All posts tagged: Dottie Laster

Freedom Keys, Dottie Laster

Keys to Freedom Art Projects Benefit Human Trafficking Victims

Finding exceptional ways for funding the aftercare of victims of human trafficking can be challenging. The aftercare needs of survivors are quite extensive and include physical, mental, and emotional assistance, sometimes for several years. Dottie Laster created TRAFFICKED Designs a few years ago, a company which teaches survivors how to make jewelry pieces which they design, make and sell for profit. Using acquired skills of the survivors to design and create jewelry, art, and other products, the company assists rescued victims to better assimilate back into society by learning skills to re-enter the job market successfully. Laster recently added a new product line to TRAFFICKED Designs, her original paintings and prints. The “Keys to Freedom” collection uses the theme for the visualization of those who are unlocking the keys to bondage and setting those ensnared in trafficking on their way to freedom. Laster’s first original painting sold promptly leading her to see there was a market for her works. She has since made prints and other products available using the designs from her original paintings. Using mixed media and …

New Braunfels Public Library, Dottie Laster, Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Awareness Month Event at New Braunfels Library Hosts Dottie Laster

  Thursday, January 29, 2015 the New Braunfels, Texas Public Library, 700 E. Common St., will be hosting a presentation by Dottie Laster of Bernardo Kohler Center and Laster Global Consulting in honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The event is free and open to the public to attend and learn about the effects of modern-day slavery. Laster titles her presentation, “What Would Frederick Douglass Do?” based on the life work of the escaped slave and late 1800’s leader of the abolitionist movement, also Laster’s historical mentor. Reminding the audience of the struggles that Douglass was able to overcome, along with his accomplishments and successes, she sheds light on the condition of slavery, then and now. She will share her vision with the audience and not only encourage involvement, but demonstrate ways that everyone can contribute their talents. Being inspired by the work of Frederick Douglass, Dottie Laster has been an inspiration to those whom she has trained and influenced to join the anti-human trafficking movement over the last 10 years. “We have been equipped for the battlefield by …

Cantinera Documentary,Dottie Laster,ImaginePublicity

The Cantinera Documentary Available for Purchase

  $ 9.95 The Cantinera is a story of a woman who was forced by her mother to drink with men in latin bars when she was thirteen years old. Twenty three years later, she is still drinking thirty beers a night, five nights a week, but longs for sobriety and a second chance. The film exposes a part of human trafficking in the United States. The documentary is now available for purchase to use for community education event screenings to bring more awareness to the epidemic facing women, children and men across the US.  The Cantinera can be purchased on DVD or downloaded for view on demand for just $9.99. It’s encouraged to bring experienced human trafficking speakers to events to conduct discussion and answer questions following the screening of the film. Dottie Laster and Producer/Director Ruth Villatoro are both available to come to communities. The Cantinera Documentary has been shown on college campuses and human trafficking conferences since it’s release and now it’s available for the general public. To order a personal copy of …

Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue, Dottie Laster, ImaginePublicity, MSNBC

MSNBC’s Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue with Dottie Laster Part of November Marathon

  Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue Featuring Dottie Laster  Watch the sneak peek! As part of MSNBC’s November marathon, Sex Slaves in America, Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue will air again on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 6pm kicking off the evening’s 4 hours of the most compelling episodes about human trafficking filmed from coast to coast. The Texas Rescue episode follows Dottie Laster and her team performing rescue attempts of known victims of trafficking by “purchasing” her services, often with the pimp waiting outside. One of Dottie Laster’s featured team members, Cat French of Elijah Rising, was specifically trained by Laster to recognize the complexities of the landscape of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. French says, “By her tenacity and resolute stand against wickedness, Dottie prepared the way for a whole new coalition of justice warriors to arise in Houston, some through Elijah Rising, and many others in similar organizations throughout our city. We have been equipped for the battlefield by Dottie’s patient and enduring mentorship. Many thanks to you, Dottie!” Rescue of Sex Trafficking Victims in Houston While filming, Dottie Laster and …

Fundraiser for Bernardo Kohler Center

Dottie Laster Launches Austin Fundraiser for Bernardo Kohler Center

    On Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6pm Central, Bernardo Kohler Center is sponsoring a fundraiser at Law Offices Building of Wilson Sonsoni Goodrich and Rosati, 900 Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX. The public is encouraged to attend and take part in learning about the various services Bernardo Kohler Center provides. There will be a silent auction, music, speakers and jewelry for sale made by survivors of human trafficking. The mission of Bernardo Kohler Center is “…. to attain safety, respect, and justice for abused, abandoned, neglected juveniles, victims of crime, human trafficking victims, and asylum seekers by providing legal, social, and educational services.” The advocates are continually working with cases brought to them from all over the world including Mexico and Central America, and as far away as Nepal, Cameroon, and Eastern Europe. Through programs like Casitas, which addresses abandoned and abused children, and Save One Soul, which addresses human trafficking, victims are provided with legal representation as they make their way through the chaos of their situation. The history of the Bernardo Kohler …