Sponsors: Skirball Foundation and Lois and Richard Rosenthal
Invisible: Slavery Today is the world's first and only museum-quality, permanent exhibition on the victims of modern-day slavery and human trafficking. It occupies more than 4,000 square feet in the Freedom Center's east pavilion on the third floor.
The exhibition resembles a dingy warehouse in an unfamiliar city, filled with wood, metal and plastic containers – shipping cartons for human beings. Through a variety of techniques and media, including videos, sounds and touch-screen presentations, Invisible: Slavery Today offers a comprehensive examination of slavery in the modern world. It examines the five most common forms of enslavement: forced labor, bonded labor, child slavery, sex trafficking and domestic servitude. The exhibition explores the causes of slavery, the economic forces that have contributed to its growth, and the response of government, the justice system and the general public to this scourge.
Invisible: Slavery Today is more than a grim walk through exploitation and hopelessness. A major concluding section is devoted to anti-slavery activities throughout the world. With stories and photos contributed by Freedom Center partners Free the Slaves, Goodweave, International Justice Mission and Polaris Project, victims share their stories and inspire visitors to make a personal commitment to 21st century abolitionism.