'The Long Night.'Courtesy Image.

Human trafficking were words we alway associated with foreign countries with corrupt government, weak institutions, and social structures where women have few rights. But human trafficking, we have learned, exists in the United States, in Texas, and in San Antonio.

The Rivard Report presents “The Long Night,” a documentary screening and conversation about the state of human trafficking in America. A post-film panel will discuss the root causes of sex trafficking in San Antonio, the path forward for survivors, and ways to prevent future victims from falling prey.

Join us at the Santikos Bijou Theater

Thursday, March 10, at 7:30p.m.


This is a Gathr screening, meaning the event will not take place unless 70 tickets are sold by Feb. 26.

As of Feb. 18, we have sold 17 – not bad, but we’ll need your friends and family to sign up today to make this important conversation happen. In the event we don’t reach our goal, your card will not be charged.

The 2014 film, directed by Tim Matsui, produced by MediaStorm, and funded by the Alexia Foundation, weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives have been forever changed by this issue.

“These are just American kids,” said Matsui.  “American kids anywhere in the country. (‘The Long Night’) is two unique stories, but they exist in every community across this country.”

“The Long Night” illuminates a condition, but it doesn’t prescribe solutions. Instead, it submerges the viewer in the experience of what it has been like for Natalie and Lisa to survive in life; for Tom and Nacole to watch their daughter slip from their grasp; for Andy and his fellow police officers, Brian and Joel, who work to make the system serve victims. The Long Night is testimony to those young American women who fell victim to human trafficking and who survived the ordeal and had the courage to share their stories.

The Panel:

Charles Paul, CPS Special Investigator IV

As part of the Alamo Area Coalition Against Trafficking, which includes federal, state, county and city law enforcement, agencies and area nonprofits, Paul is working to create an  Alamo Youth Center for At-Risk Youth to decriminalize the treatment of children who have been victimized by traffickers.

Mallory Myers,  Texas Attorney General’s Office

Myers works as an Assistant Attorney General in the Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section in the Criminal Prosecutions Division.

Ron Brown, Haven for Hope Outreach Coordinator

Brown works directly with the homeless population in San Antonio in an effort to get them off the streets and find the services they need.

Kim VanHooser, Executive Director/Founder of Ransomed Life

Ransomed Life is an organization that works with domestic minor sex trafficking victims and sexually exploited children.

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Kathryn Boyd-Batstone

Kathryn Boyd-Batstone is a California native and a graduate of the University of Oregon. She moved to San Antonio in December 2015 to join The Rivard Report team as photographer and videographer.