DENTON (UNT), Texas — A University of North Texas design research graduate student created a smartphone app that aims to help people — especially truck drivers — report incidents of human trafficking. Lisa Mercer developed Operation Compass with the goal of compiling a database that will automatically collect and sort the incidents.
Invited to Present My Research Poster at the Inclusive Design Conference at the Royal Academy of Art in London.August 1, 2015
Presented Research at the Irish Design Research Conference, Bridging Knowledge Spaces Panelist member on the Society panel, June 2015June 28, 2015
The Freedom Network is comprised of 39 members across the U.S. who are focused on the fight against human trafficking. I attended this conference armed with the first prototype for Operation Compass and showed it to as many attendees as I could. I spoke with law enforcement, social workers, prosecutors, and victim advocates. The feedback I brought home was immeasurable and played a role in the mobile application that is now available.
A Path Appears is a documentary created by the same team who created the documentary Half the Sky. It is a 3 part documentary and the first episode is focused on sex trafficking within the United States.
Episode One: Sex Trafficking in the USA
The first episode introduces survivors of sex trafficking in Nashville, Boston, and Chicago, and illuminates the widespread existence of crimes happening in our own backyards.
Episode Two: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Travel from West Virginia to Haiti and Colombia for stories of children and women breaking free from a life of poverty and abuse.
Episode Three: Violence and Solutions
Explore the work of organizations combating domestic violence in the U.S., and one providing a Kenyan slum’s most at-risk young girls with a path to opportunity.
In 2011 Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore Launched the ‘Real Men Don’t Buy Girls’ Campaign. Featuring many celebrities including Justin Timberlake, Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn, Edward Norton, Conan O’Brien, Piers Morgan, Ben Stiller and many more.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Sex Trafficking in Seattle, WA
Description from their website:
Executive Producer Jada Pinkett Smith brings you “Rape For Profit”, a powerful documentary the Huffington post calls, “Disturbing and Provocative”. Set against the backdrop of Seattle’s downtown city lights, “Rape For Profit” takes the audience undercover for an up-close look at the true nature of the sex trade. The film unveils a growing problem in major U.S. cities where girls as young as 12 years old are bought and sold as many as 15 times a night to service the desires of men. Experience the shocking truth and follow several heroes as they fight to end this modern-day slavery and stop the next generation of buyers.
Link to their work.
12th Annual Conference of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility hosted by Drexel UniversitySeptember 9, 2014
This was my first time speaking at an academic conference and it was the perfect first conference experience. There were around 90 attendees and so many of them had known each other fora many years. I was invited to present on the contextual research I conducted for my thesis: Riding Shotgun, Supporting Truck Drivers with a Method of Anonymously Reporting Incidents of Child Trafficking as a panelist member on the discussion of Mobility Justice & Sexual Nobilities.