New CNN Special Report on Human Trafficking in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – On July 14, 2015, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, its International Human Trafficking Institute (IHTI) and Circle of Friends: Living Water for Girls will host a private screening of the CNN Special Report Children for Sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking. Hosted by actress and long-time advocate, Jada Pinkett Smith, the documentary takes the viewer on an emotional journey into Atlanta’s sex trafficking hotspots to unpack the complex issue of modern-day slavery. The hour-long special report produced by CNN takes an intimate look at the human trafficking industry in the United States through the stories of children caught in the web and those fighting back against this form of modern-day slavery. It’s a comprehensive look at 21st century slavery, while focusing on the city of Atlanta, a city widely regarded as having one of the biggest problems, but also the most active and engaged citizenry. Airing on July 21st at 9:00 pm on CNN, the CNN Special Report Children for Sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking features several courageous girls who are recent graduates of the Circle of Friends: Living Water for Girls program.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights, IHTI and Circle of Friends: Living Water for Girls believe that this powerful documentary will expose the problem like never before.  It will also provide a great opportunity to open dialogue and make significant change in our communities, schools, courts, law enforcement agencies and houses of worship across the country on the issue of modern-day slavery. These opportunities include hosting conversations with young people in an effort to prevent others from becoming victims, offering intervention for those asking for help, inspiring yet others to engage perpetrators who recruit and demand to rape our children for profit and addressing the systemic issue that makes this crime perpetuate.

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About The Center for Civil and Human Rights: The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects The American Civil Rights Movement to today’s global Human Rights Movements. The Center features a continuously rotating exhibit from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, which includes many of Dr. King’s documents and personal items. Visitors will be immersed in experiential exhibits through powerful and authentic stories, historic documents, compelling artifacts, and interactive activities. The Center is a source for ongoing dialogue —hosting educational forums and attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. For more information, visit www.civilandhumanrights.org

Circle of Friends, Inc. and it’s programs, Living Water for Girls and Living Water Learning Campus Collaborative, assists girls and young women survivors of violence, street life, and human sex trafficking and exploitation providing a safe space to heal from traumatic life events, pursue educational endeavors and acquire skills to become self-sufficient. For more information about our organization and programs, visit www.cofcl.org