3 Generations

3 Generations works to end injustice and fulfill humanity's potential through storytelling. As storytellers and witnesses we aim to shine a spotlight on our common humanity through a variety of cultural methods including documentary film, oral history, witness testimony and creative writing. We create change by curating the most compelling stories and most impactful change strategies to get people's attention and compel them to act.
Aug 14, 2015

With Your Help We Made It Happen!

3 Generations is thrilled to announce the release of our new Law Enforcement DVD! At the request of members of the FBI's Innocence Lost Task Force, 3 Generations has created an additional DVD especially for trainings. The Law Enforcement DVD Extras includes explicit interviews with pimps outlining their methods of recruitment and control as well as extended interviews with the law enforcement officials and johns featured in Tricked. This footage was deemed too controversial to be included in the public release of Tricked and is, therefore, strictly for educational purposes. 

3 Generations' Law Enforcement DVD is the next step in 3G's effort to engage the public on the issue of sex trafficking and create meaningful change. Over the last 10 years, public attitudes towards prostitution have shifted in a number of important ways. A developing body of research on America's sex industry has revealed the prevalence of sex trafficking here in the United States. Increased awareness regarding sex trafficking has resulted in public demands for changes in laws concerning treatment of children caught in the sex industry, services for victims of trafficking and penalties for purchasers and pimps. Gone are the days when prostitution was viewed as a victimless crime. There is, however, considerable work to be done. In order to continue to combat sex trafficking, it is critical that law enforcement officials and those on the front lines of the fight learn how to interact with individuals who have very likely suffered unimaginable abuse.

It is 3 Generations' hope that by providing law enforcement officials around the country with the stories of those involved in all sides of America's sex trade, officials may gain a greater understanding of both the perpetrators and the victims. 3 Generations would not have been able to continue its campaign to end sex trafficking without the help of its supporters. Please join us in our fight! A donation of just $20 will help fund the production and packaging of one DVD. We can get it into the hands of police departments all over the country. Donate today and help make it happen!

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Aug 14, 2015

Veteran Homelessness: New Video Now Available!

"We have made great progress over the past few years because of leaders... who refuse to accept veteran homelessness as a fact of life. And now we have to finish the job once and for all, because when a veteran comes home kissing the ground, it is unacceptable that he should ever have to sleep on it." - First Lady Michelle Obama, June 4, 2014

On June 4th last year, First Lady Michelle Obama stepped forward to announce the Obama administration's Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. With 58,000 homeless veterans (.3% of the total veteran population) spread out across the U.S., she argued, this number could and should be brought down to zero by the end of 2015. At the time, Ms. Obama had 77 mayors, four governors and four county officials on board. Today, those numbers have grown to include 585 mayors, 8 governors and 152 county and city officials and unlike much of the news coming out these days concerning veteran affairs, the forecast regarding veteran homelessness is looking good. 

This past January, New Orleans became the first city in the U.S. to announce victory in the war on veteran homelessness. All across the country states are improving, in part thanks to the 300% increase in spending on homeless vets that has occurred during President Obama's tenure as president. The result: homelessness amongst veterans has decreased by about a third since 2010. 

In 2013, 3 Generations interviewed Lisa Pape, the National Director of Homeless & Residential Rehab Treatment Programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as part of our Clinton Global Initiative commitment to action. Last month, President Obama renewed his commitment to veterans stating, "We stand by our pledge. We are going to keep at it until every veteran who has fought for America has a place to call home in America." In light of the renewal of his pledge, we aim to renew ours. We're thrilled to be able to share our interview with Ms. Pape, now the National Director of Homeless Programs for the Veterans Health Administration, with you and hope that her words will inspire you to take action on homelessness among veterans as well. Watch her interview here and check out the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's page on the Mayors Challenge to see what you can do to end veteran homelessness. 

As always, 3 Generations depends on the support of people like you. Your contributions help us produce videos like Lisa Pape's, which serve to educate the public on issues facing America's veterans. Please consider donating today. 

 

Sources: NPR and The New York Times 

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Jul 17, 2015

Beyond the Borders- New Film Coming Your Way!

This past May, Afghan-born American novelist Khaled Hosseini traveled to Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp with UNHCR to bear witness to the realities of the Syrian conflict. Writing in his reflection for New Statesman he began,

“Some things are simply too big to be taken in all at once. Raise your eyes one night to the sky, to the blackness sprayed with millions of stars, and try seeing all of it, the whole sky. It can’t be done. It overwhelms. The best you can do is to fix on a star or two and imagine the sheer vastness of the heavens through them. Sometimes, what you can’t grasp as a whole, you can picture through its parts. The same could be said about human suffering.”

With a stroke of his pen, Hosseini put into eloquent words the challenges human rights advocates and humanitarian organizations face when attempting to engage the public on mass atrocities.

This summer marks the fourth year of the Syria’s civil war. Estimates suggest 7.6 million Syrians are internally displaced and close to 4 million are living as refugees. These numbers are critical indicators of the magnitude of this humanitarian disaster. They are cold hard facts– easy to memorize and appealing to the human mind, which seeks to apply order and understanding to a tragedy, the reality of which is too catastrophic for us to truly comprehend. In quantifying human tragedy, however, we lose sight of the problem at the most basic and universal human level.

In early 2014, 3 Generations set out for Jordan to film the stories of Syrian refugees living in and around Amman. Our mission was to give a human face to the tragedy of Syria’s civil war. Our efforts resulted in three beautiful stories which are available for viewing on our website. In 2015, we are continuing our efforts to share the individual stories of Syrians and those tirelessly working to bring peace to the region. 3 Generations has partnered with GroundTruth Productions to produce a new film titled, Beyond the Borders. Set along the borders of Syria and Lebanon, Beyond the Borders will follow the efforts of German Professor, Friedrich Bokern as he builds a new model for peace. The film, shot by Georgia and Sophia Scott, will follow Bokern as he fights against the spread of terrorism, for human rights and education for all. Entwined in Bokern’s story are the intimate journeys of four Syrian refugees battling to overcome the torment of their shattered lives.

As a small nonprofit, our ability to create great films depends on the generosity of our donors and fans. With your support we can ensure these stories are heard. Join 3 Generations today and help us bring attention to the plight of Syria’s refugees. 

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