The Long Night’s Natalie Fighting Backpage.com on ABC’s Nightline

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The Long Night’s Natalie has shared her experience of being a survivor of domestic minor sex trafficking with ABC News’s Nightline in a special report entitled Daughters for Sale: How Young American Girls are Being Sold Online. The report reveals how the website Backpage.com is used to sell underage girls for sex. Continue reading

The Long Night wins 1st Place Multimedia in Best of Photojournalism

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“The Long Night” wins the 2015 Best of Photojournalism Multimedia award for Alexia Women’s Initiative grantee Tim Matsui from the National Press Photographers Association. Continue reading

The Long Night Wins 1st Place Long Form Documentary Feature in 2015 World Press Photo competition

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The 2015 World Press Photo competition has given First Place in the Long Feature Documentary category to “The Long Night” by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm. Continue reading

The Long Night Wins POYi Documentary Project of the Year

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Pictures of the Year International (POYi) has named “The Long Night” the Documentary Project of the Year in its annual professional competition. POYi is the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world. “The Long Night” tells the story … Continue reading

How Do Our Grants Help Fight Exploitation of Young Women and Girls in U.S.?

Handcuffed, 19-year-old Lisa, who was just pulled from the car where she was providing sex for money, waits to be questioned by SeaTac police. Tim Matsui/Alexia Foundation

If you could help make possible some of the most moving media projects in the world, would you? If you could help fight the exploitation of young women and girls in the United States, would you? You can by contributing … Continue reading

Watch: Tim Matsui and Mike Davis at Collaborations for Cause 2014

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2012 Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative recipient, Tim Matsui and Syracuse University Alexia Chair, Mike Davis, were recently presenters at Collaborations for Cause 2014 in Seattle. The conference, organized and presented by Blue Earth Alliance, brings together content producers and organizations … 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

Final Approach: Women’s Initiative Update from Tim Matsui

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Looking south from my window, the airplanes are stacked five deep in the night sky. On their final approach, they descend into SeaTac. I watch, thinking of the streets beside the airport, feeling an odd mix of emotion. Exhaustion, nostalgia, … 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