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AUG
Members of the San Diego

Private sector, public good: Our "Ugly Truth" campaign is creating change, one city at a time.


Developed to challenge media-perpetuated myths about trafficking and sexual exploitation, "The Ugly Truth" is an award-winning public awareness campaign created through an ongoing partnership between The Voices and Faces Project and Kinetic Worldwide, one of the world's largest media agencies...

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JUL
Our 'Marketing a Movement' co-presenters, Katie Feifer (left) and Anne K. Ream.
Photo: Javier Otero 2016

Using communications and storytelling to create a better world: The Voices and Faces Project's "Marketing a Movement" program.


"In a communications crisis, the true prophets are the translators," cultural critic Ellen Willis once said. Her words have special meaning for our team at The Voices and Faces Project...

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6
JUL
Our “Stories We Tell” writing workshop at Aperture Gallery

Storytelling with words and images: Our writing workshop at Aperture Gallery in NYC.


Last month, Aperture Foundation, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and The Voices and Faces Project came together to present an intersectional approach to art-making and storytelling as vehicles to address gender-based violence...

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3
MAY
Michele Lugalia (left), a graduate of “The Stories We Tell.”  Photo:  Patricia Evans

Art, storytelling, and social change: The Voices and Faces Project’s writing workshop in New York City.


This May, Aperture Foundation, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and The Voices and Faces Project are coming together to present an intersectional approach to art-making and storytelling as vehicles to address gender-based violence...

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APR
Your story is your power. Are you using it?

Powerful, purposeful, and theatrical: Join The Voices and Faces Project and Stories On Stage at Words = Change.


Words = Change — a collaboration between Stories on Stage and The Voices and Faces Project — will feature memoir, poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction that highlights the impact of inequality, injustice, and gender-based violence on young girls and women...

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APR
Your story is your power. Are you using it?

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...

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FEB
Is the America we have the America we want?

Is the America we have the America we want?


In November 2016, when The Voices and Faces Project offered our two-day "Stories We Tell" testimonial writing workshop at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, our participants engaged in a spirited discussion about gender-based violence and its connections to other forms of oppression ...

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9
DEC
We can change this.

How do we create change?


That's a question our team at The Voices and Faces Project asks every day. In a world where one in three women will be the victim of some form of gender-based violence – and far too many people blame, shame or harm those who come forward with their stories – we know that the status quo isn't just unsustainable. It's unjust ...

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17
NOV
The world we want.

We're coming together to create a World Without Exploitation. Join our movement.


Eighteen months ago, The Voices and Faces Project embarked on a unique journey, engaging in a series of conversations with our allies at Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Sanctuary for Families, and National Organization for Women/Women's Justice NOW to set the stage for the launch of World Without Exploitation, the national movement to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation ...

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3
NOV
Our LEAP co-editors, Jala and Kadasha | Photo: Javier Otero for The Voices and Faces Project

Discover LEAP, our magazine for girls who are loud, empowered, accepted and proud.


"Behind the story I tell is the one that I don't. Behind the story you hear is the one I wish I could make you hear," wrote Dorothy Allison. Those words speak to the spirit of LEAP, The Voices and Faces Project's newest literary journal...

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SEP
Janet Goldblatt Holmes, a participant in

Healing the world, one story at a time: Our Jewish Women's Foundation-supported writing workshop series.


The Hebrew phrase "Tikkun Olam" ("repair the world") has come to connote social action and the pursuit of justice. And creating a more activist and just world is what The Voices and Faces Project's two-day testimonial writing program for survivors of gender-based violence is all about. Thanks to the generous support of the Ellie Fund at the Jewish Women's Foundation of...

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SEP
True prophets & translators.

"In a communications crisis, the true prophets are the translators." – Ellen Willis


The words of cultural critic Ellen Willis have a special meaning for our team at The Voices and Faces Project. That's because "translating" what we know about human trafficking and sexual exploitation into a series of messages that move the general public is what our newest educational workshop, "Marketing a Movement,"...

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JULY
Share your story, change the world.

Share your story, change the world. Participate in The Voices and Faces Project's "The Stories We Tell" testimonial writing workshop.


The Voices and Faces Project launched "The Stories We Tell," North America's first two-day testimonial writing program for survivors of gender-based violence, in 2011. Since its inception, "The Stories We Tell" has been offered over a dozen times in cities across North America, and over 225 writers have come through our program...

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17
MAY
Join The Voices and Faces Project at the Clinton Presidential Center as we debut an all-new lecture: New Rules for Radicals.

Watch the video: The Voices and Faces Project debuts “New Rules for Radicals” at the Clinton Presidential Center.


In March, The Voices and Faces Project was invited to the Clinton Presidential Center to speak about our work and our storytelling vision. The address organizational founder Anne K. Ream delivered — "New Rules for Radicals: How Storytellers, Opinion Shapers and Subversives Are Changing the Movement to...

