Raising Awareness of Today’s Slavery
Location: John S. Toll Science Center
CHESTERTOWN, MD—Asia Graves, a survivor of modern-day slavery who has worked tirelessly to prevent the exploitation of young girls and to help victims heal, will visit Washington College on November 21 for the third and final event of the Fall 2013 Human Trafficking Series. Graves will speak at 5:30 p.m. in Litrenta Hall, Toll Science Center, about her own horrific experience and journey to freedom and how she has dedicated her life to raising awareness of the extent of human trafficking in the United States today.
Until recently, Graves served as survivor advocate and Maryland Outreach Services Coordinator for FAIR Girls, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-trafficking organization that aims to quell the exploitation of young women through education and empowerment. (FAIR stands for Free, Aware, Inspired, Restored.) At FAIR Girls, Graves helped take the organization’s curriculum into high schools, youth shelters and detention facilities in the greater Baltimore area.
Graves has worked with multiple non-profit organizations around the country to raise awareness of human trafficking, and has been featured in major media, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, and USA Today newspapers and the television shows Nightline and The Katie Show. This past June she testified before the United States Senate Finance Committee’s hearing on trafficking and exploitation in America.
Sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the trafficking series was developed in conjunction with a first-year Global Research and Writing course at Washington College. Students are exploring connections between past and present forms of slavery and partnering with the Lincoln Cottage Museum in Washington, D.C. to convert a display on human trafficking into a travelling exhibition that will visit college campuses across the nation. For more information, visit www.washcoll.edu/centers/starr.
– George Gabriel ’14