AUSJ is a 501c3 tax-exempt charitable organization that empowers activists to create and distribute multimedia content that educates the public, particularly youth, about human rights violations and social injustices.
AUSJ’s vision is to establish a global community of artists, activists and industry professionals who will create and distribute content that raises awareness and motivates action for social change.
Working from a model based on multi-media creation and dissemination, AUSJ will :
1. Educate and enlighten society about social justice and human rights issues by creating, sponsoring, and distributing high quality, entertaining, and innovative multi-media for public viewing.
2. Build partnerships and create strategies with other organizations, individuals, and corporations to inform the public and engage the community in community service.
3. Create call-to-action campaigns that enable individuals from around the world to take part in a global village of sharing ideas, creating projects, fundraising, and capacity building .
MICHAEL CORY DAVIS - FOUNDER
Michael is a triple threat: An actor, filmmaker, and humanitarian. He has been involved in the fight against human trafficking since 2003 when he encountered victims of trafficking while shooting a film for the SyFy channel on location in Bulgaria. Touched by the real-life story of a 13-year-old Bulgarian girl sold by her adoptive parents and trafficked to Holland for prostitution, Davis wrote and directed Svetlana’s Journey, a film based on her life. Svetlana’s Journey was the winner of the 2005 Hollywood Film Festival Best Short Subject Award and the HDFEST Deffie Award for Best HD Dramatic Film. Davis partnered with the Bulgarian non-profit organization Face To Face, the US Embassy and corporate sponsor M-tel to implement an awareness campaign to raise funding for rehabilitation centers and orphanages in Bulgaria, toured the country with the film, and promoted the airing of Svetlana’s Journey on Bulgarian television.
Michael’s second film, Cargo: Innocence Lost, 2007, a documentary on sex trafficking in the United States, has been lauded for its effective spotlight on the issue here at home. In 2008, Michael created the I Stop Traffic Awareness campaign using his films as a way to spread awareness, support victims, and organizations. Michael helped to organize human trafficking awareness events/film screenings with numerous organizations, such as National Association of County Commissioners, National Foundation of Women Legislators, Salvation Army, Soroptomist, and Los Angeles County Unity Coalition. Michael has taken part in more than 50 panel discussions, most notably partnering with Suzanne Mubarek, the First Lady of Egypt, and her Excellency Sheikha Sabiqa, the Queen of Bahrain, on their anti-trafficking campaigns. He is the recipient of the prestigious People to People International (founded by Dwight Eisenhower) Make a Difference Award and was honored in a ceremony alongside the Prime Minister of Albania and the president of Relief International. His work has been featured on CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and The Tyra Banks Show, to name a few.
As an actor, Michael has recently appeared on Up All Night, CSI: NY, Private Practice, and Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls. Michael is the owner of the Journey Film Group Inc., and has recently completed directing the DVD special features of the Emmy-award winning television series Madmen for clients Lionsgate and AMC television. Michael is the founder of Artists United for Social Justice, a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to create and distribute multi-media to raise awareness about social injustices.