THREE GENERATIONS INC

Rating: 4.91 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Arts & Culture

Location: 352 7th Ave. Suite 1211 New York NY 10001 USA

Mission: 3 Generations works to end injustice and fulfill humanity’s potential.
Programs: In October 2010, 3 Generations announced the launch of a campaign to end child sex slavery in the United States. Every year approximately 100,000 children in the United States, many of them very young girls, are enslaved in the commercial sex trade industry. We have filmed and shared stories of survivors, parents, law enforcement professionals, and individuals who lead advocacy efforts to address this crisis. We have shared our stories with thousands of viewers and have amassed an active and growing following of advocates, activists, and donors through our website (www.3generations.org) and through our social media networks (@3Generations on Twitter and www.facebook.com/3Generations). The campaign has already secured the support of noted celebrities, lawmakers, nonprofit leaders, philanthropists, and dozens of organizations that are doing incredible work on the ground to end child sex slavery. To date we have partnered with organizations such as the Polaris Project, the Demi and Ashton Foundation (DNA Foundation), Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), the Denver Police, Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, The National Crittenton Foundation, and Witness. Additional partners—all of whom will share our films and message with their constituents—will join us in the weeks and months ahead. On December 2, 2010 the trailer to our campaign, entitled I’m a Victim, Not a Criminal - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbiXdohJ5H8, premiered in Boston at the BITHAR Human Rights and Sex Trafficking film forum, where our founder Jane Wells moderated a panel discussion devoted to the topic.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The incredible thing about 3 Generations is their unique ability to raise awareness of human rights abuse and remind us that we are all a part of the human race. The stories are captured and shared in such a way that each survivor personally affects each viewer. Their stories are no longer past memories watched on a screen, but rather a relevant part of our everyday lives. We are unable to continue living in blissful ignorance. Instead we are compelled to watch more stories, share them with our friends, and do something to become part of the solution.

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I used to ignore all of the bad things going on in the world because I thought they did not pertain to my life. After seeing just one video on the 3 Generations’ website, I was changed forever. I now watch survivor stories regularly and help raise awareness of human rights abuse.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their resources so they could share more stories.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jane Wells, the founder of 3 Generations, is a woman of compassion, conscience, insight and integrity who is deeply committed to making this a more just and humane world. In 2005 we went together to Darfuri refugee camps in Eastern Chad. She was deeply moved to tell the personal story of the Dafruri refugee which led to her producing the powerful film, The Devil Came on Horseback. 3 Generations brings the compelling stories of the victims of genocide, war and sex-slavery as well other major atrocities to life in creative and inspiring videos. I am proud to serve on the Board of an organization that is doing effective, strategic work in promoting human dignity and rights.

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Seeing the influence 3G has had on raising awareness about sex-slaves here in the US as well as sharing the personal narratives of the people around the world who have been hurt by our inhumanity to each other.

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This organization has great potential and is need of much more support. The work of 3G is desperately needed.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Seeing the videos and reading the stories of individuals brings to life the reality and brutality of war for a vast number of people. Individuals can survive, with incredible hope, however they carry untold scars. The powerful message of the work of 3Generations is that If we don't speak out, we can't challenge these atrocities, and suffering continues through generations. What a waste.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Heightened awareness of the current situation in the Sudan and Rwanda

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing at present

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Rating: 5 stars  

From revealing the atrocities of the genocide in Darfur to spreading the truth about Chinese oppression in Tibet, 3Generations shares with the public the stories of those who survive the world's worst crimes against humanity. Using survivors' own testimony to explain abuses, 3Generations is able to both spread their story, and to help victims heal through sharing. By spreading awareness using real stories of human rights abuses, 3Generations is able to connect with the public on a more visceral level. In doing so, 3Generations seeks to raise awareness, and call to action those who become moved by the stories of survivors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my travels to Rwanda where I spoke with President Kagame and his cabinet about genocide and its after effects. I also interviewed survivors of genocide and recognized the importance of sharing not just second-hand information about their experiences, but their stories in their own words.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it bigger, expand its reach.

