Awakening our Humanity

There’s a modern day slavery – that we can end.

Let’s bring voice to the voiceless.

We were shocked to learn what’s going on in our own backyard, here in New York City. An issue we thought was abolished…yet walks by you each and every day.

There is good news, though. 

We, and you, have so much more power than we think. Simply one small step taken today can bring help to someone being trafficked right here, in the Big Apple.

Because here’s the truth, that can be so hard to hear at first.

While we imagine human trafficking is only in developing nations … it’s a massive issue in NYC, from the local nail salon to a brightly lit, expensive hotel on a lovely Manhattan night.

In fact, New York ranks for 2nd in human trafficking in all the USA.

This information is startling and can make you feel helpless. But that’s the beautiful part. Awareness alone makes you powerful.

By being here, reading this right now, you are already Spiderman/Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman status powerful. 

We’ll show you why.

Ready to be the next Marvel character – and accept your role as a real life hero?
(That’s not to be cinema cheesy…it’s simply true.)

There’s no better feeling…or karma. Then stepping up for those who could be your sister, 7th grade crush, little cousin on your mom’s side. And remember, Peter Parker was no more special than you. Here’s all it takes to help.

How to take action – ASAP

It doesn’t take much to make a difference. Whether it is time, funds or items – like clothes – your efforts have a huge impact. Three lattes worth of money does more than you’d imagine. 

And your clothes aren’t going out into the ether. When a girl gets out of trafficking and is given that new sweater and jeans, knowing she’s wearing them into freedom? It’s not like giving ‘em to a friend or dumping them – you’re supplying hope.

Or, should we say, let us screen it for you. The film Sold, a narrative feature film directed by an academy award winner, walks through a story of sex trafficking. It is based on a book – but is inspired by events from very real life.

How does hosting this event work?

  1. We come set it up.
  2. Your group watches.
  3. There’s a panel to discuss.


Everyone walks aware and…awake.

If you’re the type of person that does NOT agree with this statement → “Ignorance is bliss”…A training will provide the education you and your people need.

Learning how to spot human trafficking is scary. You can’t unsee the signs once you’ve learned them. But as someone who takes action, you don’t want to let bad people take advantage of these women and, as you may be surprised to learn, men…or, we should say, young boys.

Ready to bring help to the helpless?

About us, the humans behind the nonprofit

Veronica and Gary

Dr. Veronica Ruelas and Gary Giglio here. We’re a married couple living in the heart of NYC. Vero an optometrist for 20 years, running a nonprofit for 10 of those years, and Gary in finance and thought leader in mindfulness, we love this city, from Central Park to Manhattan and back – and were shocked to discover trafficking wasn’t just something horrifying common in the missions we served on abroad in developing nations countries. Trafficking is right here, under our noses in New York. That’s why we’re doing everything we can to raise awareness and make a difference for humans that deserve freedom, same as you and me.

How to take action

It only takes a few moments to help.

We know your life is packed enough already – without worrying about others. It’s easy to feel:

  • “I’m living in a 400 square foot apartment, what could I do?”
  • “My paychecks are barely enough to cover my current expenses…”
  • “This problem seems so huge, how can I do anything?”

 

We’re not sharing this information to bring sadness or shame. We know this is dark but are thankful to connect with people who aren’t afraid of that.

 

Here’s the reality.

 

Many people are quick to shy away from the hard topics…but not you. You know there’s power within you to help – and we’re excited to share exactly what to do next.

 

We promise, you can make a huge difference. Talking real-life superhero powers. You can be the Spiderman/Wonder Woman to real humans right around you.

 

This is all it takes – here are three ways to make a difference, for either no cost or almost no time at all.

Three ways to help fellow New Yorkers who are in human trafficking ASAP

Screen the film, Sold

This film, directed by Academy Award Winner Jeffrey D. Brown and executively produced by Emma Thompson, changes the heart of every person who watches it. You can bring its vital message on the issue of human trafficking to your company or any group – for free.

For no cost, we’ll get you entirely set up and screen the film for you.

You’ll receive – a mobilization kit, downloadable photos and the know how to get the word out. It is incredibly simple.

Often, actors or the producer are even willing to donate time to come and be present.

After, a panel is set up. Panel discussion brings engagement and gets questions answered, as the topic brings up a lot of queries.

We make it as easy as possible for you schedule-wise.

Whether it’s Tuesday at lunch in the conference room or a Friday evening on a rooftop, you tell us. We do what it takes to make it happen. We’re so passionate about helping screen this impactful motion picture.

And we get this isn’t the traditional golf event or comedy night. Although maybe not “not so fun” as it may feel to watch these hard truths, it will be worth it.

Because this can happen to any girl. Your daughter. Cousin. A girl that works at your local coffee shop. People will be grateful to you for being the type of person who inspires change – and them, too.

Sign up for a screening!

Educate your people


There may be trafficked people in your building right now. There might be a girl walking the hallways using your products, buying a coffee…and no one had any idea she was being trafficked.

Whether you’re a:

  • Hotel or motel
  • Corporation
  • Hair, nail and makeup salon – after all, that’s where they’re taken to be “prettied” up
  • OR Any other business

There could be human trafficking in your building. The signs are so subtle, almost no one would notice. Thankfully, with the right training, you and your people will know how to take action.

Because you are good people – the type who want to do what’s right.

If you were in your lobby and saw a woman being dragged, stepping in would be no question. With human trafficking? The signs, sadly, tend to be so much less noticeable than any physical harm.

That’s why we partner with COMPANY to host a short, 1-day training – at absolutely no cost. You tell us the date that works, and we’ll share how to make it happen.

Enroll in training

Give, whether a small money or item donation.

It doesn’t take much to make a difference. Whether it is time, funds or items – like clothes – your efforts have a huge impact. Three lattes worth of money does more than you’d imagine.

And your clothes aren’t going out into the ether. When a girl gets out of trafficking and is given that new sweater and jeans, knowing she’s wearing them into freedom? It’s not like giving ‘em to a friend or dumping them – you’re supplying hope.

ThirdEyeVision Foundation is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. ThirdEyeVision Foundation’s federal identification number (EIN) is 45-2899003.