Division 35 Produces Its First Film

By Michelle Contreras

It is a crime that should have ended with the abolition of slavery, but it continues to happen. We imagine that human trafficking is happening in the poor towns of developing countries with limited opportunities. And it is, but it is also happening in the United States of America. Women and young girls are being lured, enticed, and kidnapped to be forced into prostitution and labor without pay. As a direct response to join in the fight against trafficking, Division 35 is pleased to announce the first showing of The Psychology of Human Trafficking, a film developed, directed and produced by the division’s Task Force on the Feminist Perspectives of the Trafficking of Women.

It is the first film produced by the Society for the Psychology of Women and constitutes a powerful review of the crime of trafficking and how it is affecting young women and girls. The Division is the Executive Producer for the film, while Michelle Contreras and Thema Bryant-Davis served as the Producers and feminist filmmaker Frances DeLoach is the Director. Through the voices of survivors and psychologists involved in researching and treating survivors of trafficking, viewers will learn about the definitions, prevalence, effects, risk factors and issues related to counseling this population.

The film will also touch upon domestic and international trends of trafficking and offer ideas on how everyone can help to work against this crime. The film premiered at the American Psychological Association Convention as a part of the Divisional Suite Programming. In September the film will be featured at the Institute for Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Annual Conference in San Diego. After the American Psychological Association Convention this month the film will be available for free viewing on-line and a discussion guide is currently being developed.

The Psychology of Modern Day Slavery