The I Stop Traffic Awareness Campaign is a project created by the non-profit organization, Artists United For Social Justice (A.U.S.J.) Founded by Michael Cory Davis in 2009. The mission of AUSJ is empower activists to create and distribute multimedia content that educates the public, particularly youth, about human rights violations and social injustices.
Prior to the creation of Artists United For Social Justice, (A.U.S.J.) Michael Cory Davis, wrote and directed the Hollywood Film Festival's 2005 Best Short, Svetlana's Journey, a film based on the true story of a young sex trafficking victim, Svetlana. Davis became involved in human trafficking issues while acting in a movie on location in Bulgaria and began volunteering with Face to Face Bulgaria an organization that works to educate children on the dangers of the sex trade.
Upon returning to the U.S., Davis kept in touch with the organization and received a letter about Svetlana. Moved by her story, Davis wrote the film in six hours, flew back to Bulgaria and shot the film in one week with non-English speaking Bulgarian actors.
Upon completion of Svetlana's Journey, Davis helped organize fundraising events that provided financial support to a number of orphanages. Davis prolonged his stay in Sofia and toured the country pre-screening Svetlana's Journey in 20 public schools and orphanages.
In 2005, Svetlana's Journey aired on Bulgarian national television to more than two millions viewers.
In addition to the Hollywood Film Festival, Svetlana's Journey won Best Short Subject honors at the 2005 HD Film Festival in Los Angeles. Davis was also honored with runner-up for Best Director. The film had a huge impact with Non-Government Organizations and government agencies like the FBI and I.C.E that used and continue to use Svetlana's Journey as a training tool in their departments. Svetlana's Journey has been screened at a number of events, sponsored by non-government organizations and human trafficking task forces throughout the world.
While screening Svetlana's Journey throughout the United States, Davis learned of the same atrocities happening within the country and decided to establish the Journey Film Group, a production company that creates socially themed content for the betterment of our world.
Cargo: Innocence Lost, a documentary on sex trafficking in America, was the first film released by Journey Film Group in 2007. The film has been certified by the Peace Officers Standards and Training and the Board of Behavioral Sciences for continuing education credit. Cargo: Innocence Lost has been used by more than 100 national and international organizations, churches, universities, and agencies to educate individuals on the reality of sex trafficking.
In 2007, Davis focused his attention on educating the public safety agencies and law enforcement officers who may be the first to respond or the first to come in contact with victims of trafficking. To meet this goal, Davis, joined forces with Ti Training Corporation, a supplier of law enforcement training material, creating a 20-minute training video designed to quickly train individuals on the issue of human trafficking, including the identifying signs to look for.
In March of 2008, Davis officially released Human Trafficking 101- The Presenter's Kit, to further continue the dissemination of information about human trafficking and create a portal way in which individuals and organizations can obtain the resources necessary to become abolitionists.
Davis, has appeared on a number of press outlets such as CNN, World News with Charles Gibson, KNBC, KTLA, KABC, and the Tyra Banks Show, as a subject matter expert.
Davis is the founder of Artists United For Social Justice and also serves on the advisory board for Artist for Human Rights, Global Angels, and Face to Face Bulgaria. Davis is an artist who took a detour and found a passion in advocating for the rights of those without a voice.
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