I can’t conceptualize 27 million people.  Can you?  How large would a room have to be to fit 27 million people?  Can you envision it?  Right now 27 million people are currently enslaved and/or trafficked worldwide.  Pardon me for not being blasé, but that’s astonishing.  
Freedom Week is a coalition of abolitionists working to raise awareness and fight modern day slavery by inspiring action and providing opportunities for advocacy. “Contemporary slavery can be abolished. It begins with one person investing in freedom.”
Participate in Freedom Week and help to make a substantial change.
Sunday, September 20th, 2009
Fatal Promises documentary - 3, 5, 7 and 9:30pm*
Price: $11; $8 student; $6 senior
Fatal Promises is an in-depth and honest look into the scourge of human trafficking. Through personal stories of victims of trafficking, and interviews with politicians, non-governmental organizations and activists, Fatal Promises juxtaposes the brutal realities of human trafficking suffered by victims and battled by activists, with the hollow rhetoric of politicians and pundits who claim to be making significant strides in combating this horrific crime against humanity.

Special guest speakers:
- Sept. 23: Pamela Chen, Assistant U.S. Attorney of History Starts Now
- Sept. 24: Norma Ramos, co-executive director of Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

*Film runs from Sept. 16-24.
The Economics of Sex Slavery with author Siddharth Kara - 1pm
3009 Broadway near 116th St
New York New York 10027
Price: FREE
Siddharth Kara, author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery presents an eye-opening examination of the business of sex trafficking and the economic forces that drive it. He will also discuss what can be done to combat this rapidly growing, disturbingly profitable industry.

Directions: Enter Barnard College gates at 3009 Broadway. Turn left and walk through the Barnard Quad. Enter the doors to Brooks Hall directly opposite from the quad entryway. Lewis Parlor will be right in front upon entry.
Monday, September 21st, 2009
The World of Sex Trafficking by NY Times journalist Nicholas Kristof & Kaign Christy of International Justice Mission - 8pm
Price: FREE*
In nearly every nation, women are enslaved within the multibillion-dollar sex trafficking industry. Thanks to writers and activists, their plight is being told and growing numbers are being set free. Come hear Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Kaign Christy, director of Southeast Asia for International Justice Mission, tell of their respective journeys into—and work within—the tumultuous world of front-line activism. Presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A with Columbia Journalism School professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Mirta Ojito.

*Free tickets can be reserved online and picked up at the Lerner Center on campus.
"Faces of Freedom" photography exhibit co-sponsored by UNICEF & RugMark - TBA
3 U.N. Plaza at 44th St.
Price: FREE
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, UNICEF’s Danny Kaye Visitor’s Center will host "Faces of Freedom," an acclaimed nationally touring photography exhibit co-sponsored by the nonprofit RugMark and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. This collection of black-and-white and color photographs, taken by acclaimed documentary photographer U. Roberto Romano in South Asia, depicts illegal child labor in the handmade rug industry and RugMark’s innovative, replicable solution to the problem.

Exhibit will run from Sept. 21-Oct. 31.
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
"Redemption Songs of Freedom" benefit concert - 8pm, doors open at 7:30pm
Price: $5 with CUID; $15 without*
Former child soldier survivor Grace Akallo, a college student and peace activist, will share her firsthand experience of modern-day slavery and her personal journey toward hope. Indie musician Braddigan will perform. All proceeds will go directly to the Children of War Rehabilitation Center and World Vision's Area Development Program in Gulu, Uganda.

Announcement: Unfortunately, Emmanuel Jal will no longer be performing. We apologize for any inconvenience.

