A screening of a documentary film on human trafficking will be presented by the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission on Thursday.
"Not My Life" is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the EOC Sanctuary Theatre, 2336 Calaveras St. The EOC is a community action agency that partners in community efforts to improve the quality of life.
"Not My Life" is a 2011 American independent documentary about human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on five continents in a dozen countries, the movie shows how children are exploited in diverse ways — forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence and child soldiering.
A panel discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the movie screening.
Ronna Bright, coordinator of the Central Valley Against Human Trafficking program with Fresno EOC, is one of the panel members, along with a law enforcement representative and a victim service provider to be confirmed today.
Bright hopes attendees at the film showing will learn more about the different types of human trafficking in the world.
"I also hope attendees will have an understanding of how we are affected by human trafficking, even in our human choices," she says.
The Fresno EOC initiated human trafficking awareness in the central San Joaquin Valley about five years ago when it established the Central Valley Against Human Trafficking program. It also works with another organization, the Central Valley Justice Coalition, and Valley churches to present information and events.
"We all work together, and it needs to be that way," Bright says. "Everyone needs to collaborate because it's a human rights issue."
The screening is free and open to the public.
Details: (559) 263-1000.