HOW WE GOT OUR START
Life Preservers Project is an International Collaboration of Artists
Dedicated to Eradicating Human Trafficking.
In 2008 my dear friend Bonnie Whitfield approached me about donating a painting to a small art auction at her Bushwick loft to raise funds for the fledgling non profit Restore NY. I did not know Faith Huckel nor much about the cause, but after hearing her speak at the art auction about the lack of resources and housing for trafficked individuals in NYC I was horrified. I started doing some research of my own, after which I felt it was necessary to use my connections both as an artist and as a legal recruiter to make a difference and raise awareness and money any way I could. Through my research and travels I met some of the most beautiful people, the people who run GEMS-Girls, and the survivors. Leora Edut founder of Goddess on the Go, Monica Watkins founder of Art in Motion, Izzy Katz Charity Organizer Deluxe, Laura Trevino, Photographer and Board Member of Life Preservers Project and many more who have donated their time for 5 years to this cause.
We officially formed Life Preservers Inc in 2009. Our Mission was to use the arts to educate and entertain while raising awareness and
much needed funds for the victims of Human Trafficking both locally and
internationally. Since 2010 we have hosted several large
fundraising events. This would not be possible without the help of Legal Industry Networking Groups including: B-Discovery, PALS, NY City
Paralegal Association and ECALSM. The help of these groups and the
generous donations from several of the nations largest Legal Services
Providers helped us to raise over $40,000 to date that was in turn donated to organizations that directly provide services to the survivors!
Please join us in this important battle to end modern day slavery. Call Toll Free to Report Human Trafficking:
If this is an Emergency, call 911 Non-Emergency Reports
National Hotline (Multi-Lingual) 1-888-3737-888
Korean Hotline 1-888-976-5274
Spanish Hotline 1-888-80-AYUDA (1-888-80-29832) NYC
: Call 311 or visit NYC: Lets End Human Trafficking
Further Resources include: State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Department of Health and Human Services Anti-Trafficking Program Department of Homeland Security Anti-Trafficking Program
Trafficking in persons, or human trafficking, is a tragically widespread form of modern-day slavery. Pursuing and prosecuting traffickers and rescuing victims of trafficking are high priorities of the Department of Justice. The Office of Legal Policy coordinates the development of the Department's anti-trafficking policies and is responsible for compiling the Attorney General's Annual Report to Congress on U.S. Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons and the Assessment of U.S. Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons. The Assistant Attorney General serves as the Department's representative to the Senior Policy Operating Group, an Executive level policy implementation group created to address emerging inter-agency policy, grants, and planning issues.
[More information at USDOJ
"Human trafficking is a violation of the human body, mind and spirit. For this vile practice to be taking place in a country that the world looks to as a beacon of freedom... is a terrible irony and an utter tragedy."
- Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, 2006 National Conference on Human Trafficking