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New Haven Film Fest


Human Rights Summit

A Day of Awareness 

November 14, 2015


The Shine the Light Project is proud to partner with The New Haven Film Festival for a day of Human Rights Awareness on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Join us in the heart of downtown New Haven for a morning and afternoon of engaging films, workshops, panel discussions with experts in the field of human trafficking and labor exploitation. Human rights films include Not My Life, Food Chains, Girl Rising, and SOLD.  


We'll examine the invisible crimes of human trafficking and labor exploitation from many different perspectives, with representatives from Department of Children & Family Services, Love146, Project Rescue, the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, Rep. Steve Harding, Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, Grace Farms Foundation, the New Haven Police Department, the University of New Haven's Coalition to Combat Trafficking in Persons, the International Institute of Connecticut, The Underground and STARFIsh Now. Learn what's being done to stop the exploitation of human beings - especially children - from happening in our state, and what you can do to help prevent it. ​


Following the screening of Food Chains, folks from Imagine Goods, the Hudson River Presbytery, and the Connecticut Council of Machinists,  a will be on-hand to discuss exploitation in the labor chains and the importance of buying Fair Trade.


 Representatives from the United Nations Girl Up movement will lead a discussion which shines the light on issues affecting girls - gender inequality, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and child marriage - after screening key chapters from the movie Girl Rising. ​


The evening portion of our event kicks off at the University of New Haven's Bucknall Theater with a keynote address from Jeff Blom, founder and president of Global Sentry

Group, followed by a VIP reception.  The award-winning film SOLD will screen as our grand finale, complete with a discussion about human trafficking - globally and locally - with Jeff Blom and Tim Pambach, Chair of the Forensic Science Department and Executive Director of the Henry Lee Institute, University of New Haven. 


Become an abolitionist. Join us in shining the light on human trafficking and stamping out modern day slavery - one of the biggest human rights issues facing humanity today.


Click here for the films trailer and descriptions of the workshops and panel discussions on Saturday, November 14th! 



Click here for full New Haven Film Fest Press Release 


Click Here for Ticket Packages 



For more information, please email the producer Dorina Leslie at



Got Camera?

Calling all filmmakers! 

Human Trafficking PSA Contest

for the New Haven Film Festival.


All submissions due no later than November 8, 2015.


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