Combine art, information and technology to raise awareness of modern day slavery and take action to stop it.

Combine art, information and technology to raise awareness of modern day slavery and take action to stop it.

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Positioning of your initiative on the mosaic diagram

Which of these barriers is the primary focus of your work?

Invisibility of problem

Which of the principles is the primary focus of your work?

Mobilize peer groups and communities to raise awareness

If you believe some other barrier or principle should be included in the mosaic, please describe it and how it would affect the positioning of your initiative in the mosaic

My initiative also focuses on "connecting those who want to help but don't know how to organizations that are actively working to combat trafficking but do not have the budget or know how to market themselves."

I would summarize it as "connecting relevant stakeholders" or "creating stakeholder synergy."

Name Your Project

Combine art, information and technology to raise awareness of modern day slavery and take action to stop it.

Describe Your Idea

Combine art, information and technology to raise awareness of modern day slavery and take action to stop it.


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What is your signature innovation, your new idea, in one sentence?

Combine art, information and technology to raise awareness of modern day slavery and take action to stop it.

Describe your innovation. What makes your idea unique and different than others doing work in the field?

Raising awareness- The Human Trafficking Project (HTP) utilizes art, innovation and technology to raise awareness of trafficking. Upcoming projects include a hip-hop album, a documentary and a photography project. The goal is to provide a multimedia body of work that will convey the facts, emotions and complexity of human trafficking and insert the issue into the mainstream consciousness. The HTP website will feature trafficking facts, downloadable songs, streamable video, photographs, links to relevant news stories, and original articles and insights. To listen to a song off of the hip-hop album go here:

Creating action- The HTP's online database of trafficking-related news articles from around the world will be an easily accessible resource for researchers and others interested in learning more about trafficking. Further, NGOs and other relevant organizations will be able to post jobs and volunteer opportunities on the HTP website. In this way the HTP seeks to bridge the critical gap between organizations that need help and the individuals who want to help but don't know where to look.

Supporting survivors- The HTP will work with NGOs and other stakeholders to develop innovative programs to ensure that trafficking survivors receive the assistance they need to rebuild their lives and minimize future vulnerability to exploitation. Projects such as the upcoming hip-hop album and the documentary will be used to fund raise for survivors. Currently, the HTP is finalizing a program to send trafficking survivors to school in partnership with the Visayan Foru

Delivery Model: How do you implement your innovation and apply it to the challenge/problem you are addressing?

The primary deliverables of the HTP are:

1) The website,, featuring music, video and photography that will also include an extensive, accessible and growing database of trafficking news articles worldwide as well as the functionality for NGOs around the world to post job and volunteer opportunities.

2) Art projects that include a documentary, a hip-hop album and a photography collection that touch on various issues within the theme of modern day slavery. These projects will be used to fund raise to support the HTP and its initiatives.

3) The Second Chance educational scholarship program covers the full expenses of an academic year to five trafficking survivors in the Philippines. This program is a partnership between the HTP and the Visayan Forum Foundation (

How do you plan to grow your innovation?

The HTP will grow by the following initatives:

1) Organize networking, fund raising events that showcase the HTP art projects in conjunction with alldaybuffet (, an organization that facilitates social networking for social action by organizing bi-monthly events around the country to encourage people to brainstorm, connect and act to create change.
2) Develop a website that provides increased functionality and user value. The new website is currently being developed with an estimated completion date of late June '08.
3) Continue expanding the collective of artists, researchers and other interested individuals contributing to the HTP across the world developing a body of art projects and information that reflect the global scope of modern day slavery.
4) Expand the Second Chance educational scholarship program to include additional scholars and countries.
5) As available funds increase, the HTP will explore additional strategies of combating human trafficking in partnership with artists and NGOs around the world, for example Unlad Kabayan (using migrant savings for community development).
6) Justin, the HTP founder, will utilize his contacts to maximize the HTP's exposure by pursuing collaborations with GOOD Magazine, anti-trafficking NGOs and more.

Do you have any existing partnerships, and if so, how do you create them?

1) I am currently collaborating with the Visayan Forum Foundation on the Second Chance educational scholarships for trafficking survivors program.
2) I am co-founder of alldaybuffet.
3) In the past I have worked with Unlad Kabayan, an NGO in the Philippines that won a Changemakers award in 2005, and plan on collaborating with them in the future to find innovative ways to involve trafficking survivors in Unlad's strategy of utilizing migrant savings to spur local development.
4) I also have contacts with the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific, Free the Slaves and that I plan on contacting to promote the HTP art projects.


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Provide one sentence describing your impact/intended impact.

The HTP will combine art, information and technology to raise awareness of modern day slavery, connect those wanting to get involved with those who need help and fund raise via its innovative art projects to support trafficking survivors.

