World Bank hosts exhibition on trafficking

Invitation to exhibition and symposium16 May 2008 - Recently in Washington DC, the World Bank, with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Ricky Martin Foundation, the International Justice Mission, and Free The Slaves, launched an exhibition titled: "Borderless Captivity: Exploitation and Human Trafficking." A symposium inaugurated the event.

A combination of photography and video footage, the exhibition features work from photographer Kay Chernush; Howard G. Buffett, President of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation; Joao Silva and Olivier Asselin of the New York Times; Ted Haddock of the International Justice Mission; Academy Award nominated filmmaker Robert Bilheimer; and British photojournalists Pete Pattisson and Karen Robinson.

The exhibit is designed as a visual narrative to tell a story of abuse and despair caused by trafficking, but also of education, hope and redemption.

"Exploitation - and human trafficking in particular - has been recognized as a major concern to the World Bank's mission," said Mrs. Joy Phumaphi, Vice President of the World Bank's Human Development Network, who spoke about the connection between human trafficking, poverty and under-development. "For this reason, we are looking at ways of expanding our anti-trafficking efforts."

"These pictures ask a thousand questions," reflected Ms. Simone Monasebian, Chief of UNODC's New York Office, who also spoke about the work being done under the umbrella UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). "Art is an important and powerful advocacy tool to motivate people to take action."  

Photos on exhibit. Photo: World BankOther experts attending the symposium included Angel Saltos, Executive-Director of the Ricky Martin Foundation and Benjamin Skinner, author of "A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face With Modern Da y Slavery." Experts shared perspectives and knowledge from their own experiences battling trafficking and exploitation. 

The exhibition will remain on display at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC through 30 May 2008.   

For more information see the event brochure (PDF)