“We enslave ourselves...by what we do, or by a self image...
We're slaves to the image we think people want us to be."
—Edgar Estrella, student artist, Angels Gate High School, San Pedro, CA
In The State of Human Trafficking in California, 2012, Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California, estimated that on a yearly basis 700,000 people, many of them children, are kidnapped within America or smuggled into the United States from around the world. Hidden in Plain Site: Student Artists Respond, 2015, addressed this phenomenon. Participants’ goals with the project were to raise awareness, invite dialogue, and take
action toward interrupting the exploitation, forced labor, and trafficking of human beings.