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2
MAR
Join The Voices and Faces Project at the Clinton Presidential Center as we debut an all-new lecture: New Rules for Radicals.

Join The Voices and Faces Project at the Clinton Presidential Center as we debut an all-new lecture: New Rules for Radicals.


In "New Rules for Radicals," an interactive lecture/photography program debuting at the Clinton Presidential Center, Voices and Faces Project founder Anne K. Ream will consider the enduring legacy Saul Alinsky's groundbreaking book, Rules for Radicals, while positing that a set of "new rules" are guiding the storytellers, ...

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22
DEC
You did this (help us do it again in 2016).

In 2015, The Voices and Faces Project created more change than ever before.


Every story has power and purpose. So the artists, activists and gender-based violence survivors at The Voices and Faces Project, are using testimony to change the way that the world responds to violence and abuse. We're not speaking out because it's healing. We're speaking out because silence is the enemy of change …

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19
NOV
The Stories We Tell: 
A two day writing workshop for court-involved girls

No story left untold, no girl left behind: Our newest Voices and Faces Project writing program.


We believe in girls: Their inherent power. Their unique purpose. Their ability to change the world. With that belief as our guide, The Voices and Faces Project is partnering with The Cook County Juvenile Detention Center and Rape Victim Advocates to bring "The Stories We Tell," our two day testimonial writing workshop for survivors of gender-based violence, to court-involved girls between the ages of 15-17…

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Oct
Testimony & Tikkun Olam

TESTIMONY & TIKKUN OLAM: How the stories of survivors are changing the movement to end gender-based violence.


Tikkun Olam, which literally translated means "heal the world," has come to connote social action and the pursuit of social justice. On November 1st, Anne K. Ream, the founder of The Voices and Faces Project and author of Lived Through This, a memoir of a multi country journey spent listening to survivors of gender-based violence, will consider the ways that testimony can break through…

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Sept
Fall Workshop

“We tell ourselves stories so we know how to live,” Joan Didion famously wrote.


“We tell ourselves stories so we know how to live,” Joan Didion famously wrote. With a similar belief in the power of our testimonies, The Voices and Faces Project launched "The Stories We Tell," North America's first two-day testimonial writing program for survivors of gender-based violence. Since its inception in 2011, "The Stories We Tell" has been offered over a dozen times in cities across North America, and over 175 writers have come through our program. In 2013, we debuted a short-form version of "The Stories We Tell," focused on the ethics and challenges of sharing testimony in conflict zones, in South Africa. Last month, we brought "The Stories We Tell" to the Illinois Holocaust Museum…

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8
July
My America

When it comes to violence against women and girls, is America keeping its promise to the world - and to itself?


"I grew up in the sort of Midwestern small town regularly referred to as 'The Real America,' a description that seems to all but guarantee that the region being so labeled will in no way represent most of the nation." So begins Anne K. Ream's "My America," a piece excerpted by Thomson Reuters and featured in the newly-released paperback edition of Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors...

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June
Janette Goldblatt-Holms

#TheStoriesWeTell, partnering with the Jewish Women's Foundation on our writing workshop


The Hebrew phrase Tikkun Olam (world repair) has come to connote social action and the pursuit of justice. And creating a more activist and just world is what The Voices and Faces Project's two-day testimonial writing program for survivors of gender-based violence is all about...

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May
Alice and Olivia Invite

Gorgeous and Good (your RSVP is requested).


Right-this-moment designer Stacey Bendet, the creator of the award-winning Alice and Olivia fashion line, is so inspired by The Voices and Faces Project's work on behalf of women that her store is hosting a shopping night for us – and we want you to be there.

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APR
The Ugly Truth Campaign

What can AMC’s Mad Men tell us about gender justice and the need for workplace equality?


Media representations have the power to change the way we see the world — and ourselves.
Which is why "Mad Men," the AMC show that explores how the image-making class shapes cultural attitudes, is so important. Writing for The New Republic this week…

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APR
The Ugly Truth Campaign

It’s not marketing, it’s a movement: Our anti-trafficking campaign reaches the European Union, and beyond.


At The Voices and Faces Project, we believe that communications and storytelling are critical tools in the fight to end social injustice.
So our in-house creative team is always thinking about new ways to use advertising and design to engage the public in the fight to end sexual violence and exploitation…

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24
FEB
Clinton Center Video

“The Voices and Faces Project’s writing workshop helped me transform the pain of sexual violence into a fuel that can change the world.”


Every sexual violence survivor story has power and purpose. With that belief as our guide, The Voices and Faces Project launched "The Stories We Tell," North America's first two-day testimonial writing program for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence and trafficking. Since piloting the program at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2011, our workshop has been offered over a dozen times in cities across North America...

