Artists United for Social Justice (AUSJ), is a non-profit that is dedicated to the creation and distribution of multi-media content to educate the public about social injustices.
AUSJ values diversity, equity, and inclusion and believes that all stories deserve to be heard. AUSJ collaborates with artists, non-profit organizations, advocates, influencers, and communities to create impactful content, highlight social injustices, and share stories that are raw and authentic. AUSJ believes that in today’s world, digital story-telling is fundamental for raising awareness about social injustices and creating systemic change.
WHY DIGITAL CONTENT?
Viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video compared to 10% when reading it in text
More than 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day.
Social video generates 12 times more shares than text and images combined.
CREATES DIGITAL CONTENT
Since 2005, AUSJ has sponsored & created seven award-winning projects, including feature films, digital content for social media, and multiple anti-trafficking public service announcements featuring Ashley Judd.
ADVOCATES FOR CHANGE
AUSJ increased support for the United States legislation Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Protection Act (TVPRA) and rallied congressional state and federal leaders for legislation supporting victims of trafficking and persecuting Human Traffickers.
RAISES PUBLIC AWARENESS
AUSJ's content has more than 2M views via broadcast distribution on CNN, BBC, Bulgaria National Channel, Amazon Prime, and YouTube. AUSJ also consults Hollywood producers who are exposing human trafficking in pop-culture content and has participated in 40+ screenings, Q&A panel discussions, and conferences.
OFFERS EDUCATION AND TRAINING
AUSJ developed trainings to help California law enforcement identify victims as well as a human trafficking educational video series used to train and inform the United States Embassy, FBI, Dept. of Homeland Security, and universities and nonprofit organizations around the world.
SPARKS THE CONVERSATION
AUSJ has collaborated with high schools and college students across the nation, inspiring youth advocates, and dozens of youth action committees.
INSPIRES CALLS TO ACTION
AUSJ digital content has helped raise more than $250K in donations for partnering organizations, rehabilitation shelters in Eastern Europe and participating anti-trafficking organizations in the United States.
"The Conversation film is an amazing realistic tool to have access for use for my High school Health Education classes. There were so many levels of discussion that was depicted from this work. I'm in hopes of gathering more content, to use a discussion pieces for future health class in my school and city." - Annie DeRoy Health Educator NYC
"I can say with confidence that both Svetlana's Journey and Cargo, Innocence Lost, are great training tools. I use Cargo, Innocence Lost, as a step by step training of how to provide effective and comprehensive services to the victim of human trafficking." Rohida Khan - Department of Homeland Security
“I don't even know what to say, aside of EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS FILM THE CONVERSATION! Because these are the types of conversations that don't happen enough, and people just move on - some walking away carrying trauma and some continue life being blissfully ignorant of the damage they cause to others. This is why it's VITAL that we invest in our personal development - from working on our emotional intelligence through learning about healthy relationships and sexuality, to the biases, blind spots, gendered perceptions of what's okay and what isn't and so much more. Leah Spasova - Psychologist & Sex and Relationships Educator LIFESEXPERTS
"I think the best thing that I saw was that it [Cargo: Innocence Lost ] portrayed how violent and how vile these acts are. The crime of human trafficking -- there's nothing sexy in sex trafficking and I think just keeping this elevated and keeping the attention on this is exactly what law enforcement needs and I appreciate your efforts. It was a great job." Robert Schoch- Special Agent in Charge (U.S. Department of Homeland Security I.C.E)
"I think Cargo was insightful and of beneficial to those working in the field of human trafficking. It was especially impactful for those who have never been exposed to the atrocities of this insidious crime that lives beneath our noses! The producer/director had a wealth of information about the subject matter...and it shows." Anne Dunn - Commission On Status of Women