Charles.
“I’m a filmmaker, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a good friend.  When I read the book SOLD, the award-winning novel by Patricia McCormick almost 10 years ago and started researching human trafficking, I didn’t realize that this is the second highest grossing illegal crime (2nd only to drug trafficking) and that it is happening right here in the United States,” Charles us. ”Making this film was both the most difficult and the most worthwhile thing I have ever done in my life so far.  I spent almost 10 years researching, making and distributing SOLD.  Jeffrey Brown, the writer/director of SOLD and I traveled to India and Nepal several times before shooting the film and went back after to shoot some pick-ups and record needed audio.  I fell in love with India and Nepal and our extended families in both countries that we met along the way, especially the survivors, the many girls we met at rescue facilities and shelters that we remember and carry with us every day. Making the film SOLD forever changed the trajectory of my life and career.  What began as a feature film to create global awareness of human trafficking has turned into an ongoing advocacy and impact campaign.”
Jeffrey Brown
“What most people don’t realize is that human trafficking is a 150 billion dollar industry; that children are being bought and sold in every city in the world, in every country in the world,” she added.  “This is a global issue. We have to join together and work to end this misery.  Millions of children are sexually abused, beaten, held captive and sold every day.  It’s hidden – the perpetrators would like us to believe that ‘it doesn’t happen here.’ Yet it does and we all have to act – governments, non-profits, business and citizens.  We all have to unify and join together and hit this issue on every level possible. Stories have the power to ignite activism and to change the world.”
Deborah Sigmund
Innocents at Risk Founder Deborah Sigmund also recognized the Marriott Corporation for being a leader in the Corporate World by training their employees to report situations of possible exploitation and child trafficking. She talked about a situation she witnessed in a Tampa Florida Marriott Hotel during a Conference where she was speaking about Child Trafficking, an actual situation of human traffickers selling young girls for sex. The hotel staff reported the suspicious activity to police and the FBI. Deborah said that it was very appropriate to present Tony Capuano of Marriott International Corporation The Innocents at Risk Corporate Responsibly Award and thanked Tony for his leadership at Marriott to do something to save young lives!
Jeffrey Brown, Staci Capuano, Tony Capuano with Deborah Sigmund
Deborah thanked both recipients and said that this film was  “a Gift” and a tremendous tool to use in schools, churches Embassies and communities to create Awareness! Deborah presented Jeffrey Brown with the Innocents at Risk ” Making a Difference” Award. Jeffrey thanked Deborah and said she was his “Heroine” and said it was amazing how much Innocents at Risk had accomplished in just 13 years. Jeffrey thanked everyone in the audience for supporting Innocents at Risk.
NBC’s Barbara Harrison was the event MC.

Innocents at Risk Fights the Scourge of Child Trafficking

consularforumlogo

Innocents at Risk Fights the Scourge of Child Trafficking

Consular | Diplomatic Forum, Summer 2018

ESTABLISHED IN 2005 BY DEBORAH SIGMUND, Innocents at Risk is dedicated to protecting children from Exploitation and Child Trafficking. Working to raise awareness of the horrors of child trafficking, Innocents at Risk has built partnerships with the Department of State, corporations working to end trafficking, embassies, organizations, churches, law enforcement, and schools to help prevent the Trafficking of Women and Children.

When people hear the term ‘Child Trafficking,’ they usually think of something on the other side of the world. Unfortunately, Child Trafficking is in every state in the US and in every corner of the world. The Trafficking of Children is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. It is a $150 Billion Business annually! It is more lucrative than the drug trade. Why? In order to get into drug trafficking, one needs cash; to get into Child Trafficking, one just needs a child.

Innocents at Risk began by sponsoring Awareness Events in the US and abroad to open the eyes of people everywhere about Child Trafficking. Involving the diplomatic and consular community was essential to addressing the transnational aspect of Child Trafficking. Embassies hosted events where we invited speakers from the Department of State, the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, the National Human Trafficking Hotline run by the Polaris Project, and Shared Hope International.

In 2008, a senior flight attendant for American Airlines heard about the Awareness Events sponsored by Innocents at Risk and contacted us. She said, “We see what you are talking about on planes and in the airports and we don’t know what to do about it.” The staff at Innocents at Risk realized immediately that the worldwide network of flight attendants was a natural partner in the fight to prevent Human Trafficking. They responded to her inquiry, letting her know that Innocents at Risk would work with them to solve that problem. Innocents at Risk produced a brochure giving Flight Attendants the knowledge of what to look for and the protocol for reporting a red flag situation. This partnership resulted in a tremendous breakthrough in identifying potential victims and saving lives. In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security supported our initiative by putting out an undated protocol. This DHS Protocol is still in effect and saves thousands of lives annually.

Empowering flight attendants to recognize and help prevent the transport of human trafficking victims across international lines represents one critical way that Innocents at Risk has worked to save children from the horrors of Child Trafficking. Sharing information and partnering with embassies, the Departments of State and Homeland Security, and other NGO’s has also helped to rescue young victims and capture human traffickers. While both of these areas of concentration have made substantial differences, human traffickers find many creative ways to procure more young victims.

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

Innocents at Risk Heros!

Innocents at Risk thanks the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for their continued efforts to arrest and remove members of the MS-13 Gang, known participants in human trafficking.

Read a transcript from recent testimony presented by DHS/ICE before the Senate: “The MS-13 Problem: Investigating Gang Membership As Well As Its Nexus to Illegal Immigration, and Assessing Federal Efforts to End the Threat