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Jan
Clinton Center Video

Behind every gender-related violence statistic, there is deeply human story. We brought twelve of them to the Clinton Presidential Center.


At The Voices and Faces Project we believe that a story can change everything. Opening hearts. Altering minds. Challenging us to do more to alleviate the suffering caused by gender-related violence in the US, and beyond our borders.

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15
NOV
2nd Printing Book Party

Celebrating a second printing. Engaging in an impassioned discussion: The Lived Through This book party.


At The Voices and Faces Project, we love a good conversation and a meaningful celebration. So on November 15th, 2014, Steve Edwards, Executive Director of The University of Chicago Institute of Politics, joined Lived Through This author Anne K. Ream and photographer Patricia Evans to discuss the multi-year, multi-country journey that led to Lived Through This, their critically praised book of narrative and photographic profiles of survivors of gender-related violence. Post-discussion, guests headed to Nest at 900 N. Michigan Ave., where they enjoyed a dessert buffet, custom-curated drinks, and a late night performance by alt country band Lonesome Still.

View Photo Gallery from the Event


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Oct
2nd Printing Book Party

At The Voices and Faces Project we love a good conversation and a great celebration.


We invite you to listen in as Steve Edwards, director of the Institute of Politics at University of Chicago and former host of WBEZ’s 848, talks to Anne K Ream and Patricia Evans about the multi-year, multi-country journey that became Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors, a critically praised collection of narrative and photographic portraits which is going to its second printing this November. Post-dialogue, we'll celebrate the book's success with Anne, Patricia and the extraordinary community of artists, activists and Voices and Faces Project partners who made Lived Through This possible. RSVP required…

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July
Border Crisis

Is the child migrant crisis a rape and trafficking crisis?


The situation at the US/Mexico border – where more than 1,000 refugee children are arriving every week – has been called many things. A humanitarian crisis. The direct result of the illegal drug trade. A symptom of our broken immigration system. In this week's edition of The New Republic, Anne K. Ream, founder of The Voices and Faces Project and Mónica Ramírez, an expert on sexual violence committed against farmworker and immigrant women, argue that there is another cause of this crisis: gender-related violence and trafficking in Latin America. ...

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10
July

We are facing a humanitarian crisis at the U.S./Mexico border. We join with more than 155 allies calling on our President to protect children fleeing sexual and other violence in their home countries.


Currently it is estimated that more than 1,000 children every week are arriving at our border with Mexico, fleeing intolerable conditions primarily Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Many are running from sexual violence, trafficking and exploitation. A study done by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees found that 70% of 404 children interviewed cited domestic abuse or some other form of violence as a primary reason for fleeing their country. Our president, along with many others in government and in the public, are pushing to return these children, without due process, without providing them the advocates and medical attention they are due by law. Worse, many children who seek protection from us are abused and sexually assaulted while under our protection, by Border agents, immigration staff and other detainees.

We, along with several other organizations, have written a letter urging the President and other government officials to take humane action, remembering that we are dealing with children, who are survivors of abuse, before they are immigrants. We proposed 12 specific recommendations for caring for the children who are in our custody. Over 155 allies have added their names to ours in support of our message. And we encourage you to let your voice be heard on this issue as well. Share, tweet, write to your elected officials: do what you can to speak out for children in our country who need our protection.

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June
Printers Row Lit Fest

Sexual violence + storytelling: Christa Desir, Jamie Kalven, Clifton Spargo & Anne K. Ream at the Printers Row Lit Festival.


On Saturday, June 7th, please join us for a panel discussion at the Printers Row Literary Festival, where human rights reporter Jamie Kalven will moderate "A Story Changes Everything," a conversation about how literary and creative projects are impacting the fight to end gender-related violence. Featured panelists include Christa Desir, author of "FautLine", a groundbreaking Young Adult novel about...

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May
Slavery Uncovered

Trafficking isn't just a global problem. It’s a local one. Let’s come together to change that.


On any given day, over 16,000 women and girls are prostituted or trafficked in the greater Chicago area. The vast majority of these women entered the sex trade after fleeing abusive homes, often while still in their teens...

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May
The Stories We Tell

The Stories We Tell can change the world: Join us for our June writing workshop in NYC.


Every sexual violence survivor story has power and purpose. With that belief as our guide, The Voices and Faces Project created "The Stories We Tell," a two-day testimonial writing program for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence and trafficking...

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Apr
Lived Through This

How far would you go to tell a story?


Nine years ago, writer and Voices and Faces Project founder Anne K. Ream and documentary photographer Patricia Evans embarked on a unique journey...

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10
Mar
Workshops 2014

“The Voices and Faces Project's writing workshop reconnected me to myself through writing, in a process with others which I never experienced before. Through the sharing, I became more whole than I thought possible.”


Every sexual violence survivor story has power and purpose. With that belief as our guide, The Voices and Faces Project launched "The Stories We Tell," North America's first two-day testimonial writing program for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence and trafficking. Since piloting the program at...

