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Human Trafficking

Represent Resilience

Learning from Yesterday, Building a Stronger Tomorrow

Submission Period

The submission period for the art initiative is now closed.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which recognized the importance of holding traffickers criminally accountable, protecting victims, and preventing victimization from occurring in the first place.

The Office for Victims of Crime leads the Department of Justice’s response efforts to combat human trafficking and provides the most federal funding to those on the frontlines. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary, the Office for Victims of Crime is launching this art initiative—Represent Resilience—to feature original artwork by survivors, advocates, and anti-trafficking professionals across the country.

This art initiative provides a unique opportunity to recognize the great strides that have been taken since the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was passed; to envision efforts needed over the next 20 years to address human trafficking and its complexities; and to celebrate the continued resilience of trafficking survivors, reflect on the lessons learned collectively, and visualize the collaborative progression of the anti-trafficking field. 

Art submissions will be reviewed by a survivor-led team of subject matter experts from the anti-trafficking field and select pieces will be chosen by the Office for Victims of Crime for a virtual display on ovc.ojp.gov, beginning in October 2020. The gallery will be promoted throughout the anti-trafficking community, as well as through the more comprehensive crime victim services field, via a range of communications and social media platforms.

The Office for Victims of Crime also anticipates displaying select artwork (with attributions) at the 2020 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in October 2020.

Submission Categories:

Participants—individuals or a group/collective—may only submit one original piece of artwork and that piece must address one or more of the questions associated with one of the categories identified below.

  • Advancing the Field: Consider how the anti-trafficking movement has changed and shifted over the last 20 years. Is the field moving forward? Are services and responses becoming more survivor-empowered and trauma-informed? Are services and responses more comprehensive on the community level?
  • Invisible/Visible: Consider seen/unseen individuals and perspectives in the anti-trafficking movement. How can lived experience and diverse expertise be elevated? How/where do you see yourself in the anti-trafficking movement? What remains unseen?
  • Breaking Barriers: Consider how to foster systemic change within the anti-trafficking field. How can we decrease re-victimization and re-traumatization? What barriers do survivors face and how can we work towards removing them to set up individuals for success? What are innovative approaches to breaking barriers facing other stakeholders?
  • Transformation: Consider personal and/or professional transformations. Examples may include survivor to advocate, organizations working toward being trauma-informed and survivor-centered, and multidisciplinary teams coming together to change practices and elevate marginalized voices.
  • Intersections: Consider intersections with other issues and movements, such as children’s issues, labor rights, the housing and homelessness fields, and others. What has the anti-trafficking field learned from these other fields?  


A survivor-led team of subject matter experts from the anti-trafficking field, who are also experienced artists, will review the pieces and submit recommendations to the Office for Victims of Crime. The Office for Victims of Crime will make the final selection of pieces to display on ovc.ojp.gov. All notifications will be made by Wednesday, September 23, 2020. 


As of September 24, 2020, notifications have not been made. The review process continues and we will notify all artists as soon as possible.




Artists whose work is selected for inclusion in the Represent Resilience: Learning from Yesterday, Building a Stronger Tomorrow gallery will be recognized with—   

  • An award certificate.
  • Formal declaration/notification of selected artists from OJP Leadership.
  • A virtual artwork spotlight after the selection.
  • Selected artists will be recognized in a press release distributed nationally.
  • Selected artwork will be featured on the OVC website and in Facebook and Twitter posts from OVC.
Date Created: August 20, 2020