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
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
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...
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...
"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,"...
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...
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...
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, ...
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 …
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…
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…
“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…
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...
#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...
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.
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…
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…
“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...
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.
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.
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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…
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. ...
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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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...
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...
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...
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...
“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...