2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Web Trafficked: From Victim to Inmate

Tuesday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 5
110 E 2nd St

The web has made it too easy for girls to be trafficked on loosely regulated sites like Backpage & Craigslist. Their experiences get worse after escaping their traffickers, often landing them in the criminal justice system. Over 600,000 girls are arrested yearly for nonviolent offenses that correlate significantly with enduring situations of abuse. Moderated by Rights4Girls Executive Director Yasmin Vafa, this panel explores how the web can be used to end trafficking of girls. It will include an interview with two human trafficking & juvenile justice system survivors & a review of the photo series “Girls in Justice” by Richard Ross, which reflects on the experiences of girls in the system.

Hashtags: #sxsw #GirlsInJJ


Esche Jackson at SXSW

Esche Jackson

Survivor Leader/Law Intern

Morris Yorn

Justice-system reform advocate Esché Jackson draws from her personal experience in the foster care system and the juvenile justice system to improve the social perception and treatment of the incar...

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Malika Saada Saar at SXSW

Malika Saada Saar

Sr Counsel on Civil & Human Rights


As a human rights lawyer and advocate, Malika led the effort to shut down Craigslist ads that served as the leading site for the trafficking of children for sex, ended the federal practice of shack...

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Withelma "T" Ortiz Walker Pettigrew at SXSW

Withelma "T" Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

Consultant/Survivor Leader/Student

Advisory Board, Human Rights Project For Girls

Withelma, better known as “T”, entered California's foster care system as an infant and has endured a life riddled with abuse and neglect during the 14-plus placements in foster care, failed adopti...

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Yasmin Vafa at SXSW

Yasmin Vafa

Exec Dir


Yasmin Vafa is co-founder and Executive Director of Rights4Girls, a human rights organization focused on gender-based violence against young women and girls in the U.S. As a human rights attorney a...

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