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Rating: 5 stars  

What links a survivor of the Armenian Genocide that took place a century ago with a barely teenage victim of sex abuse being pimped on the streets of the US?

The answer is 3Generations.org.

A deeply committed and innovative not-for-profit that is using the internet and digital video to record the personal stories of victims in their own words. Bearing witness to the suffering and exploitation of others is an act of deep respect and humanity through which we can all share and grow. If we are also motivated to act and try and achieve change in our troubled world, so much the better.

the first thing you can do is support this organisation and spread the word.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have met survivors of the Darfur genocide who have shared their stories through 3Gen, and seen how the simple experience of being heard can become part of their recovery.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its size!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was lucky to have the opportunity to work with the 3generations crew regarding my experience under pimp control for two years! I was impressed by their knowledge and understanding of human trafficking and their treatment of me as an everyday person, not just a survivor! They made me feel at home so I could relay my story in a candid and personal way. The final outcome from my interview is exceptional and completely retains my message. The 3G team supports me in many aspects, following the interview and it isrefreshing to see that they were not just interested in my story, they were interested in me! I really appreciate having them behind me and they are a great organization doing some great work for a huge issue! Keep it up 3G!

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New jersey

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more resources so they can get their knowledge and stories more widespread!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Telling people's stories is the most powerful way to connect us all.
Stories make the unimaginable real. They remind us of our common humanity. 3 Generations was founded to do this and to do this in a respectful and non-manipulative manner. All survivors of crimes against humanity deserve to tell their stories and be heard. That is what 3 Generations does: thus helping heal the teller and informing the listener.

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By listening to survivors of crimes against humanity and helping sharing their stories I have been humbled and also seen that the process really helps the teller in ways they previously couldn't imagine.

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I would like to see more people listen to the stories on the 3 Generations site....

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 Generations has taken an original approach to the problem of child trafficking in two ways. One, it has focused on underage girls in the United States. Two, it makes concise documentary films of the girls describing their experiences; how they were captured, what their lives were like and how they escaped. The films are not fantasy or titillation. They are a frank look at a horrendous crime. No other medium could convey these girls' experience as well.

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I have watched the films and seen the effect they have on others.

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I would try and make sure these short documentary films were seen by as many people as possible. There should be links to them on every news site on the web.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

3 Generations has carved out a unique and much needed space in addressing human rights abuses: making personal such large scale and unimaginably horrifying abuses such as genocide and child sex slavery so that the broader public can understand them on an individual level. People respond to stories, not statistics, and the challenge many issues face is that the problems seem too vast for individuals new to a cause to understand and care enough about it to act. 3 Generations does a tremendous service to the sector by telling individual stories in a compelling yet not sensationalized way, that honors the individuals profiled while making clear the devastation they represent. Creating this content would have been enough, particularly with the easy to share tools embedded in each video, but with 3 Generation's latest campaign against child sex slavery, they have given us the tools we need to not only care but to act, in a very accessible and clear way. Human rights issues are complex, but to rally broad public support we in this field need to do a better job of helping making complex issues more accessible and actionable. 3 Generations does just that. Kudos to 3 Generations for their work to expose genocide and for taking on the little known issue of child sex slavery in the U.S. They are an organization truly worthy of our support and I hope they will continue to tell stories that help people understand and care about these tragic issues.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Posting stories to my Facebook and getting reactions from individuals who had no understanding of the issue - particularly for their child sex slavery campaign.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fund more stories from child survivors.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am honored to be on the board of Three Generations because the films they produce and curate are incredibly powerful, and provide survivors of human rights abuses the opportunity to tell their stories in their own words, with dignity and humanity. If these survivors have the courage to speak out, we must have the courage to hear them, and to act - I support 3G because they take on tough issues like child sex slavery, and because I believe the stories that result move audiences to act. I hope others get involved - watch the videos, share them with your networks, and support the storytelling work of 3G.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

going to Cambodia to hear stories from survivors of the Khmer Rouge, and sharing their stories with the world through the Three Generations web site.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow its network of supporters!

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