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Empowering the next generation of leaders by shining light on and combating child sex trafficking.
Empowering the next generation of leaders by shining light on and combating child sex trafficking.
204 backers pledged $18,579 to help bring this project to life.

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California's Forgotten Children - Documentary

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If you missed the chance to donate to our film during the campaign, but still want to help click here: www.californiasforgottenchildren.com

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this film and making this dream of ours a reality! We couldn’t do it without you! 

"California's Forgotten Children" is a documentary about child sex trafficking and exploitation of children in California. The film focuses on true stories of youth who were sold on the streets of California and are now survivors and brave leaders, fighting for the rights of forgotten children in the United States. 

Their stories are compelling and empowering, showing that any child can be exploited, regardless of ethnicity or financial background. This film features interviews with abolitionists, case managers, advocates, district attorneys, police officers, parents, teachers, lawyers, students, and artists all dedicated to put an end to this epidemic.

Post Production - Editing | Color correction | Motion graphics | Audio mixing & engineering | Soundtrack

Currently, we have finished pre-production and production: the interviews, and recreating B-roll production for the film. Now we need help to pay a team of professionals to edit and put the finishing touches. 

There’s a lot that goes into making a feature length documentary, and we’re confident that with a lot of hard work, dedication, and your financial support we can make an impactful and empowering film. 

Child trafficking and exploitation is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today. In the United States, over 100,000 children are being enslaved and sold for sex. - Source: National Human Trafficking Resource Center

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Youth are most vulnerable to the tactics used by human traffickers and exploiters. Almost every trafficked victim has had a history of sexual abuse earlier in his or her childhood, which begins a continuum of sexual exploitation. 

- California Against Slavery
- California Against Slavery

They are sold an average of 15 times a day, 6 days a week, totaling 14,040 sex acts a year.

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- California Against Slavery
- California Against Slavery

California is a hotspot for domestic and international human trafficking because of its large population, international borders, large economy, extensive ports, and metropolitan regions.

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To read about the facts and sources visit: http://www.californiasforgottenchildren.com/resources.html

This film is unique because it shows the horrific problems in our country and gives the solutions on how to intervene and prevent them. By the time you finish the documentary you will have the knowledge and the tools to start making a change and become a defender of our nations vulnerable children. 

This film teaches people to understand and share the feelings of the survivors instead of generating pity. By creating empathy we will empower the forgotten youth in our communities by making them stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their own lives and claiming their rights

We will engage people and communities to a call for action by giving them intellectual, moral, and social instruction to protect and prevent it from happening. And will show the humanity of people who are trying to bring freedom, hope, love, and awareness for commercially sexually exploited children.

Creatively the film uses poetic imagery to visually tell the stories of the survivors. Each image was carefully selected to pair with the words from the survivors true story.

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The Survivors

We recently interviewed Nikolaos and we are excited for him be a part of our documentary!
We recently interviewed Nikolaos and we are excited for him be a part of our documentary!
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This film has brought together many people who care about the issue and want to make a change.   

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We've got lots of great rewards for your donations available if you can back the film. Check out all the rewards on the right hand side of this page. 

  • Pre-order the feature length DVD
  • Behind the scenes DVD
  • A teaching tool kit that goes along with the DVD
  • First look at the documentary online link 
  • Exclusive extra interviews for kickstarter bakers only
  • T-shirts & Tote Bags
  • Empowering Handmade Bracelets 
  • Original artwork from the film
  • Premiere tickets to the opening event of the film 
  • Dinner with the director and team members
  • Become an associate producer or producer of this film!
Here are a few of our highlights:
T-Shirt and Tote Bags Designed by Betsy Tsai
T-Shirt and Tote Bags Designed by Betsy Tsai
made by friends and family
made by friends and family
The director Melody is also a photographer select any picture from her animal photography album on her website and receive an 8" x 11"  http://www.mcmfilmmaker.com/wild-life.html Pictures of an adorable Red Panda, Wolf, Fox, Gorilla, and more
The director Melody is also a photographer select any picture from her animal photography album on her website and receive an 8" x 11" http://www.mcmfilmmaker.com/wild-life.html Pictures of an adorable Red Panda, Wolf, Fox, Gorilla, and more
Over the last 9 days of the campaign we featured a short story from a survivor, advocate, police officer, attorney, artist, parent, and more on how they are contributing to the fight to end child sex trafficking.
Over the last 9 days of the campaign we featured a short story from a survivor, advocate, police officer, attorney, artist, parent, and more on how they are contributing to the fight to end child sex trafficking.
    

What else can I do to help?

TEAMWORK: Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much. Share this page with your family and friends to spread the word about "California's Forgotten Children". Even better, show your support financially by backing the film on Kickstarter! We truly appreciate all your support and every dollar donated to make this dream a reality.

Risks and challenges

Nothing will hold us back from finishing “California's Forgotten Children” once funded! Our final post-production teams are already in place. Be ready to mark your calendars for the premiere.

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    Hand painted artwork made for the film by Art Director Valentina Vee! + Tote Bag with the film's logo on it + Exclusive link to Behind the Scenes Material + Special Thanks Credit in film/IMDB + Personal thank you postcard + Newsletter Updates

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    **New Reward** Mini Direct Action and Prevention Toolkit:
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    Your name listed as a sponsor on the closing credits of our film + 30 minute Skype meeting with Team members of the film + Feature Film DVD with Behind the Scenes Material DVD + two tickets to the opening night + T-Shirt + Tote Bag + Empowering Handmade Bracelet + Thank you credit in film/IMDB + personal thank you letter + Newsletter Updates + a bear hug

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    Our production team will film and edit a 4 minute documentary about how you are empowering the next generation of leaders. We will film you and your team in your offices, and interview you about your journey. (California Only)

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    You will be credited as an Associate Producer in the end film credits and on IMDB! Proudly see your name on screen as a major part of this production.

    Two tickets and dinner with the Director and team members on the opening night of the film.

    + Two tickets and dinner with the Director and team members on the opening night of the film. DVD of the Feature Film + Behind the Scenes Material DVD + T-Shirt + Tote Bag + Empowering Handmade Bracelets + Personal Thank you Letter + The Wall of Appreciation + a bear hug!

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