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Local nonprofits raise awareness of human trafficking on South Shore

Autumn Whitney
Ellen Nunes' "Say Something" will be on display at the Tuesday, Jan. 30, event.
Provided / Tahoe Activist Artists |

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, and as the calendar heads into February the local chapter of Partners Against Trafficking of Humans (PATH) is teaming up with Live Violence Free, Tahoe Youth and Family Services and Tahoe Activist Artists to educate the South Lake Tahoe community on the subject.

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, the nonprofits will give a presentation, screen documentaries, host a discussion and showcase related artwork to raise awareness of the human trafficking that takes place in Tahoe’s backyard.

“There will be a short documentary presented by 3Strands Global, a story about a local girl who was trafficked — and she’ll be sharing her story, which is obviously going to be hard to hear, but it’s filled with some things we really need to know about.

“PATH will talk about the new law that came into effect in January where school children will be educated about human trafficking in schools, and a Q&A section,” said Shelley Zentner, founder of Tahoe Activist Artists. She became involved in the event when PATH asked if the group wanted to play a role in the public meeting.

“We said yes — we’d love to throw our weight behind that and provide visuals for the evening to help round the message home, so we’re making work specifically for the event,” Zentner said. “We’re hoping that with imagery that’ll help touch people’s hearts in a way. We’re doing anything we can to support this.”

Held at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre, the event — known as Human Trafficking: A Look Beneath the Surface — will focus on prevention education and informing attendees on the problem, which occurs on Tahoe’s South Shore.

While there is no age restriction on who can attend the event, Zentner recommends parental discretion when bringing children.

Call 530-314-8423 or email tahoeactivistartists@gmail.com to learn more about the collaborative event, which is held 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The Duke Theatre is located on the LTCC campus, found at One College Drive.

Trafficking on Super Bowl weekend

According to PATH, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the busiest times for human trafficking — so Tahoe Activist Artists is planning a surprise event to combat this problem and continue the theme of raising awareness.

“I can’t give details — we want it to be a surprise — but we are looking for volunteers to help us with a project, especially male volunteers,” Zentner noted.

Those interested in working with Tahoe Activist Artists on Sunday, Feb. 4, should reach out to the organization through its Facebook page (@tahoeactivistartists). Volunteers will be contacted a day prior to the event with additional information.

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