Author Archives: Evelyn Chumbow

About Evelyn Chumbow

Evelyn is a powerful and inspiring speaker who was brought from her native Cameroon to be a slave in the US.    She tells us, "I was inspired to be part of this movement because I was once a child slave myself. My goal is to help inform people all over the world that modern day slavery is still going on around us." Today, Evelyn is a full-time student in the University of Maryland University College majoring in Homeland Security. She has decided to focus her life and work on humanitarian issues. She is strongly passionate about ending human trafficking. "Where I come from, lack of knowledge about human trafficking and human rights is an everyday reality. I am the first woman from my country of Cameroon in West Africa to have been fortunate enough to escape enslavement and gain a university education about human trafficking. I now understand that I am in a unique position to do something about human trafficking in West Africa, in my hometown, and the rest of the world." To book Evelyn as a speaker or to read more about her, go to Evelyn's main page.  

Event at the White House

I attended an event at the White House on Monday, September 16th on human trafficking. I felt very honored when Ambassador Luis CdeBaca recognized me. It has been over ten years since I last saw him. I use to meet with him and other senators to share my story. He told me how proud he was that I am still voicing my story to the world. The Coordinator for the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships asked me before the event what my action tracks are to help contribute to the anti-trafficking movement. I told her mine would be to help survivors beyond the regular help that is being offered, to help prevent modern day slavery, and for all forms of human trafficking to be looked at as one issue and not as separate problems. It was very nice for Humanity United to put on the event, though I wish that there were more people at the event who were really passionate about this fight. I am going to stay focused on sharing my story and helping the survivors.

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CNN focuses on Evelyn’s story of enslavement

CNN focuses on Evelyn's story of enslavement.

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Beatings, Isolation and Fear: The Life of a Slave in the U.S. – ABC News

Check out this feature article on Evelyn’s life as an enslaved domestic worker in Maryland.

Beatings, Isolation and Fear: The Life of a Slave in the U.S. – ABC News.

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CNN focuses on Evelyn’s story of enslavement

This year, CNN is dedicated to reporting on modern day slavery through the CNN Freedom Project.  As part of its on-going feature on the lives of people who have been enslaved, they visited with Evelyn Chumbow, a Survivors of Slavery speaker.  In this video, she tells about her shocking life story, her recovery, and her dreams to end slavery in her lifetime.

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