For seven days, Photoville 2015 took over Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park and welcomed 76,000 people to view the work of over 400 artists from all over the world. Housed inside one of the largest containers at the event, the New York’s New Abolitionists exhibit made a lasting impact among visitors.
Volunteers from sponsoring organizations, Sanctuary for Families, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition, joined photographer Lynn Savarese in welcoming over 2,500 guests, and providing them with information about the exhibit as well as the realities of human trafficking, both internationally and in New York State. Groups also gathered to hear Lynn Savarese discuss her photographs — the stories about the featured survivor leaders, including Kenya and Tee Emmanuel who stopped by, made a particular impression. New Abolitionists including Reshma Shetty, Shandra Woworuntu, Dorchen Leidholdt, Lori Cohen, Amanda Kramer and John Doman, among others, also made an appearance at the exhibit.
What’s next for New York’s New Abolitionists? The exhibit is heading to the National Judiciary Conference on Human Trafficking in New York City this October and Harvard Law School in November.