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Brookhaven approves art installation in honor of Comfort Women of WWII

Exhibit calls attention to the atrocity of human trafficking

Post Date:05/24/2017 11:38 AM

 

Brookhaven, GA, May 23, 2017 – The Brookhaven City Council unanimously voted to accept and place a monument which recognizes the danger and injustice of human trafficking worldwide. The memorial for the Comfort Women of World War II, named Young Girl’s Statue for Peace, will be Brookhaven’s latest endeavor into the historic and educational awareness of the global tragedy of the human sex trade.   

“We are grateful for the courage, passion and commitment of the city officials of Brookhaven,” said Baik Kyu Kim, the Chair of the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force. “It is our hope that this beautiful statue will bring much healing, peace and hope.”

“The Comfort Women tragedy is one the largest known cases of human and sexual trafficking in the 20th century,” said Brookhaven City Councilman John Park. “The City of Brookhaven is deeply honored to be the home for the Young Girl’s Statue for Peace. As we remember the history of these victims of human trafficking and enslavement, we bear witness to their suffering so that these atrocities never happen again.”

Councilman Park first championed the idea of welcoming the Comfort Women Memorial in Brookhaven and quickly Mayor Ernst and each City Council member enthusiastically agreed on the importance of such a remembrance in Brookhaven.

“By establishing this memorial, we are raising awareness of the ongoing problems of sexual and human trafficking taking place in metro Atlanta and the world today,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst. “The City of Brookhaven is proud to join the growing list of progressive cities around the world that have already installed memorials in recognition of Comfort Women and their suffering.  Brookhaven is now the first city in the state of Georgia and the deep south to publicly commit to the Comfort Women memorial, and we encourage other cities to join us in a strong, public stand against human trafficking.”

Brookhaven is home to a diverse and vibrant community, where approximately 25 percent of residents are foreign born. The City was also the first city to join We’re Not Buying It, a national initiative to create a forum for all 50 states to collaborate and develop strategies to end sex trafficking.  In 2014, the City of Brookhaven became the first city in Georgia to train its top managers and all city employees on how to recognize signs of child sex trafficking.

The Comfort Women memorial will be placed at a suitable location for public display within the next 30 days.  At that time, the City of Brookhaven and the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force will organize an educational event on the history of the comfort women and the connections with other local and international cases of sex trafficking. 

For more information about Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force, contact Helen Kim Ho, 404-232-5219 or helenkimho@gmail.com 

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Media Contacts:
Burke Brennan
Director of Communications
404-637-0709
burke.brennan@brookhavenga.gov

 

Ann Marie Quill
Communications Manager
404-637-0508
annmarie.quill@brookhavenga.gov


 

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