Following up on last year's event, Bella Diva Dance will once again be RISING in our community to help end violence against women. Started in 2012 as part of the "V-Day Movement" created by playwright Eve Ensler, One Billion Rising is a global campaign to end to violence against women, rise for justice and promote gender equality. This show will be a fundraiser with all ticket sales going to the PIER INSTITUTE's non-profit Verifica program. Underlying the horrors of human trafficking are the dark economics that supports all black markets. PIER Institute offers turn-key corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to reduce both the demand for forced labor and the supply of trafficked victims. Verifica is a community-based program proven to stop human traffickers by creating awareness and recognition of the tactics sex-trade recruiters use to lure, exploit, and ultimately kidnap teenagers in marginalized communities. Traffickers prey on innocent teenagers from vulnerable communities. They often pose as recruiters with promises of employment in distant cities and then sell their victims into slavery in the sex-trade or forced labor. By combining awareness with special tactics, Verifica exposes traffickers before they can exploit the innocent without risk to the targeted teams or the community. Verifica is designed primarily for international communities as its systems counter the specific methods used by traffickers outside the United States, by targeting the 'supply' side of the sex-trade from and economic viewpoint. They are currently doing work in Honduras and Columbia. During the show, we will of course be entertaining you with our signature world dance styles, Belly Dance, Samba, & Bollywood! We will be having special guest performing artist Seemie Xavier, Raqs Kiz, & Ayla Thayer. We will be hosted by our very own Pierre Jean Pierre.
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