Empathy Week at UNC Oct. 5-9 to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking

Empathy Week at UNC Oct. 5-9 will include a variety of activities aimed at raising awareness of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation that happens around the world, including local communities. The week will feature "The Apathy Effect," a multimedia exhibit about child exploitation, a documentary film about commercial sexual exploitation in oil and gas exploration boom towns, presentations by a victim of sexual exploitation and a panel discussion.

The presentations will be given by UNC business major Megan Lundstrom, whose experiences as a victim of sex trafficking prompted her to form Free Our Girls, a non-profit organization that provides awareness and prevention programs related to sex trafficking and exploitation.

Empathy Week Activities

Open Mic Night

Monday, Oct. 5; 9-11 p.m.; University Center, Fireside Lounge

Lundstrom will share information about human sex trafficking in Greeley and Weld County.

The Apathy Effect Exhibit

Tuesday-Thursday, Oct 6-8; University Center, Ballrooms

  • 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Individual self-guided tours
  • 5-9 p.m.: Guided group tours

Groups and classes should schedule an evening guided tour at http://www.apathyeffect.com/ or contact Mark Brende at mark@iempathize.org to schedule a daytime tour.

The 40-minute multi-media exhibit from iEmpathize is designed to erase apathy, ignite empathy, educate and empower participants. The exhibit narrative includes a guided tour experience that incorporates film, photography and artifacts to show where and why exploitation has occurred in the U.S., Asia, Russia and Mexico, and how participants can engage to end it.

Boom Night

Tuesday, Oct. 6; 7 p.m.; University Center, Ballrooms

Boom, a documentary film produced by iEmpathize about commercial sex exploitation in oil and gas exploration boom towns in Kansas, North Dakota and New Mexico. Lundstrom will share her experiences as a victim and survivor of commercial sex exploitation.

The Freedom Drivers Project

Friday, Oct. 9; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; University Center, South Parking Lot

The Freedom Drivers Project is a first-of-its-kind mobile exhibit that educates members of the trucking industry and general public about the realities of domestic sex trafficking and how the trucking industry is combating it. From its outside wrap, to the climate controlled interior that includes a theater station and artifacts from trafficking cases that connect people to the back stories of victims, to portraits of members of Truckers Against Trafficking and how they're working to end human trafficking, the trailer provides many with their first glimpse into human trafficking, as well as simple action steps anyone can take immediately.

Panel Discussion and Community Response Forum

Friday, Oct. 9; 10:15-11:45 a.m.; Brown Hall, Centennial Hall Room

Panelists will include Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner; Diana Laws, founder of the Northeast Colorado Coalition Against Trafficking; Chris Sarlo, from A Kid's Place; UNC Associate Professor of Sociology Angie Henderson; Dillon Thornton, senior pastor at Cornerstone Community Church; and Lundstrom. Keynote speaker will be Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke.

Empathy Week is sponsored by UNC's Reisher Scholars program and Free Our Girls, a local non-profit organization started by UNC student Megan Lundstrom.

For more information, please visit: http://www.apathyeffect.com

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