Summer Interns and Upcoming Events

Categories: Blog,Events,Trafficking

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If you’ve been following us on facebook or checked out our website recently, you’ve seen information about our DIY Contest.  We challenged local college students to design a project they could implement here at the YWCA for a budget of only $350 and their time during a part-time summer internship.  Students submitted proposals and a panel of judges chose the winners.  Two young women, Julia Wood and Liezl Cruz, were chosen as our winners.  Here is a brief description of each project they’ve been planning culminating in two really exciting events:

Art Exhibit, August 2nd @ TechShop, part of First Friday Artwalk

“I’ve been working on developing an art exhibit that presents the idea of trafficking to our community in an accessible but thought-provoking way. The art, created by local artists, both professional and amateur, addresses the themes of freedom and enslavement and aims to show that even today, in the twenty-first century, slavery is still rampant.  I am proud to announce that this show will be part of San Jose’s First Friday Artwalk series and will take place on Friday, August 2nd at the TechShop.  The show will also be accompanied by information about human trafficking and how to get involved in combatting the issue.”      Julia Wood

Public Demonstration & Open Mic, August 20th @ Farhenheit Lounge

“I’m thrilled to coordinate a community awareness event in San Jose about human trafficking.  On Tuesday, August 20th, a mass of volunteers will gather in downtown as human billboards with information about the prevelance and injustice of human trafficking in the Bay Area.  Following this public demonstration will be a freedom-themed open mic at Farhenheit Lounge.  Performances will provide a space for the community to express reflections on freedom and slavery through music, poetry and spoken word.  Those who join us at this event will have the opportunity to learn much more about human trafficking including how to advocate for human trafficking prevention efforts and become a modern day abolitionist”       Liezl Cruz