The GIFT Box

michele_giftboxThe GIFT Box is a unique project launched by STOP THE TRAFFIK and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking  UN.GIFT at the London 2012 Olympics. GIFT box is designed to introduce people to the issue of human trafficking and inspire them to take further action. In the summer of 2013 the GIFT box project went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to be used in connection with their 2013, 2014 and 2016 major sporting events.  This January the GIFT box is making its debut in New York City, in preparation for the Super Bowl (American football).

Each GIFT box is a walk-in piece of public art, symbolizing how traffickers entice their victims with GIFTboxfalse promises. Bright and beguiling, the outside of the box offers the “gift” of a better new life; people can’t help but be intrigued. In the top picture is Michele Morek OSU, standing outside of the box (it was minus 5 degrees F or about minus 20 C!). Once inside the box they realize the deception.  They are confronted with a three dimensional, thought-provoking and interactive experience, which introduces the grim reality that victims of human trafficking face, by telling several real stories of real people.  The lower picture shows Celia Martin NDS, Morgan Jue, and another volunteer inside of the box. UNANIMA is a member of the sponsoring committee, the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons.