Artist to Put a Face on Modern-Day Slavery

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New York Artist Jeremy Penn to Paint Portraits of Survivors of Human Trafficking as Part of First-Ever Freedom Week

New York City native and award-winning artist Jeremy Penn was recently chosen as the feature artist for New York City's first-ever Freedom Week, an effort to heighten awareness about human slavery both in the United States and abroad. In his official role, Penn will paint portraits of war-child-turned-hip-hop-artist Emmanuel Jal as well as those of several young women who were rescued from lives of forced prostitution.

"When selecting subjects for a portrait, I look for a powerful image that tells a story. It is an honor to be given the responsibility of telling these stories through my art," said Penn of the selection.

Joining the likes of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof, Jal and many more, Penn will focus on raising awareness through his artwork. He is known for his unique portraits of pop-icons such as the Dali Lama, Ashley Olson and model Kate Moss. "This project was a chance to step out of the world of famous subjects and into harsh realities of modern day slavery," Penn added.

The exhibition titled "Rescued: Portraits of Survivors" will be held at NYU's Kimmel Center on September 24 between 11am-3pm. Other Freedom Week events include readings, spoken word performances, photography exhibits, a march, documentaries and more.

Freedom Week is a coalition of abolitionists working to raise awareness about the 27 million people currently enslaved and/or trafficked in the United States and abroad. The goal is to fight modern-day slavery by inspiring action and providing opportunities for advocacy. Contemporary slavery can be abolished. It begins with one person investing in freedom. For more information, please visit and


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