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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Environment, Environmental Education, Film & Video

Mission: 3 Generations is a non-profit organization that documents stories of human rights abuses through film. We enable survivors of crimes against humanity to record their experiences as an act of healing, a call to action and to create historical evidence. We amplify and honor each witness’s voice by creating broad audiences: film festivals, educational outreach, theatrical and community screenings, social media, partnerships, web-channels and more. Our goal is to influence the national dialogue and build momentum for social change.

Results: We have produced 6 feature documentaries, 9 short documentaries and over 75 videos. Our campaigns address genocide, sex trafficking, ecocide and environmental degradation, Native American rights, veteran rights, transgender rights, refugee rights and crimes against humanity. Our films and campaigns have been honored with scores of awards and accolades. in 2018 we celebrate our 10th Anniversary of fighting crimes against humanity through story-telling.

Target demographics: survivors of atrocities and crimes against humanity share their stories.

Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of thousands of people, by raising awareness about atrocities and crimes against humanity reaching audiences in the millions via scores of film festivals, streaming services including Netflix and Amazon, on social media outlets, in schools and universities across the globe.

Geographic areas served: the United States and around the world

Programs: 3 Generations is a non-profit organization that documents stories of human rights abuses through film. We enable survivors of crimes against humanity to record their experiences as an act of healing, a call to action and to create historical evidence. We amplify and honor each witness’s voice by creating broad audiences: film festivals, educational outreach, theatrical and community screenings, social media, partnerships, web-channels and more. Our goal is to influence the national dialogue and build momentum for social change. By sharing these stories broadly, 3 Generations Explores survival and resilience Amplifies and honors survivors’ collective voice Builds an avenue for the world to listen and learn from their experiences Shifts how we confront geopolitical forces causing violence and oppression

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The organization continues to grow and bring attention to critical human rights issues. They continue to expand their reach to film festivals, universities and schools, theatrical and community screenings, and social media. I love being a board member and am so proud to be part of the organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

3 Generations had an incredible year in 2017 - they released three social justice feature films [A Different American Dream, A System of Justice, and Lost in Lebanon] and will be pre-screening the fourth [Pot Luck: The Altered State of Colorado] at their 10th Anniversary celebration in September 2018. I've supported the organization over the years and for the past couple have proudly served as a board member. I look forward to continuing to help 3 Generations with their important work of telling stories and demanding change.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

3 Generations does the important work of ensuring that human rights issues remain at the forefront of non-fiction video storytelling. Today, 75 years after the end of the Holocaust, with liberal democracy threatened around the world, and fake news on the ascent, it's vital that survivors of genocide, ecocide, human trafficking, and other abuses continue to have their voices heard. More than ever, 3 Generations is needed in today's world.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

3 Generations is a vital organization whose commitment to human rights is evident in all of its actions and its films. As a filmmaker, I believe that documenting people's stories is essential to helping to identify abuses no matter where they occur or who perpetrates them. 3 Generations has never shied away from tacking the most pressing issues of our day, whether genocides, climate assault or human trafficking.

Now more than ever, the world needs truth tellers like 3 Generations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

3 Generations is run by an amazing group of people focused on creating documentaries that further the detailed conversations around human rights abuses around the world. In a day where media consumption is at an all time high, utilizing film is one of the most powerful ways to reach the widest audience and promote education on issues that are unfortunately hidden from common knowledge. I fully support their cause and continuation as an integral piece of raising public awareness and driving change for the many unthinkable issues we face globally.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

3 Generations shares important, riveting stories about social justice and human rights issues.
Their storytelling is unbiased and informative which is rare these days.

Cyprian F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love everything about 3 Generations and the topics they stand for. Also how they weave it in so nicely through visual storytelling. Keep spreading the word!

Donor

Rating: 5

Driven by their impassioned and relentless pursuit to share the stories of the voiceless... 3 Generations is a critical driving force in human rights advocacy and awareness. Their films, leadership (Jane Wells), and mission are an inspiration to be followed.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

3 Generations mission is more important now than ever. Social justice comes in many forms and sharing peoples stories powerfully affects change in today's digital world. 3 Generation does an outstanding job finding and telling important stories that make our world a better and more just place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I originally found this nonprofit on the Great Nonprofits site, and I am so glad that I did. I interned with 3 Generations over the 2019 summer and had an incredible experience. Not only did I learn a great deal about making documentaries, but I also learned more about conducting business in the realm of social justice. 3 Generations full-time employees are truly dedicated to documenting human rights abuses and other contemporary issues. Their passion was very apparent in the workplace. Being immersed in that environment was extremely inspirational to me. I am also very thankful for the amount of respect given to interns at 3 Generations. I was able to complete many projects during my summer and even pitch new ideas. This hands-on experience, along with the feedback I received along the way, will be extremely valuable for jobs that I'll hold in the future.

