The Mural Project: Community Conversations About Human Trafficking

It is time to unlock the power of community to end human trafficking. Our transformative Community Conversations create interactive spaces where art meets expertise to ignite change. Our community conversations are inspired by the resilience and strength of survivors showcased by “From Surviving to Thriving”, a portable mural crafted in collaboration with local artist and STAC board member Nipa Thakkar Eason. These interactive gatherings are designed to harness the resilience and strength it takes to disrupt sex and labor trafficking and pave the way for thriving communities.

At Community Conversations, participants are invited to engage in dialogue with expert panelists and contribute to collaborative art projects on blank canvases, amplifying the strength of our collective community. Here, individuals deepen their understanding of human trafficking, learn to identify the signs of this crime, and discover actionable strategies to drive positive change.

Accessible to all, our Community Conversations are designed with inclusivity in mind, ensuring everyone feels welcome and empowered to participate. 

Could your town be the next to join the movement? Consider hosting these impactful events in venues like art galleries, public art-themed spaces, faith communities, town halls, schools, or local health departments.

We invite you to stand with us, harnessing the transformative power of art and conversation to shine a light on the harsh realities of human trafficking and offer unwavering support to survivors in our midst.

Upcoming Events

Please contact Robin at STAC if you would like to have a Human Trafficking Community Conversation in your area.


Community Conversations In the News

About the “From Surviving to Thriving” Mural

Artist Statement By Nipa Thakkar Eason

From Surviving to Thriving Mural 3
Nipa Thakkar Eason

Nipa Thakkar Eason

Desmond Tutu’s words bring to mind the community and collaboration needed to help mitigate human trafficking – humanizing this experience, empathizing with survivors, and working together to help the people around us survive and thrive. I wanted to use his words to emphasize the visual representation of something very close to my heart. Throughout the nine years I’ve lived in the Big Bend region, following any challenging moments, I have always felt immense joy when making a wish on a dandelion. Dandelions are common, almost to the point of being invisible – much like human trafficking in our communities.

Over time, the dandelion has become the perfect symbol of survival and optimism; we associate it with hopes and dreams, resilience and determination, and overcoming challenges and pain. For this mural, I envision a colorful representation of a dandelion, whose seeds are flying while transforming into doves – an often-overlooked symbol of freedom and a nod to STAC’s logo. I also wanted to portray how survivors can be supported in our communities, both individually and by working together. I know that bright colors and a whimsical style may not be what we traditionally associate with a call to end human trafficking. Still, considering the theme, I realized I want this mural to bring hope and optimism to the people who see it and the communities in which it lives. I wanted this piece to represent a wish we’re making – to be better and to do better.

Host a “Human Trafficking Community Conversation”

To learn how you can host a Human Trafficking Community Conversation in your area, or for more information about STAC, please contact Robin Hassler Thompson, STAC executive director, at or 850-597-2080.

Highlights from the Leon County Human Trafficking Community Conversation, February 20, 2024

Highlights from the Rotary Club of Wakulla Human Trafficking Community Conversation, June 6, 2024

Highlights from the Wakulla County Human Trafficking Community Conversation, June 12, 2024