Red Sand Project

Posted by Spalding Hurst

May 8, 2023

Photos by The Record

Presentation Academy students poured red sand into the cracks of sidewalks in downtown Louisville as part of the Red Sand Project, an initiative aimed at raising public awareness about human trafficking. The grains of sand represent the victims of this insidious trade.

The students from Presentation Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school located founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, took part in the project as a way to educate the community about human trafficking, which is a growing problem in many cities around the world. The students poured the red sand onto the sidewalks along Breckinridge Lane and South Fourth Street, drawing the attention of passersby.

According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Victims are forced, defrauded, or coerced into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. The Red Sand Project was founded in Miami, Florida, in 2014 by artist Molly Gochman as a way to draw attention to the plight of human trafficking victims.

Presentation Academy students also participated in a service at their school, where they prayed for victims of trafficking. The service was a reminder that while awareness is important, action is also necessary to combat human trafficking. The students hope that their efforts will inspire others to take action as well.

Presentation Academy students who participated in the project poured the sand into the cracks of the sidewalk to represent the people who have fallen through the cracks of society. They hope that by doing this, they can raise awareness and inspire people to take action against human trafficking.

The Red Sand Project has become a global movement, with participants pouring sand into the cracks of sidewalks in cities around the world. By raising awareness and inspiring action, the project is making a difference in the fight against human trafficking. The students of Presentation Academy are doing their part to make the world a better place, and their efforts serve as an inspiration to us all.

Presentation Academy students, from left, Zoe Eme, Kaylin Hess, Jamari Cooper and Genesis Depp, poured red sand into the cracks of the sidewalk facing South Fourth Street in downtown Louisville May 3. The students took part in the Red Sand Project which seeks to create public awareness about human trafficking. The grains of red sand represent the victims of trafficking. (Record Photo by Ruby Thomas)


  1. Linda Soltis, SCN

    What a wonderful way to raise social awareness to the issue of sexual trafficking.

  2. Betty Blandford scn

    So glad you are participating in this visual effort to speak against Human Trafficking. You are living the Gospel!!!


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