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Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, a graduate of The Voices and Faces Project's "The Stories We Tell" testimonial writing workshop | Photo: Karen Lawlor, Firefly Productions
Your story is your power. Are you using it?

When The Voices and Faces Project launched "The Stories We Tell," North America's first two-day testimonial writing program, we did so with a simple belief: that the stories of those who have lived through or witnessed violence can challenge and change the world.

During a moment in our national life when politicians and pundits too often fail to confront the root causes of gender-based violence, injustice, and inequality, our "Stories We Tell" writers are using their testimonies to change minds and hearts. There is nothing beautiful about injustice, but there is something deeply beautiful about the women and girls who are speaking out about it. Their testimonies make us pause, feel, and think. Our hope is that the writing being created during "The Stories We Tell" will also compel readers to act.

Rachel Monaco-Wilcox is a graduate of "The Stories We Tell" and the coordinator of our Voices and Faces Project Wisconsin workshop series. Read Rachel's essay about how the program changed her work, and her life.
read essay
Our 2017 North American “Stories We Tell” Schedule (subject to change and addition)

Chicago, IL

January 14 - 15
In partnership with University of Chicago

Toronto, Canada

March 30
In partnership with Canadian Center to End Human Trafficking & Thomson Reuters

New York, NY

May 20 - 21
In partnership with Ackerman Institute for the Family & Aperture Foundation

Milwaukee, WI

October, (date TBD)
In partnership with Lotus Legal Clinic

Chicago, IL

November, (date TBD)
In partnership with Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
To apply for “The Stories We Tell” workshop or to bring our testimonial writing program to your region, email
Writing Workshop | Stories on Stage
Words = Change: Join us for an April 26th Stories On Stage performance of work from “The Stories We Tell.”
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Marline Johnson, "The Stories We Tell" graduate and youth workshop coordinator and R. Clifton Spargo, program co-creator
Words = Change — a collaboration between Stories on Stage and The Voices and Faces Project — will bring memoir, poetry, and spoken word pieces crafted by teen and young adult graduates of The Voices and Faces Project's "Stories We Tell" writing program to the attention of a new audience. Featuring writing from our "Stories We Tell" workshops at Girls, Inc, Chicago's Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, Young Women's Leadership Charter School, University of Chicago, Barnard College and Northwestern University, Words = Change is being produced by Kathe Telingator, founder of Stories on Stage, directed by Stories on Stage ensemble member Michael E. Myers, and made possible through a grant from Emerson Collective.

Words = Change: A literary theatrical performance
Wednesday, April 26th
7:00 pm
5451 North Broadway, Chicago, IL
reservations are required;
The Voices and Faces Project Speakers Bureau | Public Discussion
The truth about trafficking: Anne K. Ream and Caleb Probst speak at the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy.
Katie Feifer is  a 'Marketing the Movement' workshop leader.
Nancy Stevenson, Melva Luker, Governor Adlai Stevenson II, and Anne K. Ream
On January 22nd The Voices and Faces Project founder Anne K. Ream — who also serves on the advisory council of World Without Exploitation — joined Caleb Probst of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, Adlai E. Stevenson II, the former Governor of Illinois, and Nancy Stevenson, chair of the center's board, to engage in a spirited public discussion about ending trafficking in the US. Special thanks to the Stevenson Center, which was created to address challenges to democratic systems of government. Now, more than ever, their work is critical.
The Voices and Faces Project | Art Works for Change
True Stories are truly powerful: Our ongoing partnership with Art Works for Change
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Randy Jayne Rosenberg of Art Works for Change, in Oakland, California | Photo: Brian Flaherty for The New York Times
The Voices and Faces Project — through our ongoing partnership with Art Works for Change — recently brought our testimonial writing program, to Oakland, CA, as part of the global "The True Stories Project." Our goal? To challenge Oakland area girls to use spoken word, poetry, and protest art to speak out about human trafficking and sexual exploitation. This month, Art Works for Change and "The True Stories Project" were featured in The New York Times, in a thoughtful piece on the power and purpose of social justice focused art. Kudos to Art Works for Change founder Randy Rosenberg for being the heart and soul of her organization, and The Voices and Faces Project's Anne K. Ream, a founding board member at Art Works for Change.
Read The New York Times article.
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Scholarship Fund
Find out more about giving the gift of change by donating to our workshop scholarship fund. Every $500 raised provides a full two-day scholarship for a survivor waiting to take part in our program.
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