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I'm a member of the Amnesty International club at my school. We held a human rights conference in May. Many inspiring speakers came to talk about their organizations. Carl Wilkens was the keynote speaker. He was the last remaining American civilian during the Rwandan genocide. The event was very well-attended and our club is looking forward to next year's conference!
I was fortunate enough to assist Annie Fukushima, founder of Students & Artists Fighting to End Human Slavery. She is currently studying Ethnic Studies & Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, & Sexuality at UC Berkeley.
For her session, she started off with information about what human trafficking is, where it is, and the different ways to help. Then she had us break into groups and paint on canvasses. For this painting, my group chose a word that we felt represented human trafficking: trapped. Our heart was chained down with the pain of human trafficking.
If you're interested in Students & Artists Fighting to End Human Slavery, you can visit their website at www.safehs.com.
May 31, 2008.
Also by Melissa Ott
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