As human trafficking becomes a mainstream issue, the amount of documentaries and films on the subject continues to increase and gain the attention of prominent figures. The latest addition to the roster is I Am Jane Doe, a harrowing documentary chronicling the battle of a group of American mothers against Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section of the Village Voice that exploited middle-school aged girls in the sex trafficking industry.
Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actress Jessica Chastain and directed by Mary Mazzio, the film’s depiction of the mothers’ lawsuits and encounters with judges and other officials as they fight on behalf of thousands of mothers is both devastating and inspiring. The film also features interviews with senators from both parties from around the country as well as lawyers fighting for justice for these young girls, as well as a slew of law enforcement officials.
The resilience of these women in the face of horrifying tragedy is not a path that many take, but their activism is necessary and powerful. This pressing examination of a rampant issue is needed now more than ever. I Am Jane Doe will donate 50% of all profits to non-profit organizations dedicated to serving the children who have survived these travesties.