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Break the Chain | Evening with WKAR and CAATA

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Break the Chain
WKAR and the Capital Area Anti-trafficking Alliance (CAATA) present a screening and Q&A of Break the Chain

FREE – Thursday, January 18, 7 p.m. at WKAR | View the film and join the conversation on how human trafficking is present in not only the capital region but in all of Michigan. RESERVE SEATS HEREWKAR and the Capital Area Anti-trafficking Alliance (CAATA) present a screening and Q&A of Break the Chain, an original documentary produced and directed by Michigan documentary filmmakers, Laura E. Swanson and Kirk Mason. The film addresses the often "hidden-in-plain-sight" issue of human trafficking within Michigan communities and the United States. 

An Evening with WKAR and CAATA featuring Break the Chain takes place Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m.

The evening begins with a screening of the film and continues with conversation as panelists comment on the film and how human trafficking is present in communities across Michigan.

Panelists include: Dr. LaClaire Bouknight, CAATA chair and internal medicine specialist; Laura E. Swanson, Break the Chain co-director and producer; Detective Amber Kenny-Hinojosa, Ingham County Sheriff's Office; and Elizabeth Montemayor, CPS Program Manager of Ingham County.

CAATA seeks to collaborate and form a network of organizations that will identify victims of human trafficking; provide trauma informed services to victims of human trafficking,; and provide community education and prevention activities in the greater Lansing area.

Free with Reservation
This event is free, but registration is required. |  RESERVE SEATS HERE

Evening with WKAR and CAATA
takes place in the Communication Arts & Sciences Building, WKAR Multimedia Room 145, 404 Wilson Road on the campus of Michigan State University. Parking is free after 6 p.m. in the adjacent Trowbridge Road parking ramp

1149 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing, MI 48824


More About “Break the Chain”
Break the Chain
chronicles two survivors of human trafficking - providing a detailed look at how trafficking goes unnoticed within our backyards. Kwami, a child survivor of labor trafficking, was enslaved for nearly five years with three other children in Ypsilanti, Michigan before anyone noticed.  Debbie, a survivor of sex trafficking, takes us through her experience of being sold for sex around the Detroit-area between the ages of 13 and 18.

Accompanying the stories of these survivors are nearly 20 interviews with researchers, senators, non-profit organizations, legal service agencies, law enforcement officers and several artists actively working to raise awareness for this global issue. The film teaches us that what we see in the media about human trafficking is one small sensationalized form - that it occurs anywhere and everywhere within our world.  More importantly, viewers will learn how we are all connected to this extremely profitable business and that we have the power to choose what we support, and ultimately, how we break the chain.

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