Santiago Pérez Navarro, a survivor of sexual exploitation, speaks out.
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Santiago Pérez Navarro
Santiago Pérez Navarro, photographed by Lynn Savarese.
“There’s too much human trafficking, too much abuse. You should have rights, even if you don’t have papers.” – Santiago Pérez Navarro

During a moment in America’s national life when discussions about undocumented workers too often focus on building walls, rather than understanding the economic and social conditions from which people are fleeing, the stories of those who have been exploited matter more than ever.

World Without Exploitation partner Santiago Pérez Navarro has one such story. In telling the story of his journey from Mexico to the United States, he is speaking out about how poverty made him vulnerable to violence and exploitation on both sides of the border. Santiago’s words remind us that real solutions are more complicated than sound bites. Without economic and social justice on both sides of the border, no wall will be barrier enough to keep people from entering the United States.

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Writer Katie Cappiello, photographed by Lynn Savarese
Writer Katie Cappiello, photographed by Lynn Savarese.
After Eighteen: A Commission on the Status of Women/World Without Exploitation performance.

After Eighteen, the newest play by writer Katie Cappiello, gives us a glimpse into the lives of five very different women impacted by the sex trade and engaged in the fight for justice. World Without Exploitation’s March 17th reading of the play, featuring Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange is the New Black) and Julia Goldani Telles (The Affair), brought a global community of activists, artists, policy-makers, and opinion shapers to Brooklyn. The performance raised funds for our work and awareness of the very real costs of exploitation to young women. Watch this space for future performances! And thank you, Rachel Foster, for being the heart and soul behind this benefit performance.

Noel Gomez, a “Stories We Tell” graduate.
Noel Gomez, a “Stories We Tell” graduate, photographed by
Lynn Savarese.
Do you have a story to tell? Apply for “The Stories We Tell,” a testimonial writing program for survivors of gender-based violence.

During “The Stories We Tell,” a two-day testimonial writing workshop run by World Without Exploitation partner The Voices and Faces Project, participants read and discuss world-changing testimonial writing across social justice movements, while taking part in a series of innovative writing exercises. This is a workshop that is as purposeful as it is powerful — a way for those who have lived through or witnessed violence to use their voices to help create a just and fair world. “As a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation, taking part in ‘The Stories We Tell’ helped me put memories I had pushed away into words that can create change,” says Noel Gomez, a graduate of the writing program. Upcoming workshops will be hosted in New York City, Milwaukee, and Chicago. World Without Exploitation partners and allies are encouraged to apply. Accepted applicants are given full program scholarships.

Val Richey
Val Richey, photographed by
Lynn Savarese.
Ending demand, Engaging the public: World Without Exploitation and the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition host a conversation with prosecutor Val Richey.

In a world that too often blames, shames, and penalizes victims of sexual exploitation, Seattle is doing something very different. The city is holding buyers and other exploiters accountable for the harms they cause, while providing strategies and social services for those seeking to exit the sex trade. King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Val Richey – a member of the World Without Exploitation steering committee – has played a key role in this effort. On March 30th Val sat down for a candid public conversation about the implications of the Seattle model for other jurisdictions. Special thanks to Proskauer Rose for hosting, and to Lauren Hersh and Dorchen Leidholdt for helping to make this event possible.

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World Without Exploitation was born of a series of conversations among exploitation and trafficking survivors, human rights and gender justice advocates, artists, activists, and direct service providers. Our national coalition is united in the belief that we won’t end exploitation until we confront its root causes. We know that an injustice that goes unseen is an injustice that goes unchallenged. And challenging a world in which human beings are being trafficked and exploited is what World Without Exploitation is all about. To find out more, visit
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