University, community organizations continue efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking

Iowa City Public Library
Iowa City Public Library will host a screening of Sex and Money this Wednesday. — photo by Adam Burke

A number of organizations will join together Wednesday to “bridge the gap between the university and city” in efforts to raise awareness for human trafficking prevention.

The UI Human Rights Student Collective will host a screening of Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth, a documentary addressing domestic minor sex trafficking and its modern day prevention efforts, on Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) in Meeting Room A.

A tabling event, hosted by the UI Center for Human Rights, will precede the screening in Room B of the ICPL. Local organizations like UI Amnesty International, Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Rape Victim Advocacy Program, Women’s Resource & Action Center, UI Feminist Union and the Iowa United Nations Association will be there to answer questions on how to stay safe while providing information on issues surrounding human rights abuses, like human trafficking and sexual violence.

Senior Brittany Kimzey, director of the UI Human Rights Student Collective and an intern with the UI Center for Human Rights, hopes the event will educate attendees while highlighting local resources.

“If people are interested in combating these issues, they can do it locally,” Kimzey said. “I thought it would be really great to have those organizations represented.”

UI Amnesty International, a local chapter of an international human rights organization, will host a “Write-4-Rights” campaign this Thursday in the University Capitol Centre from 7-10 p.m. as a continuation of prevention and awareness efforts. The campaign will focus on Iowa laws that negatively affect youth victims and how writing letters to county attorneys can call for potential action.

“I really just want people to realize this is an issue,” Kimzey said. “Everybody wants to think that’s it’s not happening in Iowa, or that’s not happening in America, and it definitely is.”

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