Documentary Screening Aims To Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking
This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Michele Minor Wolf about the upcoming documentary screening of “Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth,” which aims to raise awareness about human trafficking.
Professional background: Earned a master’s degree and is executive director of Victims’ Intervention Program
Title: Co-chairwoman of the NEPA Task Force Against Human Trafficking
Q: What is the documentary “Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth” about?
A: “Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth” is a documentary that follows a group of journalists who travel across the United States seeking to understand how the sexual exploitation of children has become the nation’s fastest-growing form of organized crime. The documentary also looks at how our youth are groomed by traffickers and what can be done to stop it.
Q: What age is the documentary appropriate for?
A: Ages 12 and older. The average age in which girls are first trafficked is 12 to 14, so it’s crucial that we not only reach the community at large but that age group in particular.
Q: Who will speak at the event?
A: I will give a short introduction. We will have closing remarks from Wayne County District Attorney Patrick Robinson.
Q: How will proceeds be used?
A: All donations will be used to directly benefit victims served by Victims’ Intervention Program.
Q: Tell us about Victims’ Intervention Program of Wayne & Pike Counties.
A: Victims’ Intervention Program is a nonprofit agency that provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking, homicide, DUI crashes and more. VIP provides services to Wayne and Pike counties, with offices in both, but also to any victims and those touched by crime, regardless of where they reside. We provide a wide range of trauma-informed services, including crisis services offered 24 hours per day: a crisis hotline (570-253-4401 or 800-4VIP), crisis counseling, assistance with protection from abuse orders, emergency shelter, emergency transportation, and accompaniments to the hospital and/or police station. Post-crisis services include counseling, economic empowerment classes, housing assistance, assistance with crime victims’ compensation claims, accompaniment to social service agencies, risk reduction workshops, professional training, civil legal representation etc. The services are confidential and free.
If you go
What: “Sex and Money: A National Search for Human Worth” documentary screening
When: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St., Honesdale
Details: Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Victims’ Intervention Program at 570-253-4401 or visit vipempowers.org .