“Stopping Traffic” Talk
Wednesday, Dec. 15, 6 – 7 p.m.
The community is invited to join Junior League of New Orleans in watching and discussing, “Stopping Traffic,” an inspiring documentary featuring heroes of the anti-sex-trafficking movement and bringing light to their efforts to raise awareness and provide solutions. Registrants should watch the film for free through Pluto TV or another online streaming service prior to the talk on Dec. 15. Participating in the online talk is Eden House founder and CEO, Kara Van de Carr, and moderator, Susan Dold, Systems Administrator for Truckers Against Trafficking. Additional speakers to be announced.
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“STOPPING TRAFFIC” PANELISTS
Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, Director of “Stopping Traffic”
Sadhvi Siddhali Shree is the first North American Jain female-monk, a U.S. Army Iraq-war veteran, an international and TEDx speaker, author, activist, and an award-winning filmmaker. Her first documentary is STOPPING TRAFFIC: The Movement to End Sex Trafficking (2017) and her second documentary is SURVIVING SEX TRAFFICKING, which will be released in March 2022. Driven by her deep-seated devotion to humanity, she uses her talents and skills to raise awareness about violence in the world and ways to change it. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from California State University, Long Beach and a background in web development, marketing, video production, and book publishing, she has helped spread the teachings of her spiritual mentor, Acharya Shree Yogeesh, which has touched and transformed millions of lives. She serves as the Spiritual Director of Siddhayatan Tirth & Spiritual Retreat based near Dallas, Texas and is executive director of Stopping Traffic, a non-profit organization which supports survivors of sex trafficking. Sadhvi Siddhali Shree is passionate about social movements that focus on non-violence, human rights, gender equality, and anti-trafficking.
Kara Van de Carr, Founder and Executive Director of Eden House
Kara Van de Carr is an attorney and former United States Diplomat responsible for writing the Trafficking in Persons Report for the country of Jamaica. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Eden House. Recognizing the prevalence of human trafficking both internationally and in the United States, Kara worked with Representative Neal Abramson to draft legislation for Louisiana that would better protect children who are trafficked into the sex trade. In addition to fighting this modern-day slavery through legislation, Kara and the Board of Directors of Eden House understand that our society must offer those who have been victimized solutions for healing. She travels extensively, speaking on the issues of human trafficking and recovery, as well as assisting organizations that hope to establish similar residences throughout the country. Kara received her B.A. from UC Berkeley, her J.D. from Tulane Law, and LL.M. from Georgetown Law School in International Law.
Susan Dold, Systems Administrator for Truckers Against Trafficking
Susan Dold is the Systems Administrator for Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). In this role she is the bookkeeper, the HR manager, helps to manage the Freedom Drivers Project and equips companies to educate their staff to combat human trafficking. She has been involved in the anti trafficking realm for over 10 years. Susan co-founded a local non-profit in Denver, helped start a recovery house and is passionate about educating people on the realities of domestic sex trafficking. She loves hiking, skiing, cooking and good conversation.