TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

Could the “Days of Delays” finally be a thing of the past? The MTA unveils an ambitious ten-year plan to modernize your commute. We have the details. Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and one of the most anticipated sunsets of the year. Neil deGrasse Tyson joins us with a preview of Manhattanhenge. A new healthcare model is combining medicine and the arts to help meet the needs of New York City’s veterans. Anti-trafficking activist, Sunitha Krishnan, risks her life to save thousands of women and children from the sex trade. She joins us to share her story.

Aired May 29, 2018. 

TRANSCRIPT

TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS' THE MTA UNVEILS AN AMBITOUS 10 YEAR PLAN TO MODERNIZE OUR COMMUTE. HOW WILL IT WORK? AND WILL IT BE WORTH THE WAIT? AN INDUSTRY INSIDER BREAKS IT DOWN.

MEMORIAL DAY MARKS THE FIRST UNOFFICAL DAY OF SUMMER.

AND ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED SUNSETS OF THE YEAR? MANHATTAN HENGE. NEIL DE GRASSE TYSON IS HERE TO PREVIEW TONIGHT'S PHENOMENON THAT'S SURE TO AMAZE.

VETS THRIVE NYC. IT'S A NEW HEALTHCARE MODEL COMBINING MEDICINE AND THE ARTS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR MILITARY VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. WE HAVE THE DETAILS.

AND THROUGH FEAR SHE FOUND STRENGTH. RISKING HER LIFE TO SAVE WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM THE SEX TRADE.

THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS METROFOCUS STARTS RIGHT NOW.

THIS IS METROFOCUS WITH WITH RAPHAEL PI RAMAN, JACK FORD AND JENNA FLANAGAN.

FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY --

> CORPORATE FUNDING FOR METROFOCUS WAS PROVIDED BY MUTUAL OF AMERICA, YOUR RETIREMENT COMPANY.

AND BY PSE&G, SERVING CUSTOMERS, STRENGTHENING THE BUSINESS COMMUNE AND INVESTING IN THE FUTURE.

> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO METROFOCUS.

I'M JENN AIRE FLANAGAN.

WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH THE NEW INITIATIVE TO OVERHAUL THE CITY'S DECAYING SUBWAY SYSTEM WITH COMMUTERS FEARING IT WILL BECOME A DECADE OF DELAYS.

THE MTA SWEEPING PLAN AIMS TO INCREASE THE MODERNIZATION OF THE SIGNAL SYSTEM, IMPROVE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY TO PLATFORMS AND RESTRUCTURE THE DEPARTMENT'S MANAGEMENT.

UNDER THE PROPOSAL WHICH IS A FRIGHTENING THOUGHT TO ALL NEW YORKERS ENTIRE SUBWAY LINES COULD BE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE ON OVERNIGHT AND WEEKEND HOURS.

AND FOR THOSE UPGRADES, ACCORDING TO 'THE NEW YORK TIMES,' THE PRICE IS GETTING PRETTY STAGGERING.

JOINING US NOW WITH INSUITING IS TOM WRIGHT, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE REGIONAL PLAN ASSOCIATION, AN INDEPENDENT URBAN PLANNING RESEARCH ORGANIZATION.

TOM, WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

SO FIRST TELL US -- I KNOW THAT WE ALL KNOW WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING.

RIGHT.

THAT'S CLEAR.

WE HAVE TO.

SO A FEW MONTHS AGO THE MTA HIRED A NEW PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY, ANDY BYFORD.

HE COMES HAVING WORKED AROUND THE WORLD AND DONE TURN AROUNDS OF SYSTEMS.

HE BRINGS THE FRESH PERSPECTIVE AND OUTSIDER POINT OF VIEW THAT WE NEED IN NEW YORK AND HE LOOKED TOM TO PALM WITH THE TEAM HOW WE DO THE SIGNALS AND BY OUR CARS AND FIX THE STATIONS AND MONITOR THE SITUATION.

AND HE IS LOOKING INTERNALLY TOO THE MTA IS IT STRUCTURED AND ARE THE STAFF EMPOWERED TO DO THINGS?

IT'S NOT A POLITICAL PLAN HE PUT TOGETHER.

HE DIDN'T PIVOT FOR A CERTAIN PRICE TAG OR SOMETHING.

HE SAID THIS IS THE WHICH TO GO FORWARD.

IT'S A 15-YEAR PLAN WITH KIND OF FIVE-YEAR ININCREMENTS.