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Newsletter Archives

  • 2017

    February 2017: Is the America we have the America we want?

    April 2017: What's your story?

    April 2017: Words = Change: Join us for an April 26th Stories On Stage Performance.
  • 2016

    March 2016: Join The Voices and Faces Project at the Clinton Presidential Center as we debut an all-new lecture: New Rules for Radicals.

    May 2016: Watch the video: The Voices and Faces Project debuts "New Rules for Radicals" at the Clinton Presidential Center.

    July 2016: Share your story, change the world. Participate in The Voices and Faces Project's "The Stories We Tell" testimonial writing workshop.

    September 2016: "In a communications crisis, the true prophets are the translators." – Ellen Willis

    September 2016: Healing the world, one story at a time: Our Jewish Women's Foundation-supported writing workshop series.

    November 2016: Are you ready to LEAP?

    November 2016: We're coming together to create a World Without Exploitation.

    December 2016: How do we create change?
  • 2015

    January 2015: At the Clinton Center: The stories behind the statistics.

    February 2015: Words = Change: Our 2015 writing workshop schedule.

    April 2015: Our award-winning anti-trafficking campaign, Alice + Olivia & you, and more.

    April 2015: What can AMC's Mad Men tell us about gender justice and the need for workplace equality?

    May 2015: Gorgeous and Good (your RSVP is requested).

    June 2015: #TheStoriesWeTell, partnering with the Jewish Women's Foundation on our writing workshop.

    July 2015: When it comes to violence against women and girls, is America keeping its promise to the world - and to itself?

    September 2015: "We tell ourselves stories so we know how to live," Joan Didion famously wrote.

    October 2015: TESTIMONY & TIKKUN OLAM: How the stories of survivors are changing the movement to end gender-based violence.

    November 2015: No story left untold, no girl left behind: Our newest Voices and Faces Project writing program.

    December 2015: In 2015, The Voices and Faces Project created more change than ever before.
  • 2014

    March 2014: The Writing Workshops

    April 20140: How far would you go to tell a story?

    May 2014: June writing workshop in NYC

    May 2014: Trafficking isn’t just a global problem. It’s a local one. Let’s come together to change that.

    June 2014: Sexual violence + storytelling: Christa Desir, Jamie Kalven, Clifton Spargo & Anne K. Ream at the Printers Row Lit Festival.

    July 2014: Why They Flee: Ream and Ramírez for The New Republic

    October 2014: At The Voices and Faces Project we love a good conversation and a great celebration.

    December 2014: Give a gift, get a book.
  • 2013

    January 2013: Give the gift of support, get the gift of music from Neko Case

    February 2013: Lived Through This: a journey, a memoir & a mission

    March 2013: The Violence Against Women Act Passes

    April 2013: Sex trafficking, prostitution and The Ugly Truth (our newest EDI campaign)

    April 2013: Rap isn’t always the problem. Sometimes it’s the solution

    May 2013: How did we get to The Ugly Truth?

    May 2013: Beautiful Fools (& a beautiful way to support our writing workshop)

    June 2013: Who says a man can't make a difference in the movement to end violence against women?

    August 2013: Advertising: friend or a foe in the fight to end violence against women?

    October 2013: The story behind the story: Our testimonial writing workshop and its first book, Fault Line.

  • 2012

    March 2012: The Story Behind the Story: Our Testimonial Writing Workshop and its First Book

    April 2012: Rocking to End Rape—New Angel Band Project Video

    May 2012: Bearing Witness to Rape in the Congo

    July 2012: Contemplating "The Price of Sex," a new workshop at Northwestern University

    August 2012: Personal Stories, Public Policies—Six Survivors Speak Out

    September 2012: Changing the World, One Wednesday at a Time.

    October 2012: The Stories We Tell- Writing Workshop Chicago

    October 2012: A note from Christa Desir, Charlotte Pierce-Baker and Anne K. Ream

    November 2012: Meet Mia Goldman

    November 2012: A Perfect Holiday
  • 2011

    January 2011: Off the Beaten Path—Art Exhibition

    February 2011: Stories on Stage

    February 2011: The Stories We Tell

    March 2011: Benefit Dinner at Gilt Bar

    April 2011: Bandana Project

    June 2011: Visionary Voice Award

    August 2011: Writing to Create Change: "The Stories We Tell" Chicago Debut

    August 2011: Vocal Impact

    September 2011: Can a song save the world?

    November 2011: A Perfect Holiday

    November 2011: Stand Up for Women

    December 2011: New Video: Meet the Survivors at the Heart of Our Work
  • 2010

    September 2010: The women of Atenco, Mexico

    October 2010: Documenting stories in Canada

    November 2010: Designing the Perfect Holiday

    December 2010: The Angel Band Project

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