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In partnership with Stop the Traffik USA and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, the Freedom Café oversees the management and placement of the New England GIFT Box. 

The GIFT box is a walk-in piece of public art, symbolizing the way in which human traffickers entice their victims with false promises. The outside of the box offers the “gift” of opportunity and  a better life. Bright and beguiling, people can’t help but be intrigued. Inside guests are presented with a three dimensional, thought-provoking and interactive experience that introduces the stories of three local survivors of human trafficking.

Initially launched at the 2012 Olympics in London by STOP THE TRAFFIK and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT), the GIFT Box seeks to raise large-scale awareness, introduce people to the issue of human trafficking and inspire communities to take action toward a traffic-free world.

The Goals of the GIFT Box are:
1. To make people AWARE of human trafficking
2. To EDUCATE people and GATHER INFORMATION about human trafficking
3. To EMPOWER people to TAKE ACTION

Learn more about the GIFT Box campaign around the globe at www.stopthetraffik.org/campaign/giftbox


NE GIFT Box Campaign History

Soulfest

August 4, 2016 - August 6, 2016
680 Guests Attended
18 Volunteer Advocates Trained

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An ESL teacher from Philadelphia visited the GIFT Box and shared that she has experienced a number of situations that may be connected to human trafficking and did not known what it was or what to do. Because of the GIFT Box she is connecting with a local organization in the city to host a training on human trafficking for the teachers in the school. This training could prevent children who are otherwise vulnerable from being trafficked.
— Sharissa, GIFT Box volunteer

Cape Cod

May 27, 2016 - May 30, 2016
~ 500 Guests Attended
29 Volunteer Advocates Trained

Portsmouth, NH

November 20, 2015 - November 22, 2015
336 Guests Visited
43 Volunteer Advocates Trained

Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA

May 4th, 2015 - May 14th. 2015
2419 Guests Visited
50 Volunteer Advocates Trained

“Human trafficking is a worldwide crisis, that is happening here in our backyard. This practice is illegal and exploitative, and it often goes undetected. The GIFT Box is a unique way to raise awareness about sex trafficking, and how we can work together to end this demeaning crime.”
— Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Opening Press Conference

Boston College

April 24, 2015 - April 29, 2015
712 Guests Visited
40 Volunteer Advocates Trained

“It’s important to know that human trafficking is not a ‘far away issue,’ but something that happens here in the United States and even Boston as well,”. She hopes that people left the event “feeling empowered to take action to join the fight against human trafficking.”
— Alyssa Giammarella, R.E.A.C.T. President, quotation from BC event press conference

University of New Hampshire

April 19, 2015 – April 23, 2015
1930 Guests Visited
55 Volunteer Advocates Trained


University of Massachusetts - Lowell

April 13, 2015 – April 17, 2015
652 Guests Visited
55 Volunteer Advocates Trained

GIFT Box at the "Take Back the Night" rally

GIFT Box at the "Take Back the Night" rally

“No little girl grows up wanting to be involved in a life of sexual exploitation. They do not dream about a career selling their bodies as commodities,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy Said. “The victims of these egregious crimes have not chosen this path for themselves. Traffickers prey on vulnerable people who often have no other options.”
— Attorney General Maura Healy at the Lowell event opening press conference

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