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I have been excessively remiss in telling you all about this year’s Comic Creators Alliance donation drive to fight human trafficking. As she did the year before, Lora Innes (of The Dreamer) pulled together a huge group of comic creators–including notables like comic veteran Adam Hughes, Billy Tucci of Shi, Barb Jacobs of Xylia Tales, and Chris Watkins of Odori Park (see what I did there?)–to compile a big fun wallpaper featuring all their characters. This year, the wallpaper is also available as a print.

The donation drive went live on the 11th, but I’ve been so immeasurably swamped that I neglected to help get the word out. The drive runs until January 24th, though, so I think I have a chance to redeem myself.

Please visit the Comic Creators Alliance site at comicalliance.weebly.com, and make a donation of $1 or more (yep, just a dollar is enough) to get a copy of the wallpaper, or consider buying a print. (And see how quickly you can find Arisa in the picture! A hint: She’s not where she appears in the preview below.)

Comic Creators Alliance to Fight Human Trafficking

Let me end with a bit about the problem at hand, and our part of the answer, from Lora:

“What is Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking is a sanitized term for slavery. There are over 27 million people enslaved in the world today, and most if it is young girls being sold into forced prostitution–both over seas and yes, in the United States. In the United States there are only 39 beds at facilities for victims in the entire nation–and at least 16,000 people being trafficked into the US from other countries each year! Not to count the domestic victims already living here.

“The money that the CCA raised last year was split between two organizations, one global–Love 146, and a local shelter trying to get up and running–Gracehaven in Ohio. (Toledo, Ohio is one of the largest trafficking hubs in the U.S.) Both organizations were able to expand their particular fights against this heinous problem in 2010. Love 146 is setting up Task Forces around America, local groups of concerned citizens bringing the fight and awareness to their own corners of the nation. Internationally, Love 146 set up the Cambodia Border Officers Project . This is total prevention: officers patrol the border crossing, looking for possible victims and the kids they rescue will never know the horrors they might have. Gracehaven used our funds in the ongoing renovations that are necessary to bring the house up to code–plumbing and air conditioning were installed, along with two new bathrooms. They hope to be up and running soon but must first have six months of operating expenses in the bank. They are currently at one fifth of their goal–let’s see what we can do to help them!”

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