Among the best outcomes of this project so far have been the connections that we have been able to make with, and at times among, persons who are working to advocate for and/or represent the children who have been smuggled and trafficked here from China.

Last summer, attorney Julie To contacted us to ask about screening the film for a call-for-volunteers event with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Kids in Need of Defense. While we had not yet completed filming, we were able to send along a set of clips for the event. We kept in touch, and in January, we interviewed Julie and other persons working on these issues in Los Angeles.

Julie is one of many lawyers in the United States that are representing immigrant minors through KIND on a pro bono basis. Like many others, she juggles a committed full-time work schedule with the demands of working a complex immigration case. It's not an easy task, but through efforts like this throughout the country, differences are being made in the lives of children who have come unaccompanied to the United States.

For the children trafficked from China, legal permission to remain in the United States presents an opportunity for them to step out of the shadows of the restaurant circuit, get an education, and ultimately, contribute to the society that has given them a fighting chance.

In the following video, Julie discusses some of the personal challenges involved in working these cases, and her own hopes for her client's future in the United States.

 
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This past Saturday, we gave a presentation at the Church Center for the United Nations for a United Methodist Women seminar on human trafficking. United Methodist Women is a faith based group of approximately 800,000 members, whose mission is "fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice" (UMW website).

On a regular basis, members attend United Methodist Seminars on National and International Affairs in both New York City and Washington, D.C. The seminars explore topics selected by the participants from among a range of social justice issues, such as poverty, immigration, and the environment. The participants for this past weekend's seminar came from churches in New York and Connecticut, and had expressed interest in learning more about human trafficking.

As part of our presentation, we showed the trailer and selected interview excerpts, and provided an overview of the snakehead trade. The presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session that revolved around both questions of how this system of trafficking works, and how individuals could make a difference in the lives of these young persons.

It was a great privilege to talk with this group of persons truly committed to taking action, and effecting positive change in the world. We're extremely thankful for their time it speaking with us, and for Seminar Designer Jay Godfrey's work in bringing us in to participate.