Kay Chernush


Founder & President of

ArtWorks for Freedom


Virtual Presentation

300 Days of Sun,

How Many More Days of Slaves?

Kay Chernush is an award-winning photographer with more than 30 year’s experience in commercial and fine art photography. Based in the Washington, DC area, her assignments have taken her all over the world for major magazines, Fortune 500 corporations, and both nonprofit and governmental agencies.
In 2005, an assignment for the U.S. State Department brought her face to face with the evils of human trafficking and modern slavery. Challenged and appalled by this human rights atrocity, Kay began working with individual survivors and anti-trafficking organizations in cities around the world. She developed an innovative approach, using collaged and constructed imagery that dignifies trafficked persons and re-frames how their stories are portrayed.


To broaden the scope of her project, Kay founded ArtWorks for Freedom in July 2011, to use the power of art in all its forms to fight modern slavery. We were proud to have Kay as our featured artist to present her talk entitled:

At the Intersection of Art and Human Rights:

A Photographer's Fight Against Modern Day Slavery. 

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