Adam D.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported 3 Generations for many years--inspired by the work of its gifted leader, Jane Wells, who in her personal leadership, vision and determination has brought to life the stories of many forgotten and marginalized people. Story telling is the most direct and compelling way to find human connection and stories told by the talented and dedicated team at 3 Generations move us to become more socially empathetic which is, afterall, the moral glue that hold us together in this fragile contemporary world. Adam Dolle

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organisation taking on challenging work. It’s so important that the voices of the marginalised are heard, and their stories told. 3G puts some really serious issues in the spotlight, and reminds us that we have to struggle towards a world where genocidal behaviour, war atrocities and man-made environmental disasters can be a thing of the past, not forgotten but never repeated.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

3 Generations is a fantastic non-profit that documents grave and harrowing stories of human and environmental rights abuses, and social justice issues. The fact that they are able to do this invaluable and important work with a small but mighty team is very impressive and speaks to their dedication and professionalism.

Delilah W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

3 Generations has, for over a decade, been committed to documenting first person accounts of human rights. Through the joint participation between courageous subjects and dedicated filmmakers, 3 Generations thoughtfully proves a kind of database oral histories. These records, experiences, accounts, are invaluable in what they can teach us about history so that we may truly try to improve upon it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

3 Generations is a brilliant organization committed to the difficult and important work of amplifying the voices of survivors. The work they have done over the past eleven years–work which they continue to do–is invaluable.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

s Holgate
Board member and Donor
3 Generations takes on the most important at social issues of our time and shares thestories of those that need to be heard, but often are overlooked. 3G bravely approaches projects and brings thoughtful insight to the biggest challenges we face on this planet. I am proud to be involved with this well run and outstanding not profit..

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

3 Generations is a thoughtful and high integrity organization. The work they do is extremely educational and eye-opening.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former employee, I say without a doubt that 3 Generations is a nonprofit like any other. 3G is truly a hybrid organization. Jane puts the people and their stories at the center of the work. Unlike many, 3G puts the focus on the film subjects and their truths, and not how someone else would like to tell or view the story. Not only then does 3G raises awareness around social issues, especially ones that are brushed aside, but it also serves as a place of healing for the subjects themselves. And this sentiment doesn't go away once filming is over; if anything, it only increases. 3G maintains relationships with all of its subjects and asks how to better help them in raising awareness. In addition to its role as an advocacy organization, 3G makes films that tell beautiful, balanced, and passionate stories. I cannot rave enough!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've known 3G and its staff for a year now and it was one of the most, if not the most, hard working group of people out there. It's a tight knit group of people whose mission really is to give the marginalized people out there a voice. Not only is everyone always working to further that goal, but everyone is truly passionate about it; it comes out in the films and video testimonies. Everything that comes out of 3G really works to illuminate the circumstances of issues and people that are often forgotten in the U.S. While people often talk about the generalities of poverty or genocide, 3G shows you those very people it affects and gives these stories a face.

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Donor

Rating: 5

3 Generations is a brave and courageous organization. They take on social issues that others shy away from. I am proud to be a supporter of this outstanding nonprofit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Terrific champions of those causes that don't get high profile attention. Love this non-profit.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an empowering, inspiring grass roots not-for-profit led by Jane Wells, a serious documentarian with a true "give back" sensibility. If you are looking for integrity, you have come to the right place. Look no further.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was moved to contact 3Generations after seeing one of their films, which moved me so much that I knew I needed to act. That is the power of the work that 3G does. By remaining small-staffed and nimble, they are able to focus their resources toward their mission of making stories that tell urgent stories in a way that fundamentally moves audiences and connects them to issues that need our attention. In a cultural and media environment that is saturated with stories, 3G takes the TIME to work with survivors in a way that respects and honors their stories, and tells stories that reflect the complexity of the issues they deal with. This is a massively important contribution to a landscape of story where too often people are reduced to soundbites and stories are compressed to headlines.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

awells22

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Three Generations since its inception ten years ago. To see the evolution of this organization from its earliest days to the present is to see an incredible story of growth and progress. That growth and progress has allowed survivors of atrocities and other abuses to have a platform, to share their experiences, and to raise awareness of the injustices they have faced. Their stories would not be available to us without Three Generations, and the high quality content, both short and long form, that they have executed for a decade to greater and greater effect. I could not not be more proud of this organization, and wish only I could share it with more people.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

