Over the past couple years, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh has incorporated Human Trafficking events into our calendar. Highlighting this important global issue comes naturally to us, in no small part due to the fact that the Project to End Human Trafficking is based here in Pittsburgh. We have screened the film Not My Life, which tells stories of human trafficking from around the world. We have also screened the film Girl Rising, which tells the stories of girls around the world who are not able to go to school, including a girl who is kept as a slave.
This week, we will again focus on human trafficking at our 17th Annual Summer Institute for Teachers with a screening of Not My Life and a discussion with Robert Bilheimer, the film’s director, and Anne Rackow from the Project to End Human Trafficking. This is especially timely in light of the U.S. State Department’s release of the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, which was published this month. Published annually since 2001, the U.S. State Department uses the information in this document to engage foreign nations on issues involving human trafficking.