Last week the Cabrini Action and Advocacy Coalition (CAAC) hosted a night of arts and poetry written and performed by survivors of human trafficking. It was a wonderful event attended by more than 50 people. More than $700 was raised for LifeWay Network and BeaSister2aSister.
The event began with snacks and acoustic guitar music performed by Dan Baker. Josh Guerrero, an anti-trafficking activist from Washington Heights, was the MC of the evening. Poets Melanie and Takira performed pieces they wrote for this event. Cherisse created a photo slide show to the Whitney Houston song, “I Never Knew My Strength.” Actor AJ Hayes from The Possibility Project performed a narrative of one survivor’s story and move into activism. Members of the crowd were overall very moved. Some, including MC Josh, found themselves in tears. Speakers from LifeWay Network, BeaSister2aSister, and Mentari spoke to the crowd about the work their respective organizations are doing in the fight against human trafficking. The evening concluded with a raffle of four amazing prizes.
A huge thank you is due to everyone who prayed for the success of this event. Your support was certainly felt and very much appreciated.