If you are a witness to or victim of
Human Trafficking, contact the
Human Trafficking Hotline:
HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)
Who We Are — and Why
Before Our Very Eyes is a human trafficking awareness campaign with a focus on domestic human trafficking which involves both sexual exploitation and forced labor. Our goal is to reach people who know very little about human trafficking, to encourage them to learn more about the topic, to identify it in our own surroundings, and to fight it right here in our own neighborhoods. An effective fight against the crime of human trafficking will require the informed eyes and ears of many.
BEFORE OUR VERY EYES was created in 2015, when Georgi LaBerge and Pamela Estes decided to join forces to increase public awareness about domestic human trafficking. They did research and reached out to many different organizations to learn more, plan and privately fundraise to host a public awareness event in Redwood City. They were soon joined by Belinda Carr and Micki Carter. These four community volunteers served as the first steering committee to organize the first BEFORE OUR VERY EYES human trafficking awareness event. They recognized that human trafficking is a dark and sobering issue, so they developed a plan to make the issue more approachable through various artistic mediums. The event took place in Redwood City, CA on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Following the 2016 kick off, the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC) has partnered with BEFORE OUR VERY EYES in finding opportunities to increase awareness about human trafficking among residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Human trafficking is modern day slavery. It involves controlling a person through force, fraud, or coercion to exploit the victim for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or both. California is one of the nation’s top four destination states for trafficked persons, and the Bay Area in particular is a national hot spot for human trafficking. Posters that reference the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline number 888-373-7888 have saved lives in other states, and they can do the same in California.
Will you help us raise awareness about this event?
Print flyers to post at your work place or at businesses in your neighborhood!