3generations dedication to the truth and approaching the subject matter ethically and compassionately is exactly what we need in the current political climate. Keep up the good work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

3 Generations tells the stories that would otherwise never be told; the stories that are difficult to hear but so important for all of us to know. We need more organizations like 3 Generations to bring the critical issues of today to the forefront.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

3 Generations makes the underserved, underrepresented and victims of unfathomable human rights abuses their sole concern and focus. They give a voice to these people and makes them the spokespeople of the organization. The films that 3 G produces shows populations that are normally forgotten and brings their stories to the masses. I cannot say enough about the amazing work and impact that 3 Generations has.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Three Generations is an extraordinary nonprofit with goals that far exceed any in the documentary film arena. Giving voices to those who would otherwise not have one, esp. victims of unfathomable circumstances is an incredible outlet for the individuals and themes themselves but for ensuring their stories ripple through to society to help us all be more understanding, empathetic, and most importantly AWARE!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a true agent of change in the world, Three Generations demands us to be educated in human rights abuse and inspires us to act. Not only do they provide a platform for victims of injustice to tell their stories, but they also act as a catalyst to help victims heal. Their work has never been as important as it is today.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

im such a huge fan of 3 generations and all the work they do. a wonderful organization that gives a voice to the voiceless.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Three Generations has amazed me with their dedication to sharing the stories of survivors. Their films are moving, and have helped me understands what different individuals have undergone and allowed them to have the voice they otherwise might not have. thank you three generations!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw "Lost in Lebanon" at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and the film truly opened my eyes to the humanity within the Syrian refugee crisis. One of the refugees was sponsored to get out of Lebanon after his story was seen. As part of the screening, there was a Q&A with a representative of the United Nations. This company is clearly making real changes in public policy and in the way society views social injustices.

Biron B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The people at three generations possess something that is missing in modern American society. A sense of empathy, and a sense of responsibility toward others. I have immensely enjoyed all the time I have spent with them. They are dedicated People with huge hearts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just recently watched "Tricked" on Netflix, and it opened my eyes to how sex trafficking is a crime committed in our own backyards that the public is often ignorant to. It made me want to look into other films from 3 Generations and see what social issues they bring to light.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to the screening of 3 Generations film "Lost in Lebanon" at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in June and I was extremely impressed with how they told the stories of Syrian Refugees. Looking forward to seeing more of there films in the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow 3 Generations on facebook and I love how they challenge the status quo and continue to highlight important news about extremely important topics like the oppression of Native Americans rights and genocide that continues to happen every day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

3 Generations' mission is unlike most other non-profits, but the act of sharing stories through film is incredibly rewarding. The organization is incredibly driven to find new stories and topics to help raise awareness and take action to fight against abuses. Three Generations' work is vital to ameliorating human rights abuses, and I hope their excellent work continues far into the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have voluteered for 3 Generations so I am very familiar with this organization. They truly advocate for the truth and serve to give voice to the voiceless. Through this organization, I learned a great deal about a variety of issues effecting our world today. They have helped bring light to the stories of some of the 20 million victims of sex trafficking worldwide through their feature, Tricked (available on Netflix) as well as content on their site. They have brought about environmental awareness and activism through content on the melting glaciers of Greenland and Standing with Standing Rock as well as their most recent feature, A Different American Dream. They bring attention to human rights issues and violations, most recently in collaboration with the Scott Sisters on their feature documentary on Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, Lost in Lebanon. Its also very important to mention, they have been instumental in bringing one of the seminal documentaries on the Holocaust to North America, with their distribution of German Concentration Camps Factual Survey. In these dark times, the world needs more organizations like 3 Generations, dedicated to social awareness and justice.

Donor

Rating: 5

They make such compelling films! They have helped raised awareness about important causes using film as an engaging medium. Keep it up!

