The Santa Cruz Premiere | I Am Jane Doe

Thursday May 25th | Event Starts at 6PM


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I Am Jane Doe chronicles the battle that several American mothers are waging against online sex trafficking on behalf of their middle-school daughters. Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of other mothers, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer. It is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America, including right here on the Central Coast.

The website Backpage appears to be an online classified advertising site, where you can buy things like real estate, used couches, and even pet supplies. But according to a 2017 Senate Report, the vast majority of the activity on the site, and nearly all of its profits, are derived from ads selling people. A shocking 73% of all child trafficking is estimated to originate on the Backpage website.

I Am Jane Doe has captured not only the attention of film critics, but the popular press as well (e.g. The New Yorker, Esquire, Cosmo, Vogue, NBC Nightly News, and a two-page spread in People).

“A gripping legal thriller” - Esquire
“A powerful call to action” - The Los Angeles Times
“A viscerally emotional case” - The Washington Post

Join Rising International at the Rio Theater for a night of awareness and action. This could be one of the most important films to come to Santa Cruz. Proceeds benefit Rising International, The National Human Trafficking Hotline, Stolen Youth, and several other charities that serve human trafficking victims.

After learning that human trafficking is here on the Central Coast, Rising International became a founding member of the Coalition to End Human Trafficking in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. In addition, we created the Safe and Sound Human Trafficking Prevention Program for Youth. When Rising’s anti-trafficking work caught the attention of Legal Momentum (the oldest legal advocacy group for women in the United States), Legal Momentum asked us to join them along with Cindy McCain, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and others by becoming a member of the national #KidsRNotSafe Coalition. We’re bringing this important film to Santa Cruz to show why we’re working on behalf of our Central Coast teenagers.


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