“Break the Chain” film to be shown in Ventura

Learn what you can do to break the chain of human trafficking at a special movie screening and question-and-answer session with the maker of “Break the Chain,” winner of the best documentary feature at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival.

The movie, “Break the Chain,” will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main St., Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the film starts at 6:30 p.m. The event is free.

Organizers say that Ventura County has a role in the global human trafficking issue. Young people forced into the human trafficking system are often housed in local hotels, away from the glare of Los Angeles.

Following the film there will be a panel discussion including:

  • Laura E. Swanson, producer and co-director of the film;
  • April de Pretis of the Ventura County Coalition Against Human Trafficking;
  • Michael Munn, Ventura County district attorney’s office investigator;
  • Christian Perez of Interface Child and Family Services;
  • Junemarie Justus, founder of The Acorn Project, and
  • Cheryl Heitmann, Ventura City Council member.
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