More than 20 local and regional artists will display work that illustrates various aspects of modern day slavery in the People are Not Products Exhibition.
Opening night for the exhibit is Fri., Nov. 3, 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Verizon Gallery, Richard J. Ernst Community Center, Annandale campus, NOVA. Admission is free.
The work includes painting, photography, mixed media and sculpture. Net proceeds will benefit Central Virginia Justice Initiative (CVJI). The exhibition runs until Jan. 2.
CVJI, founded in 2013 by Michele Trampe of Spotsylvania is a faith based, all volunteer, 501(c) that is fighting human trafficking in Fredericksburg and surrounding counties. It does this through heightening community awareness, educating professionals, advocating for legislative changes to protect vulnerable people and deter traffickers, promoting prevention education in the schools, and mobilizing churches and faith communities. CVJI is planning the development of crisis response services and a support group for survivors. They hope to begin operating these in 2018.
The number of human trafficking cases reported in Virginia this year via the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline (1-888-373-7888) is 83, as of June 30. This includes 56 cases of sex trafficking and 19 cases of labor trafficking with 26 of the cases involving minors.
Additional information about Central Virginia Justice Initiative can be found at www.centralvajusticeinitiative.com.