“Lift Us Out of the Shadows” is the 2023 theme of the media contest sponsored by the San Francisco Coalition Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT) of which the Sisters of the Presentation is a member.

The contest is open to high school and middle school students attending public, private, or home schools in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Submissions must be original writings, musical compositions and artworks (no copyrighted materials) that involve any media (paint, crayons, stickers, charcoal, computer-generated graphics, music, writings handwritings, etc.) and can be created by an individual or in groups of up to 3 members. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at 5:00 pm.

The 2023 contest winners will be recognized by SFCAHT and Bay Area government officials at the Annual Teen Power Summit of SFCAHT on Thursday, March 2, 2023, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the San Francisco Main Public Library (Koret Auditorium) in San Francisco.

Human Trafficking, known as modern day slavery, is making a person work or sell themselves by either physical or psychological force, or by fraud or trickery, or through threats of harm, and includes children selling or trading their bodies or labor.  The FBI identified San Francisco as a hot spot for human trafficking in the United States. The contest has been a powerful tool to raise awareness of human trafficking among school-age youth.

Contest rules, orientation video, and past winners are at the SFCAHT website, https://sfcaht.org/teen-contests.html.