Group of Kean students and teachers collaborate with anti-human trafficking organization

By Anthony Reyna | Posted before December 22, 2021

Human trafficking has become one of the most serious problems in the world today, where millions of people are forced into slavery or sexual exploitation every year.

FFLI logo photo credit: Free for Life International

Recently, Professor Kean Robin Landa and a group of students from the Robert Busch School of Design (RBSD) collaborated with Free For Life International to offer their creative expertise in creating a project that the organization could use to l ‘to come up.

Free for Life International is a Nashville, Tennessee-based nonprofit dedicated to saving lives and fighting the human trafficking epidemic.

By raising awareness, providing shelter for rescued victims, monitoring borders and educating those unaware of the seriousness of this problem, Free For Life International has saved thousands of lives by pulling them away from the clutches of the world. underground of humanity. Treat and guide on a path to a better future.

“Contrary to popular belief, human trafficking does not take into account origin, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender or sexuality. People from any part of the world can be victims of human trafficking, ”said Landa.

She added that the populations most at risk, however, were runaway youth, foster families and the homeless, as well as members of the LGBTQ + community.

Landa, along with RBSD Professors Denise Anderson and Deborah Ceballos, gave the project to around 90 of their students who were both graphic design and advertising students.

A group of young girls Photo credit: Free for Life International

Free for Life International selected the work of Mara Reyes, an Advertising Major, to use on her fundraising campaigns and on her organization’s official website, which Mara was very proud of.

“It’s amazing knowing that I’m achieving my goal of designing for the greater good. It was more than just a project, it was something that can change the lives of victims who have suffered for years and whose voices are not heard, ”Reyes said.

She, like many others, was particularly saddened by some of the harsh realities of human trafficking, especially after being given an additional perspective.

“The students at Kean University were shocked and horrified by the statistics and the devastating stories of the victims. For example, poor families sell their children into slavery for the equivalent of $ 29. However, our students also felt that by designing and designing promotional solutions for Free for Life International, they were proactive and contributing to a solution. Landa said.

Although the subject of human trafficking is still shrouded in mystery, the first step in solving any problem is to educate and involve as many minds as possible and the Kean community appears to be actively involved in working with Free. For Life International to ensure they continue to expand their reach.