We Are Everywhere: The Trafficking of Women and Girls

Trafficking happens right in our backyards. It takes many forms, including the trade in women and girls as slave labor or funneling them into the sex industry. With panelists from diverse fields of expertise, we will discuss what trafficking means, its root cause/s, and ways everyone can take action.

For 17 years, AF3IRM’s Purple Rose Campaign has actively fought against the global sex trade and we understand that the tri-helix of class, gender, and race impacts women and girls of color most severely. Women and girls of color are most likely to be subject to the patriarchal right of sexual access (from rape to catcalling) and be the poorest of the poor across all races and ethnicities in the US.

• Native women are murdered at 10 times the national rate.
• 68,000 black women are missing.
• Two-thirds of human trafficking victims are from Asia.

Ninotchka Rosca, writer, journalist, activist and founder of AF3IRM will share her insights during the upcoming panel: “We Are Everywhere: The Trafficking of Women and Girls” following the May 22, 2016 production of Spiderwoman Theater’s performance of “Material Witness.” In “Material Witness”, Spiderwoman Theater, regarded as one the most influential Native theatre companies “in the history of the country” (Oskar Eustis, Public Theater), turns their “story-weaving” dance-theatre to issues of violence against women in Indigenous communities.

We Are Everywhere


Sunday, May 22, 2016
3:30 to 4:30 pm (following the 2pm performance of “Material Witness”)
La Mama Experimental Theatre Club
First Floor Theatre
74a East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003


  • NINOTCHKA ROSCA, writer, journalist, activist; founder of AF3IRM (http://www.af3irm.org/af3irm/)
  • ANNE H. POLLACK, musician, visual artist, writer, student of dance and activist; founder and executive director, Crossing Points Arts,http://www.crossingpointarts.org/.
  • KAYLA WANG, counselor advocate and coordinator, Asian Women Empowerment (AWE) program at New York Asian Women’s Center,http://www.nyawc.org/.
  • Panel Moderated by: DOROTEA MENDOZA

The panel follows the 2pm performance of “Material Witness.” The panel is free and open to the public, but attend the performance to guarantee a seat. Buy your tickets here: http://lamama.org/material-witness/.

“Material Witness” is presented by La MaMa ETC in association with Spiderwoman Theater and Aanmitaagzi, A Loose Change Production
by Spiderwoman Theater.

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