WHAT HE IS TRYING TO DO IS EXPEDITE THE SYSTEMS WE NEED, THE RECLE SYSTEM, THE SIGNAL SYSTEM, THE NEW CARS, THE STATIONS.

PRIORITIZING THE PIECES OF THE SYSTEM THAT BENEFIT THE MOST RIDERS FASTEST AND REALLY PUTTING AN AGGRESSIVE PLAN OUT THERE WHICH IS WHAT WE NEED.

OF COURSE AN AGGRESSIVE PLAN MEANS IF THE PENDULUM SWINGS ONE WAY IT SWINGS THE OTHER.

THAT MEANS PAIN FOR US AS COMMUTERS AND OF COURSE THE PRICE TAG.

RIGHT IT'S COSTING A LOT OF MONEY BUT WE HAVE TO COME UP WITH THE MONEY.

AND IT'S GOING TO MEAN THE RIDING PUBLIC IS GOING TO HAVE TO ACCEPT IN THE SHORT TERM THAT THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE.

THERE'S BEEN A KIND OF BARGAIN THAT WAS SOLD TO NEW YORKERS THAT SAID, WE CAN KEEP AND MAINTAIN THE SYSTEM.

YOU CAN RIDE IT 24/7.

YOU'LL NEVER NOTICE US DOING REPAIRS OR OTHER THINGS AND JUST KEEP GOING.

AND THAT BARGAIN HAS BEEN BROKEN.

IT'S FALLEN APART.

AND NEW YORKERS KNOW THAT BECAUSE WHAT WE SEE NOW TODAY IS KIND OF THE SYSTEM BREAKING DOWN ALL AROUND US.

AND WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IT'S GOING TO FAIL, HOW IT'S GOING TO FAIL, HOW LONG IT'S GOING TO TAKE.

I THINK THAT THIS PLAN WHICH HAS SCHEDULED CLOSURES, WHERE YOU CAN PLAN AROUND IT.

YOU CAN SAY I KNOW I WON'T RIDE THIS LINE ON THE WEEKEND OR I KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE SHUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

AND I'M NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT BUT I'D RATHER DO THAT FOR A YEAR OR TWO OR THREE THAN CONTINUE DOWN THIS PATH OF JUST NOT KNOWING IF I CAN RELY ON THIS SYSTEM.

WELL, I'M GLAD YOU BROUGHT UP THE INITIAL PROMISE THAT WAS MADE BETWEEN I GUESS YOU KNOW THE CITY, STATE AND OF COURSE COMMUTERS.

BECAUSE IF THAT'S BEEN BROKEN WHAT REASON IS THERE FOR PEOPLE TO TRUST THIS PLAN?

WHEN YOU SAY IT'S ONLY FOR THREE YEARS OR ONLY OVERNIGHT, HOW DO I KNOW THE A TRAIN DOESN'T JUST DISAPPEAR TOTALLY FOR TWO YEARS.

THAT'S A VALID -- LOOK THE MTA TRACK RECORD OF DELIVERING PROJECTS ON TIME AND BUDGET ISN'T GOOD.

THAT'S WHY GOING ALL IN ON THIS PLAN.

ANDY BYFORD AND HIS TEAM SAY HOLD US ACCOUNTABLE.

IT'S NOT JUST A PLAN ABOUT MAKING INVESTMENTS BUT IT'S ABOUT RESTRUCTURING THE MTA CREATING MORE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PEOPLE IN STATIONS WHICH AS ANDY LIKES TO POINT OUT HIS FIRST JOB AT THE TUBE IN LONDON.

HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT.

AND SO IT'S REALLY ABOUT AN EMPOWERING THE STAFF AT THE MTA, THE 50,000 PEOPLE WORKING THERE.

HE IS ALSO LOOKING -- NOT JUST ABOUT THE SUBWAYS.

ALSO PLANS FOR UPGRADING THE BUS SYSTEM, REDESIGNING ROUTES, BUYING NEW VEHICLES, CHANGING THE WHICH WE PAY FOR IT AND GETTING PRIORITIZATION.

THE BUSES -- EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING ON THE SUBWAY -- IT'S BEEN WORSE ON BUSES BECAUSE THEY'RE STUCK IN TRAFFIC WITH ALL THE OTHER CARS.

OF COURSE.

SO KIND OF ADDRESSING THAT IS PART OF THIS SYSTEM TOO.