*$5 with Columbia Univ. ID; $15 without. Tickets can be purchased online and picked up at the Lerner Center on campus.
Q&A Forum with Restore and others - 7-9:30pm
Price: FREE
Faith Huckel, co-founder of Restore, an NYC organization that provides safe housing and support to sex trafficking victims, will lead a Q&A on what can be done to help survivors after they have been rescued. Dan Chung, a founding member of Crossing Borders, which helps refugees and orphans in northeast China, will also speak.
At the End of Slavery documentary - 12:30pm
One Bernard Baruch Way (55 Lexington Ave at 24th St)
New York New York 10010
US (646) 312-1150
Price: FREE
Sigma Sigma Rho sorority and Stop Child Trafficking Now will host a screening of International Justice Mission's At the End of Slavery: The Battle for Justice in Our Time. Come find out more about how child trafficking affects our society today and how you can help.
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
Reading with Slave Hunter author Aaron Cohen - 4pm
Riverdale New York 10471
US 718-862-8000
Price: FREE
Author Aaron Cohen will read from his book, Slave Hunter, which recounts his firsthand experiences as a rocker-turned-antislavery activist working to free victims from bondage around the world. A discussion will follow.
Reading with The Snakehead author Patrick Radden Keefe - 7pm
Fifth Ave. at 42nd St.
Price: FREE with advance registration*
Author Patrick Radden Keefe discusses his new book, The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream, with Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found. The Snakehead is a nonfiction page-turner hailed by New York magazine as a "riveting blend of true crime and immigration history." Keefe's book traces the rise and fall of the most notorious Chinatown underworld crime boss: Sister Ping, a woman who created a global network of illegal smuggling and human trafficking that stretched from the Fujian Province, Burma and Kenya to Guatemala, Mexico and New York City's own Chinatown.

*Register in advance by emailing
See Me! Hear Me! dramatic play by director and choreographer Kathleen Thompson - 9pm
Price: FREE*
Write a book. Get tenure. That was the life goal of Gertrude Simmons, an Ivy League economics professor, as she embarked on researching entrepreneurship in global markets. When she discovers that one of the most lucrative entrepreneur markets is human slavery, her number-crunching intellect is forced to confront the human faces that loom behind the statistics. This is a jarring, surreal play about how a woman struggles to orient herself as the shrieking voice of human suffering drowns out all others.

*Free tickets can be reserved online and picked up at the Lerner Center on campus.
Thursday, September 24th, 2009
Rescued: Portraits of Survivors by artist Jeremy Penn - 11am-3pm
Price: FREE
Artist Jeremy Penn unveils paintings of hip-hop artist and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal as well as girls from GEMS who have bravely escaped commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking here in New York City. Created in the encaustic method, the portraits reveal the layers of strength, courage and beauty of these survivors.
Fashion Fights Slavery presentation - 1-3pm
Seventh Ave at 27th St., Building C, Half Auditorium, 2nd floor
Price: FREE
Sponsored by Nomi Network and FIT, this fair features a short video on modern slavery, followed by a designer who will speak about how the fashion industry can play a key role in combating human trafficking. Organizations already active in sustainable fashion will be present to answer questions and offer information and opportunities to get involved.
Friday, September 25th, 2009
The World of Restaveks with author Ben Skinner and Anna Grimaldi Colomer, founder of Teaching for Tomorrow - 4-6pm
Price: FREE
Ben Skinner, author of A Crime So Monstrous, and Anna Grimaldi Colomer, former executive director of the Puerto Rico for Committee for UNICEF and founder of Teaching for Tomorrow, will uncover the world of restaveks, children sold into labor slavery, both here in the U.S. and abroad.
Saturday, September 26th, 2009
Call + Response documentary + Special Guest Speakers - 3:30-7pm
Price: FREE
A music documentary that explores the many faces and forms of modern slavery and human trafficking, incorporating special musical performances by Moby and Five for Fighting, undercover footage and interviews with luminaries in the field.

The film will be preceded by special guest speaker Ambassador Luis de Baca of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Also speaking will be Ron Soodalter, co-author with Kevin Bales of The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today.
Sunday, September 27th, 2009
Stop Child Trafficking Now Walk - 9am-noon
62nd Street Adjacent to Lincoln Center
New York City
Price: Please see below*

History will be made on September 27, 2009, as individuals, corporations, religious organizations, communities and student groups come from all over to participate in the inaugural WALK to Stop Child Trafficking Now! This global event is slated to attract thousands of people who will walk throughout the world, while raising funds and broadening awareness for Stop Child Trafficking Now! This event has already attracted tremendous attention from the media, notable celebrities and numerous organizations interested in ending this heinous crime.

Featured speakers include SCTNow founders Ron and Lynette Lewis; Clark Stuart, president of the Special Operatives and Lisa Bevere, founder of Pearl Aliance.

*To sign up for the walk, please visit
Looking Forward - 7-9pm
251 W. 80th St near Broadway
Price: FREE

Spoken word poet Jonathan Walton will speak to the future of the fight against modern slavery and the path ahead for those who wish to answer the call to action. Participating anti-trafficking organizations will be present with more information about volunteer opportunities.