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At only 19, Rebecca has become a visionary activist combatting human trafficking in the United States, when she isnt doing a TED Talk or a documentary on human trafficking, she's stressing over exams at the University of California Berkeley
Rebecca Dharmapalan's parents always called her a rebel without a cause. Growing up in Oakland, California — the birthplace of the Black Panther Movement, parts of the Free Speech and Disability Rights Movements, and more recent movements like Occupy Oakland — she was constantly surrounded by an activist culture.
“I feel like art doesn’t have a purpose unless it is purposeful. I really use my art and my creativity to inspire other people, and to continue with my efforts in my activism.”
Rebecca Dharmapalan, 19, is not just a filmmaker. She’s a “changemaker” in her Oakland, California, community — someone who’s actively using her talent and her time to transform the world she lives in.
Huffington Post: Radically Peaceful: Humanizing Oakland’s Youth
Over the past year, I have been working on a project that has become one of my most challenging yet eye-opening experiences. It involves the very heart-wrenching topic of child exploitation, which is unfortunately still amongst us. My specific engagement in this topic came about over a year ago, driven by the fate of a schoolmate who had recently left school without an explanation. Soon after, I discovered that she was being exploited and forced to work on the streets of Oakland.
Colorlines: She Fights Child Sex Trafficking With Film
Nineteen-year-old activist Rebecca Dharmapalan is raising funds to turn her short documentary about child sex trafficking into a feature film.
Oakland student film wins international film festival, renews city’s effort to combat sex trafficking.