Human Trafficking Awareness Week 2009

Columbia’s 2nd annual Human Trafficking Awareness Week was held from September 19-24th, 2009.

The theme of the week’s activities was Take Action…Until Everyone is Free.


Events included:

Saturday, September 19, 2009

  • Recreate: Making Art at Douglass Park, provided an opportunity for family fun and children’s creativity. The event was sponsored by Rainbow House and Karis Community Church. /
  • A Fair Trade Bazaar showcased fair-trade products from India, Peru, Haiti, Guatemala, Mexico, Ghana, and more. The event was sponsored by Mustard Seed Fair Trade in partnership with Global Market, First Christian Church, and Not For Sale.
  • The MU student organization Stop Traffic hosted a dance marathon at the Underground Café/Cherry Street Artisan. Stop Traffic – Start Dancing! raised awareness about modern-day slavery and raised funds to support anti-trafficking work locally. Performers included Latin Fuego, the Hispanic American Leadership Organization’s dance team, and Pop Fiction.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Monday, September 21, 2009

  • Business Round Table Gathering at the District Office in Columbia. This event was designed to generate an open dialogue about how human trafficking affects us as consumers and business owners in our daily transactions.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

  • Movie Night with Stop Traffic – students and members of the public viewed the film Born Into Brothels, directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman. Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city’s notorious red light district.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

  • Working with Victims of Violence in Immigrant Communities – Linguistic and Cultural Issues. Over 50 people from social services, shelters, health care agencies, legal services, and other professions attended this 3 hour training. Barbara Bogomolov, RN, MSN, and director of Refugee Health and Interpreter Services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital spoke about the practical, legal, and ethical concerns involved in providing care for individuals in immigrant and refugee communities who have experienced violence, including human trafficking. The training was sponsored by CMSHTC with funding from the Rescue and Restore program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement.
  • Elizabeth D’Agostino and Deb Hume, co-chairs of the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, spoke to a wet (sudden downpour!) but receptive audience about human trafficking at Carpe Diem’s Hot Button Topic Thursday.
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