In the Words of Our Partners


We believe in our safehouse that healing from the trauma of trafficking is an organic process requiring finding ways for our survivors to reconnect within.  The Arts, Music and Dance that Crossing Point Arts brings to our house in a thoughtful and caring way has become an important component of how hope is weaved back into our survivors 'lives . Crossing Point Arts provides us with wonderful moments of experiencing being fully present emotionally and physically as well as connected to each other.   We have danced with West African songs,  experienced the  vibrational power of our own voices, played world instruments, sang together and painted a shared painting.  In these experiences of rhythms , synchronicity and collaboration we combat the alienation and numbness of trafficking trauma.  We are very grateful to the artists that share their talents with us helping us create a collection of positive sensory memories for our survivor​.​
 

Cristina Kartheiser, LMSW

~ Lifeway Network

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The work of CPA cannot be underscored enough. Instinctively, we know that music and other forms of the arts is a universal language that can transcend cultural, political, and other boundaries. And although there is increasing neuroscience evidence that music can have positive influences on psychological trauma, we do not yet have a firm grasp of understanding how specific art-based techniques can help survivors of trauma heal. That is why I am humbled and excited to collaborate with organizations like Crossing Point Arts to utilize public health science to document and understand how the arts can be used to alleviate the effects of trauma among the survivors​.
 

​Phuong Thao Le, PhD - Researcher

NYU School of Glo​​bal Public Health​

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Crossing Point Arts began its alliance with EMPOWER Gyn in October 2015 when they came to teach music workshops at the EMPOWER Clinic, the clinic I founded to provide Ob/Gyn and psychiatric care to survivors of sex trafficking and sexual violence at Gouverneur Health, an affiliate of Bellevue Hospital and part of New York Health and Hospitals, the public hospital system of New York City.


When weekly workshops were launched at our clinic we began to receive wonderful responses from patients, which were clear indications that the approach of the participatory music sessions were helping my patients deal with anxiety, stress, PTSD and depression. My patients reported that they were having greater success navigating difficult emotional terrain (associated with their PTSD). I was thrilled.

My patients who have attended the workshops report a sense of serenity and vitality that came from participating in restorative musical activities. I see the happiness in their eyes, and am encouraged to know that they have embraced new and effective ways to care for themselves. The offerings of Crossing Point Arts has helped relieve the challenging emotional pressure that they live with as survivors of human trafficking.​


Veronica Ades, MD, MPH, FACOG
Director, EMPOWER Clinic for Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Violence Assistant Professor New York University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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"Hi Anne -- I spoke with a few of the students from yesterday's talk "Bringing The Arts Off The Stage and Into The World" and they were all inspired to "change the world" -- what more could we ask for? So, thank you for charging them up and igniting that fire!"

Marissa Silverman, PhD

Associate Professor, Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Education

John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University



 

In the Words of Survivors

 

I am possible.

- S. (from NYC) Survivor of CSEC (commercial sexual exploitation of children)

I’ve been working with Freedom Made It as of Spring 2019, after finding Crossing Point Arts online. It has been a blessing. I find that I am more able to think of myself as someone with gifts to offer. I am growing less ashamed of my past. I used to feel like I could not have options, because of where I come from. Now I know I am not alone and I feel like I have purpose in my life. I now have a job supporting people with disabilities. I make art, and share that art. I feel hope, and feel like my life is as important as anyone else’s. Thank you,  Crossing Point Arts and Freedom Made It for helping me grow.

- R. (from NYS) Survivor of sex trafficking

Music makes me feel well. Otherwise I cry all the time and feel I am in a crisis. When I do music, I never cry. It makes me forget the loss and pain. The music workshops make me feel happy, and I can go on!”

- C. (from Cameroon) Survivor of sex trafficking and torture

Dancing in the workshop brings me encouragement and positivity and makes me want to fight for what I want, stay focussed and continue on the path I choose.

- T. (from USA) Survivor of CSEC 

I am so happy to be validated by my poetry in the workshop.

- L. (from USA) Survivor of CSEC

The music makes the pain in my shoulders less. I feel like a weight is lifted off me.

- T. (from USA) Survivor of CSEC

I felt bad before I started, and pushed myself to come to the workshop...and now I feel really good. This hour was at least as good as time spent talking to a therapist. This makes me feel so good!

- Q. (from USA) Survivor of sex trafficking

I love putting myself into this place with color and focus.

- H. (from Pakistan) Survivor of sex trafficking

Let's do art again and again. This felt great!

- T. (from India) Survivor of sex trafficking

Every time I start getting into some new thing I love, the teacher just disappears, and the thing ends. I love that the drum classes are going on and on!

- A. (from NYC) Survivor of CSEC

“Freedom starts from inside.”

- X (from NJ) Survivor of CSEC

“I wrote peace.”

- P (from NJ) Survivor of CSEC