The Sasha G.M. Shaikh Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe environment for women and girls, free from gender based violence including sex trafficking. Sex trafficking isn’t just happening in other parts of the world. Unfortunately, the problem is local as well. I was shocked to learn that in Chicago, where I live, 16,000 to 25,000 girls are trafficked per year. And, Toledo where I grew up, ranks 4th in the nation for sex trafficking. Please come out and support this play and encourage others who live in Chicago to do the same. I was fortunate to see the first play, SHADOW TOWN I, and it was eye-opening, riveting, and informative.
October 16 – November 23, 2014
Mary Kaplan Theatre, 5050 Church Street, Skokie, IL
Tickets – $35
SHADOW TOWN II: THE JOHNS is a play about men who buy young girls for sex. The performances focus on men who buy girls for sex in the Chicagoland area, the johns, who support the $32 billion dollar business of sex trafficking, making it the 2nd largest illegal business in the world, beating out weapons. All their expenditures goes into the pockets of the traffickers, tax free. Proceeds from the show will benefit The DREAMCATCHER FOUNDATION Drop-In Crisis Center for sex trafficked girls and women. For tickets, please go to: www.BrownPaperTickets.com
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Please join us for the second annual Sasha G.M. Shaikh Foundation Memorial Brunch to be held at the Athenaeum at CalTech in Pasadena, CA on Saturday, May 17th at 10:30AM. Friends and family will come together to remember Sasha, hear the accomplishments of the foundation in the past year, and raise funds for the empowerment and education of women and girls in an effort to end gender-based violence.
Last year’s brunch was attended by 65 guests and more than $20,000 was raised to support the launch of the foundation, the Sasha G.M. Shaikh Memorial Scholarship at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the Malala Fund. Forty girls in Pakistan will be the first to benefit from the Malala Fund. Each girl’s family will receive a monthly stipend, and the organization and the school will continue to work with the families and the community to highlight the importance of girls’ education.
I am pleased to announce we have selected the NOMI Network to be a recipient of funding this year. The NOMI Network provides job opportunities and wages to women who are survivors and at risk of human trafficking. They aid vulnerable girls by providing the resources they need to access economic stability and transform their dark pasts into brighter futures.
Please join us on May 17th as we remember Sasha and work towards ending gender-based violence towards all women and girls.