I DON'T THINK WE HAVE ANY ALTERNATIVE.

THAN GOING DOWN IN ROUTE.

AND WHAT WE HAVE NOW I THINK IS A LEADER IN PLACE WHO SAYS, HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE.

I'M GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT I'M GOING TO DO.

I'M GOING -- HE IS GOING TO START REPORTING ON THE PROGRESS ON THIS EVERY THREE MONTHS.

SO IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY KIND OF OPEN, TRANSPARENT ACCOUNTABLE MTA.

THAT'S NOT BEEN THE CULTURE OF THIS AGENCY.

NO, IT HASN'T.

I THINK THERE IS A LOT OF TRUST TO BE MADE UP WITH FOR NEW YORKERS.

THAT'S TRUE.

IS THERE ANY PLAN HOW THE PLAN IS BEING RECEIVED FROM ENTITIES PAYING FOR IT.

WE'RE GOING TO ALBANY AND TALK TO THE LEGISLATORS.

AND SOMETIMES YOU WONDER IF THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON IN NEW YORK CITY AND HOW IMPORTANT WHAT HAPPENS IN NEW YORK IS FOR THE REST OF THE STATE, THE REGION, THE NORTHEAST UNITED STATES.

SO -- AND I THINK THAT OUR POLITICIANS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO STEP UP.

THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF TREP TAGS ON THEIR PART ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO COME UP WITH THE MONEY.

AND THAT'S -- IT'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF MONEY.

YES.

BUT THEY DON'T HAVE ANY ALTERNATIVE TO THIS.

AND DELAYING THIS ONLY MEANS IT'S COSTING MORE LATER.

IT MEANS THAT NEW YORKERS ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE MORE OF THE DELAYS AND DISRUPTIONS THAT THEY'RE SEEING NOW.

LET ME THROW THIS OUT QUICKLY BEFORE WE RUN OUT O TIME, WHAT ABOUT THE POPULAR OPTION FROM ALBANY, THE PIECEMEAL, A PIECE HERE AND THERE.

THAT WOULD JUST BE A DISASTER.

OKAY.

HE IS THAT'S NOT GOING TO WORK.

THE SYSTEM IS AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM.

YOU CAN'T PULL A PIECE OUT AND DO ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT WITH IT.

AND SO I MEAN THE BIGGEST THING HERE IS ACTUALLY BUYING THE NEW CARS AND IMPROVING THE SIGNALS AND MODERNIZING THE SIGNAL SYSTEM SO THAT OUR TRAINS CAN RUN MORE CLOSELY TOGETHER.

UM-HUM.

AND IN A SAFER WAY.

WELL LISTEN, TOM THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US AND GIVING US AT LEAST HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.

THANKS ZPLA BUT UNFORTUNATELY I THINK A LOT OF US ARE A LITTLE SKEPTICAL.

WE'LL WAIT AND SEE.

UNDERSTOOD.

THANKS FOR GIVING ME A CHANCE TO TALK TO YOU.

THA EACH SUMMER THE SUN EARTH AND MONUMENTS OF HUMAN INDUSTRY CREATE SOMETHING OF A SPECTACLE HERE IN OUR CITY.

DUBBED IS MANHATTANHENGE AFTER THE FAMOUS STONEHENGE MONUMENTS IN BRITAIN IT'S A PHENOMENON THAT ALIGNS THE SUNSET WITH THE CITY STREETS.

SO WHAT'S THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE PHENOMENON AND WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO SEE IT JOINING ME TO TALK ABOUT MANHATTANHENGE IS ASTROPHYSICIST NEIL DEGRASS TIE ZONE.

SINCE I HAVE YOU HERE.

I JUST WORK UP THE STREET PL.

CALL ME MORE OFTEN.

SO MANY QUESTIONS.

YOU DON'T CALL, DON'T WRITE.

BUT SINCE I HAVE YOU HERE LET ME TALK TO YOU ABOUT MANHATTANHENGE.

YEAH.

EXPLAIN THE PHENOMENON.

WHAT IS IT?

HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?

LET ME JUST SAY I DIDN'T INVENT THE FACT THAT THE SUN DOES THIS.

BUT I CALLED IT TO PEOPLE'S ATTENTION WHO NEVER REALLY PAUSED TO THINK ABOUT IT.

OKAY?

SO AS WE ALL KNOW, AS NEW YORKERS, MANHATTAN IS LAID OUT ON A GRID.

