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Matilde Simas

Photographer in Boston

Photography to Inspire Action

PRESENTED ON JAN 09, 2019
IN BIDDEFORD @ VOL 25

Matilde Simas is an award-winning documentary photographer. Her work has brought her around the world, where to explore the theme of human rights and the resilience of human beings. 

Matilde’s ongoing documentary portrait series “Faces Behind Atrocity” is about survivors of labor trafficking, sex trafficking, and forced marriage, and was created for a United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons campaign. “Faces Behind Atrocity” has received numerous international awards.

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Human Trafficking

BY ALI WEINER
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 03, 2012

A graduate of Yale, Ali Weiner explains the state of human trafficking in the world today, dispelling myths perpetuated by popular culture. She also introduces her current fundraising project, and illustrates how it will be used to aide victims of modern human trafficking, pointing out several pre-existing dedicated charities for such victims  as well.

"Presentation of the Day" on October 19, 2013.

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Education, Human Rights in Afghanistan

BY LAURYN OATES
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 13, 2013

Lauryn Oates has been working to improve the lives of children and women in Afghanistan through the power of education. Though threats against her and her colleagues lives have been made on numerous occasions, she speaks firmly on the ideals of human rights. 

"Presentation of the Day" on January 10, 2014.

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Human Rights Tattoo

BY SANDER VAN BUSSEL
@ VOL 8 ON DEC 03, 2013

The Human Rights Tattoo project is an art project to create awareness and underline the importance of Human Rights. The idea originates from Sander van Bussel. The murder of fellow artist Steven ‘Nyash’ Nygah in Nairobi motivated him to pursue this idea. HRT's goal is to tattoo the complete text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on individuals, letter by letter. The complete text of this declaration contains 6773 letters. Each person gets one character.

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Lighthouse

BY AIKI SEGAWA
@ BCCJ COMMUNITY HUB ON OCT 09, 2014

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. However, little is known of Japan's dark secret: human trafficking. 

Aiki Segawa talks in depth about the issue of human trafficking in Japan. With the organization of Lighthouse, Aiki is working hard to help victims of human, usually children as young as 6 years old. Working hard to raise awarness within Japan, gain support, and take action to eliminate human trafficking in Japan. 

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Proximity and Distance - Human Bodies in Movement and Stillness

BY BETTINA HOFFMANN
@ VOL 142 ON DEC 14, 2016

Visual artist Bettina Hoffmann works at the intersection of photography, film, sculpture, contemporary dance and theatre to examine and challenge the underlying mechanisms of social relations, conflicts and communication.

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Human Rights and Child Protection

BY DR. M. K. SHARMA
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 19, 2017

Dr. M.K. Sharma, advocate and visiting faculty in law, speaks on Human Rights and Child Protection.

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The Continuum of Human Experience and Sex Trafficking

BY NANCY HARDCASTLE
@ VOL 2 ON SEP 23, 2017

Storyteller Nancy Hardcastle leads a happy life in Puerto Vallarta, that is until she ponders about children that endure sex trafficking.

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Freedom... for all?

BY BENEDICTE EKMAN
@ VOL 9 ON SEP 15, 2017

Freedom seems to be a self evident human right, but still 45 million people all over the world does have it. What can we do so make sure freedom belongs to all mankind? Benedicte Ekman explains.

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Human Geographer

BY ELVIN DELGADO
@ VOL 13 ON MAR 16, 2018

Elvin Delgado, a human geographer, reminds us in these stunning photos that the struggle for human equality and human rights is still very much alive in Post-Chavez Venezuela.