Online Program

IN PLAIN SIGHT: Stories of Hope and Freedom

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Jenny Williamson, Courage WorldWide
Pamela Luna, DrPH, MST, Professional Development/Curriculum and Instruction/Community Organizing/Program Management, Consultant-RAND Corp & ICF International, Riverside, CA
IN PLAIN SIGHT seeks to raise awareness of the thousands of women and children who are forced, coerced, or deceived into the commercial sex trade each year in the United States. Through the mediums of a documentary film, study guide, and accompanying benefit music album, we open the eyes of the average American to what’s happening “in plain sight” – the exploitation of thousands of people in their own communities without them even being aware.

Most Americans are completely oblivious to the fact that thousands of women and children are enslaved within their own communities. This isn’t limited to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York. We’re talking about cities across America – from Sacramento to Little Rock to Baltimore – where the unthinkable is happening “in plain sight.”

What’s Unique About This Documentary?

  • The film has been produced for the widest possible audience – accessible to people of all faiths or no faith at all.
  • The film is not sexualized for shock value.
  • While we educate the viewer, our focus is on HOPE and the powerful steps that six ordinary women have taken to bring HEALING to the lives of survivors.


Executive produced and narrated by Natalie Grant and released into stores nationwide by Word Films on 12.23.2014, the 68-minute documentary features six modern-day abolitionists as they fight sex trafficking across America.

Journeying to six US cities, we open the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street “in plain sight”. Through engaging interviews with numerous victims of sex trafficking, the force, coercion, and deception of the children and women becomes apparent. In the midst of the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of a sex trafficking aftercare home.

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Learning Areas:

Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Define human trafficking based on the federal definition. Describe why and how sex trafficking in the United States often occurs. Identify possible signs that a victim is being sex trafficked. Discuss long-term restorative needs that a victim has after being rescued.

Keyword(s): Social and behavioral sciences

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr Luna is an recognized advocate for children and youth serving and advising on boards and panels . Recently speaking on human trafficking at the Faculty of Public Health conference in UK
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.