On Tuesday, April 30, an important event will take place on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:45pm, I Am Jane Doe: A Conference on Sex Trafficking: exploitation, coercion, slavery is scheduled in Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall. This all-day program, free and open to the public, is intended for professionals, students, faculty, and the community-at-large. Registration is strongly recommended.
Online registration only:
safehomesorangecounty.org/JaneDoe. Orange County Human Rights Commission, Safe Homes of Orange County, and SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs are the presenters.
In addressing the current epidemic of sex trafficking, this one-day conference includes a film screening, post-screening session, a panel, and a training session.
The tone of the conference will be set with the screening of the eye-opening documentary film I Am Jane Doe. Winner of the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Film at the 2017 Hollywood Film Festival, it is narrated by Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio. I Am Jane Doe follows the journey of several sex trafficking victims and their mothers as legal battles and activism bring them up against the internet freedom law which provides a safe haven for website publishers such as Backpage.com, the adult classifieds site that for years was part of the Village Voice and was the vehicle for advertising underage girls for sex. The film’s impact provided a remarkable opportunity for culture shift and awareness, particularly with respect to the under-reported crime of child sex-trafficking.
Following the film screening, special guests Nacole Svendgard and her daughter, J.S. whose family’s story is one of several told in the film, will speak about their experiences.
For more information call (845) 562-5365 or visit safehomesorangecounty.org/ and.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs
Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage, accessible at 73 First Street.