January 17, 2014

Worshop illuminates dark topic

Jessica Lane, Staff Writer,
The Express-Star


Paint on Canvas is giving the community an opportunity to bring light to a dark subject through art. 

The Paint on Canvas Workshop will take place 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the Wellness Studio at 4th and Kansas in Chickasha. 

The painting featured at the workshop is taken from the She Is Safe logo. The featured painting is by Carrie Chavers. This is a fundraiser for She Is Safe, an anti-human trafficking organization. The cost is $40. Supplies are furnished. Call 405.574.6689 to reserve a spot or at 

DeAnna Sanders will be a guest at the workshop. 

Sanders is the Country Director for Indonesia She is Safe, an international organization that frees and empowers women and girls rom abuse and exploitation in high risk places around the world. 

"I’m looking forward to coming to Chickasha for our paint party and getting acquainted with the women there and sharing with them personally about what women are like around the world and ways that we can holistically care for our sisters," Sanders said. 

Sanders said that she asked Chavers to illustrate what the organization, She Is Safe, represents. Chavers painted a lantern providing light against a dark background. 

"She did a beautiful job with it," Sanders said. 

The painting party provides a different outlet for enlightening others about the realities of human trafficking, one that Sanders hopes will be interactive and personal. 

"I want to educate without trying to really lecture people," she said. "We're trying to make people aware without overwhelming them." 

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. 

There are 29.8 million people in modern slavery and 80 percent of those trafficked are women and girls. The selling and trading of people is big business. The UN estimates the total market value of human trafficking at $32 billion, according to She Is Safe.

While human trafficking may sometimes be thought of a problem that exists elsewhere, it does happen in the U.S. and in Oklahoma, Sanders said. However, that is becoming less of a distinction. 

"We live in a global world," Sanders said. "As sisters of the world, we need to stick together." 

The headquarters for She Is Safe is located in Atlanta, but Sanders works from home in Duncan, Okla. She has been with the organization for over two years and has traveled to Indonesia five times working with She Is Safe partners in Northern Sumatra and Bali helping to free and empower women from trafficking, abuse and poverty. 

"I am honored to work with an amazing organization like She Is Safe," Sanders said. 

There will also be a painting party fundraiser 6 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 24  or 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan 25 in Duncan at the First Baptist Church, Duncan Craft Room at 901 W. Ash. To sign up or for more information contact Sanders at or 580.467.1479.