September 28, 2013   Casa de la Cultura   Tijuana   Mexico

Cuatro Corridos had its international premiere in Tijuana, B.C.  in September 2013.  It was presented free and open to the public with support from the MAP Fund and IMAC (Institute Municipale Arte y Cultura) and the Casa De La Cultura.  The performance was preceded by a public forum about the realities of human trafficking, held at the Casa de la Cultura .   The forum was attended by over eighty people, and thanks to extensive media coverage, the opera had four hundred people in attendance, drawn from both sides of the border.   We remain grateful to our remarkable partners at IMAC and the Casa de la Cultura, Walter Padilla and Carmen Garcia, whose tireless efforts enabled our event to become a reality.   Many people and civic entities contributed time, equipment and energy to the evening.   Read our blog post "Magic" to learn more about this remarkable event. 

Forum on Human Trafficking

A group of extremely distinguished panelists participated in the public forum, including"Rosa" , a young woman who had endured the horrors of trafficking.  "Rosa" testified from behind a screen.  We were moved beyond words at her courage and willingness to participate. 

The panelists included
    •    Walter H. Padilla Ramirez/Bi-national Liason of IMAC (moderator)
    •    Red Binational Corazones (Int'l Network of Hearts) - Alma Tucker, Manolo Guillen and “Rosa,”
    •    Groupa Apoyo - Yetzira Shandiel Alonso,
    •    Universidad Iberoamericana De Tijuana - Sara Amelia Espinosa

Critically acclaimed Tijuana filmmakers Miguel Buentrostro and Sergio Valdez created the following short film which summarizes the experience of the evening.

Spotlight on Public Forum Partner

International Network of Hearts  San Diego-Tijuana

We are an international network that brings people together from diverse backgrounds to help restore the lives of victims of human trafficking.

We were founded in 2010 out of concerns about the human trafficking corridors between the U.S.-Mexico border, the busiest international border in the world. Our leadership includes a dynamic team with more than 15 years of experience handling human trafficking and sexual exploitation cases in the U.S. and in Mexico.

Our mission is to restore the lives of victims of human trafficking and prevent commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor through increased awareness, training, advocacy and collaboration at an interdisciplinary and international level.   Read more.