An exhibit to call attention to a matter of grave concern to all who believe that our future rests
upon protecting the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of our children.

October 15 - November 27, 2011

Opening Reception October 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm

At 8:00 pm, presentation by Raymond Bechard, author of The Berlin Turnpike
~ A true story of human trafficking in Connecticut.

Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by means of threat, use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception or abuse of power. The primary purpose of such actions is for exploitation, most commonly in the various forms of prostitution, servitude or the removal and sale of bodily organs. Trafficking in humans is the world's third largest criminal enterprise, after drugs and arms, with the market for child trafficking alone estimated to generate over 12 billion dollars and impact nearly 1.4 million child victims annually. The purpose of this thematic exhibition is to present an overview of the child trafficking phenomenon, specifically as a continuation of human slavery and oppression into the 21st century. Our goal is to promote an awareness and better understanding of a global problem that also has a significant national and local impact. Nearly three million children run away each year in the United States, thirty percent of whom go on to become victims of child trafficking.

This exhibition and its programming is a collaboration with �Free2Create� as part of the NOT FOR SALE Campaign Connecticut, Operation 21st Century which is a student led movement to engage young people to end slavery, and the Connecticut Humanities Council.


Operation Silence

Part of the Operation 21st Century student abolitionist movement who participated in the opening night for this exhibit.


Activism As A Spectator Sport. installation
Laurencia Ciprus


Laurencia Ciprus

October 15 - November 27, 2011

Laurencia's body of work strives to temper the frenetic pace of modern life while challenging viewers to question their preconceptions and expectations of individual experience. It is her goal to foster both internal dialogue and interpersonal contact regarding critical issues impacting the future of all humanity.

The work is based upon her relief efforts with Bonita St House of Hope during Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Oil Spill, the Aviation Industry and with those leading the fight against global human trafficking.


"There is no more basic human right than freedom from slavery . . . Yet, in its modern form of trafficking, this cruel practice persists on an enormous and alarming scale . . ."
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, May, 2010


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