Alliance To Rescue Victims of Trafficking, a Washington D.C. foundation established to help rescue victims of child sex trafficking, was established in 2014 by author and journalist Conchita Sarnoff, who serves as executive director.
The mission of ATRVT is to “rescue and rehabilitate sex-trafficked victims in North America, to establish the first ‘safe house’ for girls who have been trafficked for sex and to raise awareness for what has been described as ‘the largest slave trade in history.'”
The March 21 benefit event includes a pre-show VIP cocktail reception at New York’s Le Cirque Restaurant (151 E. 58th Street) at 5 PM, followed by transportation to Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 W. 46th St.) for VIP seating at the 8 PM performance of Finding Neverland.
“We are so grateful to the producers of Finding Neverland for graciously hosting this unique inaugural benefit event for the Alliance To Rescue Victims of Trafficking,” said Sarnoff in a statement. “There are currently more than 22.7 million children trafficked for sex globally, and that number continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.
“Recent congressional reports show there are more than 300,000 child sex trafficked victims in the United States alone, and New York and Washington D.C. are the top two cities with the highest concentration of victims in the country. In addition to rescuing and recovering these children, ATRVT is working to establish the first safe home for sex-trafficked girls, ages 6-12, in the metro D.C. area this year.”
The musical, opening April 15, is based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, and follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer — and the man — he yearns to be.