IT'S A RECTILINEAR GRID.

EXCEPT FOR BROADWAY WHICH CUTS THROUGH IT ALL, RAM SHACKLE.

ALL BELONGS ARE THE RECT ANGLES.

THE EAST WEST STREETS MOST OF WHICH CUT THROUGH THE ISLAND, EXCEPT FOR CENTRAL PARK BUT PICK UP ON THE OTHER SIDE.

THERE ARE OTHER OCCASIONAL BLOCKAGES BUT THERE ARE FAMOUS CROSS STREETS GOING RIVER TO RIVER.

INCLUDING 34th STREET, I THINK 36th STREET, 57th STREET, BUT NOT 59th STREET BECAUSE TIME WARNER CENTER IS IN THE WAY.

YOU GOT TO THINK THIS THROUGH.

TLRT.

YOU CAN ASK THE QUESTION, IS THERE DAY OF THE YEAR WHERE THE SUN SETS PRECISELY ON THE GRID?

AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS BOTH SIDES OF THE STREET ARE ILLUMINATED BY SUNLIGHT.

AND YOU HAVE THIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED TIMED MOMENT WHERE THE SUN -- BECAUSE THE SUN COMES IN AT AN ANGLE.

IT ONLY COMES STRAIGHT IN IN THE TROPICS .AT OUR HAT ATTITUDE ALWAYS AT AN ANGLE.

. IT APPEARS FROM BEHIND THE BUILDING ON THE LEFT AND SHOWS UP BETWEEN -- IN THIS CAP ON, STEEL AND GLASS CANYON THAT IS -- THAT DEFINES THE LOOK AND FEEL OF THIS CITY, AND BAM, THE SUN SETS RIGHT THERE.

I CALCULATED THE DAYS THOSE WOULD BE.

I PUBLISHED THEM IN LIKE 1996.

BUT NO ONE PAID ATTENTION BUS I SAID WHAT TO BE.

I SAID LET ME SETTLE IT ONCE AND FOR ALL.

I TOOK THE FIRST PHOTO OF THIS.

IT'S MANHATTANHENGE.

AND I CALLED IT MANHATTANHENGE.

WHEN I WAS A KID I WENT TO STONEHENGE.

YOU REMEMBER STONEHENGE THE SUN SETS OVER ONE OF THE -- THE HEEL STONE LINED UP WITH THESE OTHER MONUMENTS.

AND SO THE ANCIENT PEOPLE THIS MATTERED IT WAS THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER.

I SAID WOW YOU CAN LINE IT UP WITH THE SKY SO YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF CULTURE INTERPOSEWOOD THE UNIVERSE.

AND I SAID LET ME BRING THAT TO NEW YORK.

THERE ARE TWO DAYS ONE DAY TENDS TO HAPPEN AROUND MORE AND MORIAL DAY.

THE OTHER ONE HAPPENS NEAR BASEBALL'S ALL-STAR BREAK, IF YOU MUST KNOW.

AND ON THOSE TWO TIMES THE SUN SETS EXACTLY ON THE MANHATTAN GRID.

AND I TOOK A PHOTO, PUBLISHED IT IN EARLY 2002.

AND IT WAS LIKE A SLOW BURN.

BUT NOW THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FLOOD THE STREETS FOR THIS.

BECAUSE WE PUT OUT A PRESS RELEASE.

IN THE MIDDLE OF STREETS.

THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET.

CHAOS.

I HEARD SOMEONE SAY WHY YOU BLOCKING TRAFFIC FOR THIS?

AND I SAID EXECUTE EXCUSE ME YOUR TRAFFIC IS BLOCKED FOR TRUMP, CON ED, FOR POLICE ACTIVITY, AT LEAST ALLOW TWO DAYS A YEAR WHERE IT IS BLOCKED FOR THE UNIVERSE ITSELF.

SO THE REASON IT WORKS IS WE HAVE A CLEAN HORIZON TO NEW JERSEY.

THERE IS -- THE ROADS DON'T CURVE.

IT CROSSES THE HUDSON TO NEW JERSEY WHERE THE CLEAN SUNSET LINE IS.

JUST REMEMBER IF YOU DO THIS, LEAVE YOUR ZOOM LENS AT HOME.

IT'S NOT ABOUT THE ZOOM.

