The film chronicles the battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice. The film features interviews with Demand Abolition chair and founder Ambassador Swanee Hunt, elected leaders, and our abolitionist partners across the country.
Ambassador Hunt will be joined by regional activists in the fight against sex trafficking:
Kay Khan, Massachusetts State Representative (D-Newton)
Mary Mazzio, Filmmaker
Donna Gavin, Boston Police Department Lieutenant Detective
Cherie Jimenez, EVA Center founder and survivor leader
Siddharth Kara, Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
This screening and dialogue connect distinguished members of the Boston anti-trafficking community with student groups and motivated residents who care about this issue, which harms the most vulnerable people in our community.
Light refreshments served.
Press about the film:
“The real heroes are the Jane Does who are courageously pursuing this, and who motivate us. It’s not just happening in the Philippines. It’s happening here.” – Tad Friend, The New Yorker
“Too often documentaries that take on the darkest topics are demoralizing at best and exploitative at worst. Without skirting the issue, the Jessica Chastain-narrated I AM JANE DOE (now playing in select cities) upends the familiar narrative surrounding child sex trafficking to become a gripping legal thriller.” – Esquire Magazine
“Federal judges were interpreting a law to basically say it’s legal to host advertisements for children? This is the United States of America! What the F?…” – Julia Felsenthal, Vogue Magazine