ALL TICKETS FOR THE CROWNE PLAZA, ST. PAUL EVENTS MUST NOW BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR BASED ON AVAILABILITY. THESE EVENTS STILL HAVE OPEN SEATS.
FRIDAY ABOLITIONIST SEMINAR 1:00-4:30 pm $35
FRIDAY VIP LAUNCH PARTY ON THE 22ND FLOOR OF THE HOTEL (INCLUDES APPETIZERS) 7:00 -10:00 pm $35
SATURDAY SURVIVOR AND LAW ENFORCEMENT/POLICY PANEL $35 (NO BOXED LUNCH NON PRE-REGISTERED TICKETS) 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Demand Change Project 2011 is the first ever and first annual event of its kind. Produced by Breaking Free, a leading anti-human trafficking advocacy organization for sex-trafficked women and girls and by MATTOO, a pioneering men’s anti-human trafficking organization, this unprecedented 2-day International event will take place May 13-14, 2011 in St. Paul, MN with simultaneous awareness events in Mijas, Spain for the purpose of ending the demand for the buying and selling of human beings for any purpose. Never before, has a Men’s and Women’s anti-human trafficking organization collaborated in this capacity.
The U.S. event will consist of several events over 2 days beginning with an Abolitionist Seminar, Friday May 13th, with many prominent speakers including the release of a groundbreaking multi-country research project by Dr. Melissa Farley on men who buy sex titled How John's Explain Prostitution, "It's like renting an organ for 10 minutes". Friday night at the VIP Launch Party, on the rotating top of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul, leading abolitionists from around the globe will come together to share resources, celebrate the work being done, honor survivors, and prepare for the weekend’s festivities. The event will include an art exhibit of work created by survivors, live music by Lamont Hiebert of Love 146, an awards ceremony, and highlights from leading abolitionist organizations around the world including AuthorJulian Sher, Annie Hilton of Freeset and the Not For Sale Campaign. This event will inspire the next wave of abolitionists and connect them with the leaders in the field who have been in the trenches for years.
The following day, Saturday May 14th, is an action packed multi-event day/evening to include a satellite conference call and with the MATTOO’s events team in Spain, a panel discussion from survivors and advocates, a panel discussion with police, FBI, lawmakers and legislators to answer the tough questions about what is being done to address the demand side of this issue The panels will be followed by the historic MATTOO’s Men's Rally/Walk against human trafficking at the state Capitol featuring prominent speakers and testimony from a trafficking survivor.
The walk will culminate by joining the simultaneous Women’s “For Her” Marketplace Block Party happening on Exchange St. near the Capitol. Survivors of human trafficking and other women will be waiting to support and cheer on the men while enjoying a Fair Trade Marketplace with music and other activities.
When the men arrive, the women will be there to help celebrate and acknowledge that these men are publicly pledging to be a part of the coming “demand change” that refuses to purchase sex in any form and in so doing, they also commit to uniting with women in the fight against all types of modern day slavery.
The evening will end with the Breaking Free Victory Benefit Concert at the Fitzgerald Theater (also on Exchange St.) with five time Award-winning Christian Recording Artist and anti-slavery activist Nicole C. Mullen and opening act R&B sensation Tiffany Carter.
We welcome your participation in this historic event and encourage you to be involved by joining us as a guest at any or all of the events or by being a sponsor, exhibitor, and/or speaker.
For further information, please contact:
Heather Caillier from Breaking Free at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Andrew Hanson from MATTOO at email@example.com .
When & Where
Breaking Free & MATTOO
Based in St. Paul, MN Breaking Free was established in 1996, by Founder and Executive Director, Vednita Carter. Breaking Free provides housing, advocacy, education and hope to sex-trafficked/prostituted women and girls.
MATTOO exists to educate and involve men, raise public awareness, and employ the power of innovative business to advance sustainable and transformational human trafficking public policy and cultural changes.