The Second Annual Red Sand Gala: A night of anti-human trafficking art and advocacy. (4/4)

On April 4 at 6:00 p.m., please join us for an evening of art, education, and empowerment, in Vassar College’s Ely Hall/Aula building, to raise awareness of human trafficking. The evening will include a three-part speaker series on: trafficking at a local and United States level; the Red Sand Project — an artist and activist project to raise awareness on human trafficking; and Shamere McKenzie's story as a survivor of trafficking.

We will serve light appetizers, dinner, and dessert with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. In addition, numerous local and Vassar organizations will staff tables with information about resources and ways to get involved in the anti-trafficking efforts at Vassar and in the Poughkeepsie community. The mission of our Gala is to raise awareness and form solidarity against human trafficking through art, dialogue, and collaboration across Vassar's campus and the Dutchess community.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. The program starts at 6:00 p.m. and will run until 9:00 p.m. There is a red semiformal suggested dress code. Reservations are required for all attendees:

Free for all students and current Vassar staff, faculty, and professors; tickets can be reserved here:

$20 for Vassar alumnae/i and community members:

Limited space available.

Presentations will be given by:

Courtney Albert, LMHC: Founder and President of Give Way To Freedom.

David Garcia: Head of Dutchess County Anti-Trafficking Task Force, Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services.
Shamere McKenzie: human trafficking survivor, Anti-trafficking Ambassador to Jamaica, and CEO of Sungate Foundation.

Molly Gochman: Board Member of the Freedom Fund, Founder of The Red Sand Project and Stardust.

Sponsored by The Underground, Give Way to Freedom, Love 146, The Red Sand Project, Amnesty International, Women’s Studies, Art Department, Urban Studies, Sociology, English, Vassar Greens, International Studies, Women’s Center, Pro-Health, Psychology Department, and Choice.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, March 28, 2019