Every year it happens to thousands of families in our nation alone. It happens every day, and most people think it could never happen to them, or that kind of thing doesn’t happen in the United States. Sadly, it’s not restricted to third world countries. It never has been. I should know; it happened to me. My name is Amanda and I’m the founder of Redheads Unite! I’m also a former victim of human trafficking.
I noticed the lack of support for redheads at an early age with the bullying that took place in school. After my escape from my kidnapper, I also realized that redheads draw a premium price on the black market. Since that lucky escape, I’ve been determined to find a way to save as many others as possible from that same fate.
Attendees plan to fly in from all over the world to participate, but the majority of attendees will come from the state of Colorado. The event is centered on redheads, (as we draw a premium price on the black market – we’re rare and considered exotic in certain parts of the world) but is not limited to a hair pigment. Many redheads and their families across the nation have already planned vacations around this event in order to support the cause and raise awareness. The goal of the organization is to show the redhead kids who have been victims of bullying that they have live support, but also to save approximately 100 human trafficking victims for each of the 6 victims that were left behind when I escaped. Some people have told me that it’s an impossible task, but once completed, I plan to achieve many more such ‘impossible’ goals with future events in additional states in the years to come.
We are actively looking for more photographers who would like to help us with the group and individual portrait photography. Of course it’s all going to charity and we can’t afford to pay, but we can CERTAINLY afford to advertise. The photographers who are going to be helping with the project will get all kinds of recognition for the work. If the photos are approved for use, they would be gathered into a collection and published in a book that would help us to build future events that would help rescue more children from Human Trafficking. Each volunteering photographer whose photos are used will have an entire chapter of the book dedicated to their photos as well as an approved bio and information on how to contact the photographer in order to purchase prints or book a photo shoot with the featured photographer. Each photographer will have a link on the website RedheadsUnite.org under our list of sponsors to their own photography websites.
We are not looking for hair and makeup experts or immaculate perfection that comes from a high fashion photo shoot. We simply want people smiling, laughing, talking, enjoying their time – all redheads. All real people. All of them just wanting to be a part of something important. What we really want are photos of real people being real people – natural redheads in a natural environment. This project will have far more of a Yearbook feel to it. The photos would be used for social media to draw more interest to the event. All these people want to be a part of the project. They want to save lives. They want to be heroes.
Thanks to social media, word of mouth and WPPI, we've successfully been able to recruit over 100 volunteers for The Book Project. Watch the calendar closely for a shoot near you, and sign up to contribute to the Project!
Currently we have a number of Denver and Boulder photographers. We do need photographers outside of Denver! Please contact us if you are near or are willing to do a photo shoot in the following cities:
We are currently accepting photographers from all over the world. Our list of contributing photographers have signed up from the following states:
We are currently accepting photographers from all over the world. Our list of contributing photographers have signed up from the following countries:
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