Written by Livi Enriquez, Abolish Slavery intern
LONG BEACH, CALIF.—Passport 2 Freedom, a nonprofit that helps those who have been denied their basic human rights, is hosting their first ever charity event tonight, Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 9-11 p.m. (red carpet arrivals at 8:30) at the Long Beach Art Theatre in collaboration with the Abolish Slavery Coalition.
There will be live music featuring everything from folk to hip hop, and a dance performance from the Word in Motion Dance Co. A raffle with over $5,000 worth of prizes and a silent art auction are also part of the festivities along with free drinks and snacks. Underground musicians, skaters, snowboarders and models are expected to be in attendance. Havoc T.V. and local papers are covering the event.
Fifty percent of funds raised through the auction and donations will go directly to Abolish Slavery’s rescue missions where victims are transitioned out of sex trafficking.
Abolish Slavery helps prevent the spread of modern-day slavery by establishing and mentoring human trafficking task forces domestically and internationally in order to find and protect those who have fallen into slavery.
Passport 2 Freedom’s current cause is helping people in the Favela (slums) of Rio de Janeiro. The organization plans to build a creative arts center featuring programs that teach children to read and write.
“Basic human rights are not given to these people. The gap between the rich and the poor is the biggest in the world,” said Hanne Feller, founder of Passport 2 Freedom. “Kids in Brazil are easy targets because they aren’t registered anywhere. We are trying to get kids of the streets so they won’t become a target.”
The collaboration between the two organizations is a step forward in assisting victims in need.
“The effectiveness of combating human trafficking relies on partnerships because these collaborations help various organizations understand the complexity involved in the crime itself and in combating it, as these organizations themselves represent the intricate dynamics involved in human trafficking,” said Sandy Leger, Abolish Slavery Board Chairman.