What are the main barriers to creating or achieving your impact?

Funding is the main barrier I have to fully maximizing the potential of the HTP. I need funding to print copies of the documentary and hip-hop album, develop the HTP website and create promotional materials (press kits, web banners, promotional cds). I am also actively seeking pro bono legal assistance in setting up a non profit as well as finding additional researchers and artists to contribute to the HTP.

How many people have you served or plan to serve?

People served to date:

1) Web site visitors- over 23,000 unique visits and 43,000 page views from February 07 to June 08 at an average of 2:00 minutes per visit. The HTP currently receives over 4,000 unique visits a month. Site visitors include the global anti-trafficking NGO community, authors, students, activists, artists, journalists and the staff of intergovernmental organizations including the UN.

2) Trafficking survivors receiving Second Chance scholarship- 5 (this number depends on available funding and will expand in the future as resources permit).


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I'm unsure of how to calculate or estimate how many people the HTP indirectly affects.

Please list any other measures of the impact of your innovation?

This field has not been completed. (83 words or less)

Is there a policy intervention element to your innovation?

This field has not been completed. (125 words or less)

Exactly who are the beneficiaries of your innovation?

1) Trafficking survivors
2) NGOs
3) The public, researchers, journalists
4) Artists

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How is your initiative financed (or how do you expect your initiative will be financed)?

The HTP is currently financed by Justin Hakuta, the founder; however, funding support from grants, donations, fund raising events and sales of merchandise (for now the documentary and hip-hop album) is being actively pursued.

If known, provide information on your finances and organization

Estimated annual budget (fiscal year starting in June '08):

- Art projects, $4,000
- Second Chance scholarship & documentation, $1,530
- Web development, $1,000
- Marketing, $1,000
- Graphic design, $1,000
- Organizational materials (business cards, letter head, logo), $300
- Incorporation, $125
- Web hosting, $100

*Total estimated annual budget: $9,055

The HTP has thus far raised $1,530 to reach the annual goal of the Second Chance scholarship.

Revenue goals:
- Documentary & album sales, $20 for both, goal of selling at least 1,000 units = $16,400 (after estimated cost of goods sold)
- Donations, $5,000
- Grants, $20,000

*Total estimated annual revenue for fiscal year June '08 to June '09: $41,400

Number of volunteer staff- 3
Number of contributing artists- 4

The HTP mentality is to do more with less and utilizes partnerships and efficient operations to keep costs down while making an impact.

What is the potential demand for your innovation?

There is a high demand for the services provided by the HTP as 1) the level of awareness of human trafficking is generally low across all levels of society (the general public, law enforcement, criminal justice systems, etc.), 2) there is a gap between those organizations or individuals who are acting to combat trafficking and those who want to help but don't know where to look and 3) there is a great need to support NGOs and collaborative stakeholder initiatives to provide increased services to trafficking survivors, such as providing educational or livelihood opportunities, upon reintegration to their home communities to minimize the chance of being re-trafficked.

What are the main barriers to financial sustainability?

Financial sustainability depends largely on the strength of marketing, the success of grant applications and partnerships and the breadth of contacts within the HTP network who either are or can identify private donors.

The Story

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What is the origin of this innovation? Tell us your story.

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004, Justin worked as the researcher of the Midtown Community Court in New York. While at Midtown, Hakuta interviewed and surveyed prostitutes, some of whom were suspected victims of trafficking, and was exposed to the lack of awareness of trafficking that pervaded the New York criminal justice system at that time.

With an interest in music, film, activism, entrepreneurship and travel, Hakuta then researched the NGO response to human trafficking in the Philippines in 2007 as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Justin created the Human Trafficking Project after witnessing the need for increased public awareness of modern day slavery and additional resources to assist survivors of trafficking during rehabilitation and reintegration into their home communities. The HTP is a means of continuing the work Hakuta had started in the Philippines as a Fulbright scholar and combining his diverse interests to create an innovative way to help combat modern day slavery.

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A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in 2004 with a B.S. in Decision Science, Justin has constantly sought to combine his personal interest in social justice and his professional skills by working at organizations such as Honest Tea, where he focused on sales and marketing, and the Midtown Community Court, where he assisted in developing criminal justice policies for the New York State Court System. More recently, Hakuta researched the NGO response to human trafficking in the Philippines in 2007 as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Hakuta will be attending Harvard Business School this fall to focus on entrepreneurship and creating innovative, sustainable solutions for social change.

Emphasis of Work

The HTP focuses on the following issues:

1) Supporting survivors (Protection/Prevention)
2) Raising awareness (Prevention)
3) Creating stakeholder synergies (Connecting NGOs and volunteers/employees)

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