California’s Forgotten Children is a documentary fueled by the powerful stories of survivors of child sex trafficking and advocates with a desire to foster change by protecting children and putting an end to this epidemic. Winner of the 2018 Best Documentary at the Soho International Film Festival in New York, the film recounts true stories of girls and boys who were commercially sexually exploited in California and are now survivors and courageous leaders fighting for the rights of victims worldwide.
The film will be screening on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and invites members of Congress, lawmakers, and the general public to join us in creating solutions to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of children are being enslaved and sold for sex at an average of 15 times a day, 6 days a week, totaling 14,040 sex acts a year. It is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry generating $9.8 billion in the world today. Over 60% of children rescued fell through the cracks of the foster care system. California’s Forgotten Children points out not only the injustices done to victims but also offers solutions to help spread change in society. It shares an empowering message of how each survivor took control of her/his life developing into strong leaders and champions for change.
The film has reached thousands of people internationally raising awarenessabout the prevalence of child sex trafficking through festival and community screenings; mobilizing change within communities by partnering with local advocates and survivor leaders, and inspiring education reform that advocates for bringing an end to the exploitation of children.
Please join us for a special screening of the film Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 at 04:30 pm to 7:30 pm in SD-106 in the Dirksen Senate Building and listen to the stories of survivors.
By joining the screening, you, along with our national partners, ambassadors, and the nationwide advocacy community will spark an important conversation about child sex trafficking and empower a movement of advocates to address this epidemic by supporting survivors on their path to freedom.
Thank you so much to the Senator Harris's Office, Senate Rules Committee, Jamerson Sean Watson (the National LAP Project Director for the Lethality Assessment Program and former manager of Bay Area Women Against Rape’s Sexually Exploited Minors Program) and Sharan Dhanoa (Director of Strategic Development South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking.)
This screening is free and open to the public. Please spread the word to friends, family, and colleagues in the Washington DC Area.