YOU WANT TO GO AS FAR EAST AS POSSIBLE SO YOU CAN LOOK COMPLETELY ACROSS THE WIDTH OF MANHATTAN ALMOST TO A VANISHING POINT.

AND ON THESE DAYS WE CALCULATED IT IS AN COMPACT LINEUP.

WHAT YOU HAVE IS THE BURST OF THE SUN AT THE END OF THE VANISHING POINT FRAMED BY THE STEEL AND MEETINGS CANYONS OF OUR TALL BUILDINGS.

ARE THERE MULTIPLE STREETS AND AVENUES WHERE THEY CAN GET THAT KIND OF VIEW.

YEAH, I MEAN THE BEST STREETS -- YOU WANT NICE BUILDINGS IN YOUR SHOT.

THE BEST PLACES ARE 34th STREET AND 42nd.

34th OF COURSE YOU WANT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.

42nd IF YOU'RE NAR ENOUGH EAST YOU GET THE CHRYSLER BUILDING.

IT'S NOT LIT UP BECAUSE IT'S DAY TIME BUT STILL BEAUTIFUL IN THE SHOT.

AND OTHER STREETS IT WORKS AND BEAUTIFULLY.

57th STREET THE BUILDINGS ARE NOT AS INTERESTING.

BUT IT'S ANOTHER DOUBLE WIDE CROSS STREET IT WORKS ON 14th STREET.

AND LAST I CHECKED UNLESS SOMETHING WAS BUILT -- YOU NEVER KNOW THESE DAYS.

NEIL I DON'T KNOW ANYBODY MORE EXCITED ABOUT THIS THAN YOU.

THE NIGHT SKY MY FIRST NIGHT SKY WAS THE HAYDEN PLAN TARE YUM AS A KID AND NOW IT'S THE PRIVILEGE AND HONOR TO BE THE DIRECTOR OF THAT FACILITATE.

AND I SEE KIDS COMING IN I HOPE I DO FOR THEM WHAT EDUCATORS AND SCIENTISTS DID FOR ME WHEN I WALKED IN THERE STARRY EYED.

IT'S AN HONOR TO HAVE YOU HERE WITH US.

THANKS SO MUCH.

THANKS.

> HOMELESS VETERANS SUFFERING HENLT ISSUES, OFTEN MOVE AMONG US SILENTLY BEARING THE COST OF OUR NATION WARS, PHYSICALLY EMOTIONALLY AND FINANCIALLY.

NOW HUNDREDS OF THOUSAND THOUSANDS OF VETS CALLING NEW YORK CITY HOME ARE GETTING THE HELP THEY NEED.

A NEW PROGRAM VETS THRIVE IS WORK WITH THE CITY'S FIRST LADY AND HER THRIVE NYC HELP PROGRAM HERE TO TALK ABOUT THIS AND SO MUCH BEING DONE FOR THE VETERANS ALL THE DETAIL IS RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL.

DR. LORIE SUTTON NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I WANT TO START OFF BEFORE WE GET TO THESE PROGRAMS BY TALKING ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND.

TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU DO GIVE US A SNAPSHOT IF YOU WILL IN THE MANIPULATOR AND PREPARED YOU TO SAY I WANT TO DO THIS WITH MY LIFE NOW.

I THOUGHT I WAS BLESSED FOR NEARLY 30 DAYS TO SERVE IN THE ARMY AS AN ARMY PSYCHIATRIST.

I HAD MORE OF MY SHARE OF OPERATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS.

GIVEN WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE TROOPS IN THE LAST TWO DECADES.

INCLUDING MY LAST ASSIGNMENT WHICH WAS TO COME TO WASHINGTON, D.C. WHEN THE ARMY WAS IN A SHAMABLES AFTER THE WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE AND THE SCANDAL AT WALTER REED.

AND IT WAS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO DESIGN, STAND UP AND LEAD THE DEFENSE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

SO I NEVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED AFTER RETIRING FROM THE ARMY ASSET LATE 2010 -- COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED THIS OPPORTUNITY HERE IN NEW YORK CITY, THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH.

YOU'RE THE FOUNDING COMMISSIONER OF THIS DEPARTMENT FOR VETERANS AFFAIRS.

ONE WERE YOU SURPRISED THERE WASN'T ONE?

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT THEN SAYING ALL RIGHT WE'RE GOING TO START ONE?