Former staff

Rating: 5

3 Generations does a tremendous job using the power of film to give survivors a voice and ensure survivors of human rights abuses have their stories heard. Not only does 3 Generations successfully bring these stories to light, they are also thought leaders within the community working to enact real positive changes in the world around them.

I had the fortune and pleasure to work with the 3 Generations team, and after all my experiences with this organization I can proudly say they are a nonprofit that truly loves the work they do and deserves support.

Donor

Rating: 5

Recently went to the NY International Shorts Film Fest and saw their film A System Of Justice. Loved the film, as heartbreaking as it was.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization does the crucial work of opening up spaces of healing and dialogue, humanizing survivors of atrocity, and through the power of storytelling. Few other organizations have been able to tie together the universal story of survival in the way that 3G has done and continues to do, and tie that to action on behalf of and with survivors.

Donor

Rating: 5

Incredible organization run by wonderful people! Can't wait to see A Different American Dream!

Donor

Rating: 5

Could not speak too highly of this organisation. Using video and film to highlight Human Rights abuses going back a hundred years. From the Armenian genocide at the beginning of the last century, to their current work on what is happening at this very moment in Syria, Africa, North Dakota and elsewhere, 3g brings public awareness to a wide range of subjects that do not have enough publicity. It does so by focusing on individual stories of men and women, young and old, just like you and me. Direct, personal accounts that bare witness to issues that affect us all. I am proud to be a donor.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I continued to be moved by the quality and depth of the documentary making of 3 generations. This is an organisation that does not shy away from communicating harsh facts and distressing realities on behalf of marginalised communities in our society. This form of witness is crucial to engage potential, provoke discussion and enact change.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen the charity work for 5 years, in which time it has produced 2 documentaries. Both have been distributed, won awards and achieved way beyond the expectations of a professional film production company. In addition 3G uses the films as powerful springboards for high profile awareness campaigns of human rights abuses both in the USA and abroad. It has a powerful reach that belies its size and funding.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

3 Generations is a terrific organization which uses the power of film to shed light on various human rights abuses. 3 Generations works diligently to ensure that various human rights abuses are given the attention they deserve. 3 Generations looks to impact the conversation with its powerful films and personal stories. Truly an inspirational organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

3 Generations is a truly unique and inspired organization that harnesses the power of film to help influence the national dialogue about 21st century human right abuses. By carefully and respectfully empowering survivors to be filmed, the 3G team tirelessly reminds us about all kinds of people who suffer abuse at the hands of others – their powerful, personal stories are recorded as a lesson for the present and a record for the future. 3G designs engagement campaigns for both its features and short films to extend the reach of their stories to audiences everywhere. That's how you change the conversation. That's the success of 3 Generations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Three Generations is doing invaluable work documenting and sharing the stories of survivors, whether they are victims of genocide, human trafficking, or veterans returning from war. The work 3G does is smart, informed, and has an impact, not only in attracting audiences to important causes, but in successfully changing minds and opening hearts. I've been privileged to work alongside the 3G team over the years, and can say with confidence that they are doing critically important work that can and should be seen and shared by people the world over.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I first encountered the work of 3 Generations when screening their film 'Tricked' at a festival I was running at University. I then had the great pleasure of interning for them earlier this year and becoming more closely acquainted with their amazing work. The platform they provide for survivors of atrocity to share their stories is a vital tool for raising awareness of various human rights abuses.

Juliet W.

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is doing majorly amazing things! They are giving a voice to people who have had theirs taken away. Keep up the good work!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do great work and are working on several projects that no one else is focusing on right now. Happy to support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Three Generations is a unique entity--their dedication to improving awareness for so many social injustices is unwavering and so badly needed in the world today. I am inspired by their creative projects and the commitment they have to social justice. I am eager to see what films they release next and will continue to support them however I can.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned about 3 Generations at the screening of German Concentration Camps Factual Survey at the Museum of Jewish Heritage this past spring. The story behind German Concentration Camps Factual Survey was fascinating but more interesting to me, was the work Ms. Wells is doing with 3 Generations in continuing her father's legacy of documenting the stories of survivors. From what I've seen, 3 Generations preserves the stories and honors the voices of survivors in a way that to me, seems rare these days. I look forward to seeing more from Ms. Wells and 3 Generations in the future.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.