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Jane Wells
Jane Wells is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker and activist. Jane’s feature credits includeTrickedthe documentary about sex trafficking in the USA, the award-winning The Devil Came on Horseback, the landmark documentary about the ongoing genocide in Darfur, which premiered at Sundance in 2007. She has also produced over over 40 short films including the award-winning shorts Lost Hope (2012) and Native Silence (2013) and I'm a Victim, Not a Criminal (2010). Jane is the founder of 3 Generations, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping survivors of atrocities tell their stories to the world using film. She is a long-time Huffington Post blogger and has written for Vogue,, Diversions and Aspen Magazine.

Entries by Jane Wells

3 Films, 70 Years and Still Holocaust Denial

(9) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 11:13 AM

At the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz how can there still be Holocaust denial? My own father was tasked with documenting what the Allied forces found when they liberated the Nazi concentration camps. Survivors and witnesses are still alive today -- many were honored guests in Poland earlier...

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The Buffalo Blizzard That Saved My Life

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 4:19 PM

When I heard about the horrendous lake effect snowstorm in Buffalo this week, I immediately thought about another blizzard there -- one that not only took lives, but one that saved a life. I emailed Danielle, the main subject of my feature documentary Tricked and asked her if...

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Sex Crimes '100 Percent Consensual'?

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 6:00 PM

If Katrin Bennhold's front-page article in today's New York Times, "Years of Rape and 'Utter Contempt' in Britain," were told as a narrative movie, it would likely be considered too far-fetched to be true and viewed as a hyperbolic psychological drama. However this is a news item and...

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Truth and Lies - It Matters How We Tell Stories

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 5:49 PM

Last week Newsweek and presented two disturbing articles about Cambodian sex trafficking survivor Somaly Mam and her eponymous foundation. The former exposed a series of major lies about Ms. Mam's life story that resulted in her resignation from the Foundation. The latter raised disturbing questions...

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Making Tricked

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 10:24 AM

Before we decided to collaborate on the documentary film TRICKED, one of us was filming street prostitution in Washington, D.C. (blocks from the White House) and the other was filming pimps at work in Chicago. When we discovered what we were both working on, we decided to partner on a...

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How An Ordinary Midwestern Dad Got Into The Pot Business: CNBC

(99) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 3:47 PM


Andy Joseph received a welding engineering degree from Ohio State University. This clean-shaven, buttoned-down Midwestern father of five likes making things, but he never expected to be selling those things to the medical marijuana industry. How did it happen?

"The cannabis industry came to me," he said.

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Laura And Marvin Horne, California Farmers, May Owe The Government $1.5 Million For Raisins

(61) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 3:21 PM


There is a government program which can force a farmer to hand over nearly half of his or her annual crop without getting paid for it.

The removed crop is put into a national reserve.

It's not corn, the nation's No. 1 crop and a commodity which...

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Shame on All Of Us

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 7:04 PM

It's no surprise to me that Elizabeth Smart's denouncement of the harmful impact of abstinence-only sex education occurred at a panel about fighting sex trafficking. The messages she received from her Mormon education, which made her feel such deep shame after being raped, mirror the messages pimps use to keep...

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Whose Constitution Is It Anyway?

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 12:37 PM

There was much rejoicing this week as the Violence Against Women Act was renewed and expanded in the Senate by 78 to 22 votes. The expansion will give Indian tribal courts the right to prosecute non-Natives who abuse Natives and protect gay victims of domestic abuse. Now all...

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Seeking a Perfect Victim

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 9:22 AM

At the National Colloquium on Demand Abolition last week in Boston, I was impressed by the solidarity of survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and their resolve to frame themselves as both experts and leaders of the movement to end sex trafficking. It's good to see a survivor like Rachel Lloyd...

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Ah... El Escandolo

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 1:21 PM

What could be better in an election year than a scandal involving sex, prostitutes and the Presidential security detail? And it's overseas too. Now we can inflate the scandal, have investigations monitored by the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Senate Homeland Security Committee and the Secret Service. We can...

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Can YOU Tell the Difference?

(51) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 12:00 PM

"I challenge you to tell the difference between a nude prostitute and a classy lady in the nude" said the lawyer (of Dominique Strauss-Kahn).

"The definition of a prostitute is a woman who sells her pussy for money, a woman who gives it away for free is a whore" said...

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Learning to Value Our Veterans

(4) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 9:23 AM

If you are part of the ninety-nine percent of Americans have not served in the military there's a lot to learn about what happens when those who do serve come home. If you are part of the one percent you already know all this. The one percent who serve not...

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Calling All Victims

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 12:46 PM

By definition, a victim is someone who is sacrificed, oppressed or subjected to maltreatment. In most cases, in order to get help, treatment or restitution, a victim must self-identify. But if someone is so habituated to maltreatment that it becomes normalized, do we have an obligation to help that person?

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Spitzer Syndrome for DSK?

(11) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 12:52 PM

I started checking Huffington Post almost hourly after the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn over the weekend, expecting a deluge of bloggers opining on the scandal: where were they? Surely not waiting to see if the head of the IMF and a potential president of France is indeed guilty of crimes...

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Creating A Vision Of The End of Atrocity

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 12:40 PM

What do Peter Gabriel and Ann Curry have in common?
Kathy Freston and Luis Moreno-Ocampo?
John Prendergast and Carolyn Forche?

They have all shared their vision of what a world free of atrocity would look like.

With genocide and crimes against humanity occurring across the...

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A Girl Like Rachel Lloyd

(2) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 4:40 PM

We've all seen scantily clad girls: on the street, on the Internet, in ads for "gentlemen's" clubs. Bodies and faces that conjure a myriad of responses: lust, fear, curiosity, perhaps even contempt, but rarely the most appropriate one: trafficking victim. UNICEF estimates that globally up to 1.2 million young people...

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A Mother's Worst Nightmare

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2010 | 6:36 PM

When I launched a campaign to end child sex slavery in the USA, I didn't imagine this might be something that I would blog about on the Divorce pages of The Huffington Post. Sadly, when I filmed a young mother recently I realized that her child was a...

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Humanity's Courtroom: The ICC Eight Years On

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 12:43 PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised the achievements of the International Criminal Court at a summit meeting in Uganda this weekend. This could not have been timelier: with 5 on-going investigations and one trial in process, the World's press and the countries that do not recognize the ICC should be...

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Humanity's Courtroom: The ICC Eight Years On

(4) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 1:24 PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised the achievements of the International Criminal Court at a summit meeting in Uganda this weekend. This could not have been timelier: with 5 on-going investigations and one trial in process, the World's press and the countries that do not recognize the ICC should be...

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