By Anais Rivera - Development & Communications Manager
Nemr, Lost in Lebanon. Photo credit Sophia Scott
Eight years of civil war in Syria has caused over 5 million Syrians to flee their homes to the neighboring countries of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Many others have made difficult journeys to Europe and North America.
3 Generations has been documenting the plight of these refugees since 2013. We have interviewed a number of them focusing on their individual stories. Stories that tell of their struggles but also shine a light on their humanity, dignity, and sense of community. It is important to tell these stories so that people can have a better understanding of the Syrian refugee crisis and help build momentum for focused action.
Over the last 5 years, 3 Generations has filmed many stories. We produced the short film, Three, about refugees in Jordan. and the feature documentary, Lost in Lebanon, about Syrian refugees who fled to Lebanon. We also have filmed additional short videos and put them on our website.
We continue to follow the progress of those we have filmed and to make their stories available to broad audiences. On that front, we have good news to share. Nemr, one of the refugees featured in Lost in Lebanon, has recently found sanctuary in Canada. He can now begin to heal and rebuild his life in safety and with dignity.
It is only with your support that we can bring these stories to light and continue our fight to help those affected by the war in Syria. We invite you to visit our website www.3generations.org for more updates on this and all of our current projects.
A few days ago, Sgt. Maj. James G. “Ryan” Sartor was killed in Afghanistan. It was his 7th deployment overseas since he enlisted in 2001. His service will be recognized with the posthumous award of a Purple Heart.
Never has the civilian/military divide felt greater than today, as many of us have become accustomed to what is now an 18-year-old war. And still, veteran homelessness and veteran death by suicide remain massive problems.
At 3 Generations we are only a tiny part of the awareness-raising universe. For the last 2 years, we have focused on one of the most misunderstood areas of the military/civilian divide - the place of transgender veterans in our collective gratitude.
At our organization, we do not differentiate the value of a veteran’s service based on sexual or gender orientation. We are humbled by all who served our country. And yet, this work has proved extremely controversial, even by 3 Generations standards. We have received criticism and condemnation for valuing transgender veterans. Nonetheless, it is with determination and pride that we continue to share our award-winning film Go Debbie.
At a screening in Colorado last weekend, a full house audience expressed gratitude for our effort to raise awareness about homelessness among veterans and the particular challenges of transgender veterans.
The work continues.
Jun 27, 2019
Working Towards "Ordem e Progresso"
By Claudia Opper - Kenan Scholar
3 Generations has been committed to ending sex trafficking in the United States since 2013. Unfortunately, this issue stretches beyond the United States’ borders. It is estimated that there are 4.5 million victims of sex trafficking worldwide. That being said, we are always pleased to hear about the global reach of our films. Law student Gabriella Silva Pereira is preparing to present her research on the intersection of constitutional principles and prostitution in Brazil. She is using scenes from our feature documentary Tricked to make her case.
The annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report labels Brazil as a source, transit, and destination country for international human trafficking. The sex trafficking epidemic persists largely due to a corrupt judicial system and a lack of federal resources. Historically, 80% of sex traffic convictions remain unenforced because of recurring appeals. In terms of support for survivors of trafficking, the federal government does not fund long-term shelters nor provide specialized services for male, transgender, or child victims.
As with most areas of the world, there is still plenty of reform needed to end sex trafficking in Brazil. We thank Gabriella Silva Pereira for her work. We are hopeful that Tricked can raise awareness of pervasive abuse and inspire worldwide policy change.