THERE WAS THIS CONVERGENCE OF LOORDSHIP GOING ON FOUR YEARS AGO WITH THIS MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL WITH THE SPEAKER AND THE NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS -- AND THEN THIS MULTIGENERATIONAL COHORT OF NEW YORK CITY VETERANS ADVOCATES AND CIVILIAN ALLIES THAT CAME FORWARD AND DEMANDED THIS IS THE TIME.

AND SO THE MAYOR AND THE SPEAKER SHOOK HANDS.

WE SIGNED THE PAPERWORK ON THE DECK OF THE INTRIP HE HAD.

AND WE LAUNCHED THIS JOURNEY ON JULY 8th.

WE WILL ACTUALLY BE LAUNCHING OUR YEAR NUMBER THREE.

I WAS INTRIGUED BY THE NOTION OF SORT OF A PYRAMID WITH FOUR ECHELONS INVOLVED.

STARTING FROM THE BOTTOM TALKING ABOUT CULTURE.

THINK OF THE PYRAMID, THIS MODEL.

C 41 CLINGLE TREATMENT AT THE TOP TP BUT THE FOUNDATION, THE STRENGTH-BASED FOUNDATION -- A FOUNDATION OF GRIT OUR VERSION OF GRIT IS GROWTH RESILIENCY INTEGRATE AND TEAM WORK.

THE FOUNDATION IS C 1 CULTURE.

CULTURE EDUCATION AND THE ARTS.

WE BROUGHT ONBOARD BRIAN DOORY BRINGING HIS THEATER OF WAR WORK TO SCALE ACROSS THE CITY AND REACHING OUT AND CONNECTING WITH ALL KINDS OF CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS, BRINGING, YOU KNOW THE ARTS TO OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS.

WE'RE MAKING A VERY BOLD STATEMENT.

YOU LEARNED ABOUT THE HEALING POWER.

THAT CULTURE AND THE ARTS -- IT'S NOT FLUFF.

IT'S NOT A LUXURY THAT SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR THE VERY AFFLUENT OR LUCKY.

IT'S LIFE, FOOD FOR THE SOUL.

IT CONNECTS US TO OUR SHARED HUMANITY ACROSS TIME.

IT REMINDS US WE'RE NOT ALONE.

CRITICAL.

THERE IS SO MUCH MORE.

AND I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THAT BUT WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO DEAL WITH ALL OF IT.

BUT LET ME GET TO ONE THING I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT AND I KNOW IT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU.

WE TALKED ABOUT THE STRUCTURE OF THE PYRAMID.

BUT I KNOW WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU IS THERE ARE OTHER PROGRAMS OUT THERE.

UM-HUM.

FOR WHATEVER REASON THEY DIFFERENTIATE AMONG VETERANS BY THE NATURE OF THE DMARJ OR DATE OF ZHARNG.

SO SOME GET ACCESS TO THE PROGRAMS AND OTHERS WON'T.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE THAT?

WE ADVOCATE FULLY FOR ALL SERVICES WSH O, ALL THE ERA OF VETERANS.

ALL DISCHARGES.

IF YOU EVER RAISED YOUR RIGHT HAND AND TOOK THE OATH YOU ARE A VETERAN IN OUR WORLD.

BECAUSE WE'RE THE CITY -- WE'RE THE BACK STOP.

WE HAVE TO BE THERE FOR EVERYONE AND WE'RE SO PROUD TO BE THERE FOR EVERYONE.

AND YOU KNOW, GOING WITH THE MODEL OF THE C 2 CONNECTION, THE PEER TO PEER BOND WE HAVE FOUND THAT THAT IS THE MOST POWERFUL -- MOST POWERFUL BOND.

THESE ARE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE FAITH TO THE DEATH FOR EACH OTHER AND OUR WAY OF LIFE.

TO CONNECT THEM TO MENTORS WE ESTABLISHED A MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS.

ALL FAMILY MEMBERS AND VETERANS AND WELCOMED AND JOINED AND WE HAVE 25 DIFFERENT O-S PARTNERING TOGETHER IN THE ECOSYSTEM TO GET THE RIGHT FOOT.

AND C 3 THAT'S COMMUNITY HOLISTIC SERVICES.

THESE ARE THE THINGS WE INVESTED IN TEN YEARS AGO.

PEOPLE THOUGHT WE WERE CRAZY.

I KNEW FROM TALKING TO THE VET CENTER FOLKS.

I KNEW WE HAD TO GO BEYOND THE MED CAPITAL MODEL TO INCLUDE THINGS ISAK PUNCTURE, YOGA AND EQUINE THERAPY.

