The first Women’s Initiative grant from Alexia Foundation was awarded to Tim Matsui, who will use the $25,000 to document the sex trafficking of minors in Seattle and King County, Washington. According to James Dooley, executive administrator of the Alexia Foundation, “Matsui’s proposal highlighted a growing and serious problem that is an issue in nearly every city large or small throughout the United States.”
The Alexia Foundation created the Women’s Initiative grant earlier this year to support a photographer documenting “abuses against women in the United States.” The Alexia Foundation Photojournalism Advisory Committee chose Matsui, Mary Calvert and Carlos Javier Ortiz as the three finalists. Judges, including Foundation board members, an administrator from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and Brian Storm, founder of MediaStorm, reviewed all three proposals and awarded the Women’s Initiative grant to Matsui. A symposium, fundraiser and exhibition featuring work from the Women’s Initiative as well as other Alexia Foundation photographers will take place in Fall 2013. Each year the Foundation also awards grants to student and professional photographers who, through their work, “drive change in the effort to make the world a better place.”
Matsui is a documentary, editorial and commercial photographer and multimedia producer based in Seattle. Over the course of his career he’s worked on a number of projects that deal with the sexual abuse of women, including founding a non-profit organization that uses multimedia productions as a way to start discussions on sexual violence.