WA State NOW unites with help from the Seattle NOW and Thurston County NOW Chapters for an empowering series throughout June featuring educational webinars, film screenings and insightful film panels!


JUNE 7, 2020: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST

Film Screening – Skin in The Game

“Abducted off the sidewalk of suburban America, fifteen-year-old Dani (Sammi Hanratty) finds herself submerged in the horrific underground world of human trafficking. With no initial assistance from the police, Dani’s mother (Elisabeth Harnois) and an ex-prostitute (Erica Ash) take to the streets in an effort to find her before it is too late. First time director Adisa takes viewers on an intense journey of a horrific underground world and introduces us to characters from both sides of the street, some who survive… and others who are not so lucky.” More about the film

Film Discussion Panel Special Guests: Director – Adisa & Producer – Howard Barish

Find more details and how to register for Skin in The Game here

JUNE 14, 2020: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST

Documentary Screening – I Am Jane Doe

“Called “a gripping legal thriller” (Esquire); “a powerful call to action” (The Los Angeles Times); “viscerally emotional” (The Washington Post), I AM JANE DOE chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the classified advertising website that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice.  Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of other mothers, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer.” More about the film

Film Discussion Panel Special Guests: Nacole S, Mother of Trafficking Victim in Documentary Dr. Carolyn West, Psychology Teacher & Expert Witness

“Nacole S” was featured in “I am Jane Doe,” an awarded documentary as a mother of a trafficking survivor and is a passionate advocate for child sex trafficking survivors and their families. Nacole testified in Washington State in 2012 to help pass twelve laws from enhancing sentencing for traffickers and buys, to helping survivors have their change of prostitution vacated. Nacole participated in two documentary films that bring awareness to the issue of child sex trafficking in the U.S., “I am Jane Doe” by Mary Mazzio and “The Long Night” by Tim Matsui. Nacole has also testified for the U.S. Senate on how websites like Backpage.com profit financially from the sale of children. Currently Nacole volunteers for Team Hope where she supports other families that have had exploited children.

Dr. Carolyn West: refer to Module 2 June 10 for complete bio

Find more details and how to register for I am Jane Doe here

JUNE 20, 2020: 4:00PM – 7:00PM PST

Film Screening – SOLD the Movie

“SOLD is a narrative, feature film adaptation of the globally acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick.

Based on true stories, SOLD, is the story of Lakshmi who journeys from a pastoral, rural village in Nepal to a gritty brothel/prison called Happiness House in Kolkata, India.

Through one extraordinary girl’s story, SOLD illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, which affects millions of children around the globe every year. Globally the average age of a trafficked girl is thirteen, the same age as the girl in the film. SOLD is a call to action, and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit.

We hope our film, SOLD, will inspire a global movement to address this crime domestically and internationally.

SOLD is directed by Academy and Emmy award-winner, Jeffrey D. Brown, Executive Produced by two time Academy Award winner, Emma Thompson, Produced by Jane Charles, Co-Produced by Katie Mustard and Written by Joseph Kwong and Jeffrey D. Brown” Learn More

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Film Discussion Panel Special Guests: SOLD the Movie: SOLD Film Producer ~ Jane Charles Stolen Youth 501.C3: Executive Director ~ Marnie Backer

Jane Charles is a producer of film and television. Her feature film, “SOLD,” shot in India and Nepal with Oscar-winning Director Jeffrey D Brown and Executive Producer two-time Academy Award winner, Emma Thompson. Co-Produced by Katie Mustard and Written by Joseph Kwong and Jeffrey D. Brown, “SOLD” has won 5 audience awards and 3 jury awards in multiple International Film Festivals and has generated global fundraising campaign movements to end child trafficking. Jane also serves on the Board of Directors for Stolen Youth 501.c3 in Seattle WA.

Marnie Backer is the Executive Director of Stolen Youth 501.c3. Early in her career, Marnie served as the director of development and alumni relations for the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. After moving to the Pacific Northwest and working in development for several organizations including an international global health and disaster relief agency and the nation’s largest nonprofit infectious disease research institute, she began consulting for two international nonprofits and Stolen Youth 501.c3. Today, as its executive director, Marnie’s focus is on expanding the reach and effectiveness of Stolen Youth 501.c3, with the ultimate goal of preventing more young people from falling victim to child sex traffickers.

Find more details and how to register for SOLD here

JUNE 28, 2020: 12:00 – 2:00PM PST West Coast U.S.

Panel will be at Noon due to Film Speaker guest joining us from Spain

Documentary Screening – Sands of Silence… Waves of Courage

‘Sands of Silence” (SOS) is not a film exclusively about trafficking. Rather, is a film that addresses the interconnectivity of the full spectrum of sexual violence through its common denominator: silence. It is our clear vision that abuse and exploitation survivors need stakeholders to move beyond the silo paradigm that distinguishes one type of abuse/exploitation from another so they can jointly solve the common cause of all abuse and exploitation: survivor and community silence.” More about the film

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Film Discussion Panel Special Guest: Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, Film Producer/Director

World reporter and filmmaker Chelo Alvarez-Stehle producer/director/writer of the feature-length documentary SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage, has spent over two decades denouncing sexual violence and trafficking through her creative and humanitarian work. She became foreign correspondent for Spain’s El Mundo daily in Tokyo and then in Los Angeles. Chelo was interviewer and assistant director on TIN GIRLS documentary on child trafficking from Nepal to India, where she co-founded the Masala Project, an income-generating spice factory and animal farm for survivors. She has directed/produced several short documentaries, among them, SOLD IN AMERICA: A Modern-Day Tale of Sex Slavery, and developed SOS_SLAVES: Changing the Trafficking Game, a social impact video game. She is currently working on three documentary projects, one of them with sexual aggressors serving time.

Find more details and how to register for Sands of Silence here

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