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BORDERLAND: Seven Lives. Seven Stories. As Told By Victims of Human Trafficking.
BORDERLAND: Seven Lives. Seven Stories. As Told By Victims of Human Trafficking.
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Borderland comic tells seven stories of human trafficking survivors.

We would like to create and publish a 36 page comic book about human trafficking based on real events set around the world. From a pastry maker in Warsaw to a waitress in Istanbul, the underground world of human trafficking is deep and dark, yet touches almost all.

We believe that as consumers of various goods and services, people should be aware of where those come from and at what cost. Olga Trusova, a Fulbright Fellow from Stanford University, has conducted extensive research on this subject and for a year has been collecting authentic stories told by victims of human trafficking. Dan Archer, a comics-journalist from California and 2010 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, has turned these testimonies into a comic book anthology titled “Borderland.”

The authors have two goals: to print and distribute a hard copy of the spot color comic in the US, complete with extensive footnotes, research notes and further links; and to create an interactive digital PDA version of the material, to promote awareness of the issue to a younger, tech-savvy US audience via an iPhone app and innovative software design.

The US government has tremendous influence on foreign governments and their policies, therefore it is important to bring its citizens’ attention to such a powerful issue as 21st century slavery, told through an innovative combination of comic art and interactive technology.

By the helping us publish the comic, you help make the change!

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    Gets you a PDF, a signed hard copy of the comic, and behind the scenes look of how the comic came together.

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    Backers will receive one hard copy of the comic, while the second copy will be sent to another person free of charge. We will work with counter-trafficking NGOs to distribute these copies among youth in groups at risk. For pledging to Buy One, Send One backers will be rewarded with “I did my part to stop human trafficking!” badge (digital badge with a logo and a link that can be shared on social networking sites, plus an equivalent physical sticker). Backers will also receive a passcode to download the iPhone version of the comic, which will by then be available through the iTunes app store.

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    You will get a signed poster, a badge, a signed copy of the comic book, a copy of the next comic in the series, and backer’s name in the acknowledgements page.

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    Gets you all of the above, plus a copy of all future Borderland comics and signed original artwork.

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