THINGS THAT MAKE PEOPLE FEEL NATURAL AND BRING THEM BACK TO A STATE WHERE THEY CAN RESTORE SAFE AND TRUSTING RELATIONSHIPS WITH EACH OTHER, THEIR FAMILIES, COWORKERS AND GO ON TO SERVE LIVES.

YOU AND I COULD TALK FOR ABOUT AN HOUR ABOUT THIS WE'RE GETTING YOU BACK HERE AND TALK MORE ABOUT THIS AND TALK MORE OF THE DETAILS.

BUTS THIRD YEAR AND THE WORK BEING DONE IS MAGNIFICENT.

I WANT TO CANTING YOU AND THE STAFF AND EVERYBODY DOING IT.

OUR HOPE IS WE CAN COME BACK IN AND TALK ABOUT THIS AS IT CONTINUES.

I WOULD BE HONORED TO DO SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US FOR WHAT ALL OF YOU ARE DOING AND CERTAINLY TO ALL OF THE VETERANS FOR WHAT THEY'VE DONE FOR US THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND REMINDER FOR YOU, FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAM FOR THE CITY'S VETERANS MAKE SURE YOU VISIT US AT METROFOCUS.ORG.

> ACROSS THE GLOBE HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS THIRD LORJTS ORGANIZED CRIME AFTER DRUGS AND THE ARMS TRADE.

AND ACCORDING TO THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, NEARLY 15,000 PEOPLE ARE TRAFFICKED INTO THIS COUNTRY EVERY YEAR.

STILL MOST EXPERTS AGREE THAT INDIA IS THE EPICENTER OF THIS INSIDIOUS CRIMES AND ACTIVE ITS REPORT THAT 80% OF ALL HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THAT COUNTRY IS DONE FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION.

OUR NEXT GUESS, SUNGT AF KRISHNAN SURVIVED A SEX ATTACK AT 15 AND MOVED HER TO BECOME A LEADER IN THE WAR AGAINST SEX ABUSE AND THE SEX TRADE-IN INDIA.

THROUGH HER ORGANIZATION SHE AND HER COLLEAGUES RESCUED THOUSANDS FROM PROSTITUTION AND EDUCATED THEIR CHILDREN TO HELP END THE CYCLE OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION.

SHE JOINS US NOW.

WELCOME.

IT'S A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU HERE.

THANK YOU.

LET ME START WITH THAT ATTACK.

AND I MENTIONED.

YOU TALK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME.

SOMETIMES IT GETS A LITTLE TOO MUCH.

BUT LET'S START WITH THAT BECAUSE AFTER THAT ATTACK I'VE READ THAT YOU SAID TO YOURSELF I AM NOT GOING TO BE DEFINED JUST AS A VICTIM.

I AM GOING TO IDENTIFY MYSELF AS A SURVIVOR AND I'M GOING TO FIGHT BACK.

WHAT COMPELLED YOU TO DO THAT?

I THINK THE SHEER UNFAIRNESS THE WORLD AROUND ME.

IT BLAMED ME FOR A CRIME THAT I NEVER DID.

PEOPLE ARE BLAMING ME FOR EIGHT MEN ATTACKING ME.

AND I WAS THE CENTER OF SHAME, CENTER OF GUILT, CENTER OF OSTRACIZING AND EXCLUSION.

THE UNFAIRNESS OF THAT.

THAT PUSHED ME TO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS NOT DONE, AND I'M NOT GOING TO BE DEFINED BY THESE PEOPLE WHO I AM.

SO LET ME JUST TALK ABOUT THIS.

THE STIGMA OF BEING A VICTIM OF SEXUAL ABUSE, IS IT STILL PROMINENT IN INDIA AND AROUND THE WORLD.

I THINK THAT'S -- THAT'S ONE OF THE ANGER I GRAPPLE WITH EVERY DAY IN MY LIFE.

IT'S ANGER THAT'S DRAWN ME TO THIS MISSION.

AND 26 YEARS LATER I AM FILLED WITH NOT JUST ANGER.

IT'S LIKE AN OUTRAGE BECAUSE THAT STIGMA HASN'T CHANGED.

WOMEN, CHILDREN, CONTINUE TO BE VICTIMIZED FOR A CRIME THAT THEY HAVE NOT COMMITTED.

