A Texas Young Lawyers Association film project highlighting the problem of human trafficking has been named a Silver winner, the highest honor, in the 35th Annual Telly Awards.

The project, Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking, seeks to raise awareness of human trafficking at home and abroad through a combination of expert analysis and inspiring personal tales of human trafficking survivors. The project includes educational pamphlets designed to help the general public, lawyers, and medical professionals identify and appropriately respond to human trafficking cases.

“In creating this project, TYLA’s mission is to shed light on this horrific crime so that we, as a society, can take action to eradicate it,” said C.E. Rhodes, immediate past president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. “Receiving such a prestigious honor and award helps further our mission. TYLA thanks the [Silver Telly] Council for recognizing our work and sharing our vision for a slavery-free world. ”

The Telly, founded in 1979, is considered the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video, and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

A panel of more than 500 industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of the Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, which included nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Less than 10 percent of entries are chosen as winners of the Silver Telly.