The Crescendoing Impact of The Long Night

Photographer/Director Tim Matsui screens his film The Long Night at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch and moderates a panel discussion afterwards. Photographed by: Mark Berndt

Since the completion of his Women’s Initiative Project, “The Long Night,” Tim Matsui has worked tirelessly to get his film and other visual assets he collected regarding commercial sex exploitation in front of audiences and, particularly, before stakeholders and change makers so that his work can have the largest impact possible. Continue reading

Photography: Agent for Change – A Phenomenal Success!

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The Alexia Foundation produced the first workshop seminar of its kind, “Photography: Agent for Change,” graciously hosted by the International Center of Photography in New York on November 6, 2015. Over 140 participants flew in from as far as Brazil, Cameroon, Australia and all across the United States to see the lineup of speakers. Continue reading

“The Long Night” chosen as Finalist for 2015 Dart Center Award

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The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma named “The Long Night” as one of eight finalists for the 2015 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. The feature length documentary film by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm was made possible with the support of The Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant. Continue reading

Tim Matsui and The Alexia Foundation at Collaborations for Cause 2014

Collaborations for Cause 2014 is being held Sept. 25-27 in Seattle, Washington. The conference will begin with a special working screening of “The Long Night,” the feature length documentary by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm which gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced into the American sex trade.

Tim Matsui and The Alexia Foundation, represented by Mike Davis, will be presenting at Collaborations for Cause 2014. The conference, organized and presented by Blue Earth Alliance, brings together content producers and organizations for an exploration of how to harness … Continue reading

First Viewing: Women’s Initiative Update from Tim Matsui

Photo by Tim Matsui

They gawked out the cab as we passed Radio City, then commented on the crazy drivers. I was the one person they knew in the city and had promised to take care of them. I was also the journalist who … Continue reading

The 2012 Women’s Initiative Grant: Tim Matsui on Sex Trafficking

From 7-9pm young women, ages 15 to 22, prepare for a night of work at the Violin Karaoke bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Their job is to sell drinks to customers who book the karaoke rooms; in the neighboring dance club, also part of the Violin, there are cocktail waitresses. However, many are also freelance sex workers or 'bar girls' who make their own arrangements with the customers for a 'date.' Most of the customers are asian; they are either Thai, Korean, Chinese, or Japanese. The Thai sex industry model is rapidly developing in the Cambodian capitol, Phnom Penh. Tim Matsui

In 2012, Tim Matsui was awarded our first Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant. His proposal promised to examine the growing, frightening trend of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the Seattle area, with his project “Leaving the Life: Stories of the … Continue reading

“The Long Night” Screens at The Paley Center

Aphrodite Tsairis welcomes attendees to the first screening of "The Long Night." Photo by Ray Llanos.

On Nov. 20th, The Alexia Foundation welcomed more than 100 activists, media influencers and friends to the first screening of “The Long Night,” the eagerly awaited feature length documentary film examining minor sex trafficking in the United States. The film … Continue reading

The Motel, Part 2: Women’s Initiative Update from Tim Matsui

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I happened to drop in one evening when Lisa wanted to do a movie and dinner in Jane’s motel room. Lisa wasn’t there yet, so I accompanied Jane to the grocery store across the street. Jane left home at 13, … Continue reading

Tim Matsui documents Sex Trafficking

From 7-9pm young women, ages 15 to 22, prepare for a night of work at the Violin Karaoke bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Their job is to sell drinks to customers who book the karaoke rooms; in the neighboring dance club, also part of the Violin, there are cocktail waitresses. However, many are also freelance sex workers or 'bar girls' who make their own arrangements with the customers for a 'date.' Most of the customers are asian; they are either Thai, Korean, Chinese, or Japanese. The Thai sex industry model is rapidly developing in the Cambodian capitol, Phnom Penh. Tim Matsui

Over the course of three years, Tim Matsui documented human trafficking in Cambodia. His work on sex trafficking there was one of the powerful chapters of this work. He showed the world the poverty that drives the women to work … Continue reading

The Alexia Foundation on Violence Against Women

Tradition, Women's Rights and Circumcision in Guinea Bissau

Violence against women takes many forms which can be seen in a number of the projects The Alexia Foundation has supported for 23 years. One type of violence is overwhelming violence, the violence that is wholly gender based and clear … Continue reading