THEY CONTINUE TO BE SHAMED AND CONSTANTLY BLAMED FOR THE ATTACKS.

IT'S SOMETIMES THE CLOTHES THEY WEAR, OR SOMETIMES THE BEHAVIOR THAT THEY PROJECT.

BUT THE ENOF IT IS THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM.

SO NOTHING HAS CHANGE IN THE LAST TWO AND A HALF DECADES AND MORE.

AND THAT ANGERS ME.

AND THAT DRIVES ME TO DO WHAT I AM DOING TODAY.

LISTEN, YOU KNOW, WE HEAR ABOUT THE STATISTICS, THE GLOBAL STATISTICS ON SEXUAL TRAFFICKING.

AND THOSE ARE IMPORTANT TO KNOW.

BUT TALK ABOUT THE CONCRETE EXPERIENCE OF THE WOMEN THAT YOU HELP IN INDIA, THE WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN FORCED INTO SEX TRAFFICKING AND THEIR CHILDREN.

WHAT IS THEIR DAY TO DAY LIFE LIKE?

YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT THEY COME FROM, WHAT IS THEIR DAY TO DAY LIFE WHEN THEY ARE IN SEX SLAVERY.

AND EVERY CHILD, AGE 8 OF 10 YEARS IN A BROTHEL NEEDS TO BE CATERING TO NOT LESS THAN 40 TO 50 MEN A DAY.

WHICH MEANS THE AVERAGE DAY STARTS SOMETHING LIKE 2 IN THE AFTERNOON AND END FIVE IN THE MORNING NEXT DAY.

AND YOU KNOW, IF SHE DOESN'T MEEPT UP WITH THE TARGETS OF 40 MEET MEN OR 50 MEN SHE WOULD BE TORTURED.

SHE WOULD BE PHYSICALLY ASSAULTED FOR NOT REACHING THE DALEY TARGETS.

IT'S LIKE A MARKET, YOU KNOW.

AND EVERYBODY HAS TO REACH THE DALEY TARGET.

AND IT'S A HUGE AMOUNT OF COMPETITION THERE.

BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T REACH THE TARGET THEN YOU ARE NOT MAKING BUSINESS SENSE.

AN AVERAGE DAY WOULD BE GETTING RAPED 40 TIMES A DAY.

OH, MY.

AND AN AVERAGE DAY WOULD ALSO BE WITH GRAPPLING WITH A WHOLE WORLD OF INFECTIONS IN YOUR BODY PCH KEEPING YOURSELF INSANE AND INTOXICATED WITH DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND ALL KINDS OF INTOXICANTING SUBSTANCES.

SO END OF THE DAY, THE KIND OF HUMAN BEING YOU BECOME, IS A PERSON WHO HAS NO TRUST IN THE WORLD.

LISTEN, YOU KNOW, MOST PEOPLE HEARING THIS STORY OF WHAT YOU DO, THINK IT'S BEAUTIFUL AND HEROIC BUT NOT ALL FOLKS DO.

YOU HAVE BEEN ATTACKED.

YOU HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF ACID ATTACKS.

AND COUNTLESS DEATH THREATS.

FIRST OF ALL, ARE THOSE JUST A TRAFFICKERS AFTER YOU?

OR DO YOUR ENEMIES ENCOMPASS A LARGER GROUP OF PEOPLE AND HOW DO YOU DEVELOP THE COURAGE IT DEAL WITH THIS.

I THINK EVERY TRAFFICKER LOATHES SEEING THE DAMAGE I GIVE THEM EVERY CHILD I TAKE OUT OF THE CLUTCHES IS A HUGE BUSINESS LOSS FOR THEM.

THEY ARE NOT PEOPLE GOING TO HUG ME AND SAY THANK YOU.

THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING TO WIPE ME OUT.

THAT'S ONE CONSTANCY WHICH DOESN'T LIKE ME.

BUT MY BIGGER CHALLENGE IS THE WORLD, YOU KNOW, THE SOCIAL PERCEPTION, THE COMMUNITY PERCEPTION ABOUT THESE VICTIMS IS MY BIGGER ENEMY.

BECAUSE I DON'T MIND STAKING MY LIFE ON THESE CHILDREN.

I DON'T MIND DYING FOR THESE CHILDREN, PROVIDED, YOU KNOW, I'M SURE THAT YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE WILL BE ACCEPTED BACK BY THE WORLD AS EQUAL CITIZENS.

SUNGT AIFR THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

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