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Survivors of Trauma: You are more than your story by Holly Smith

Are people just insensitive or is it that they really don’t understand the issue of human trafficking?  My dear friend and fellow survivor – Holly Smith – wrote a great article to her fellow survivors of trafficking.  She informed us that we are more than our stories. Many times survivors are asked to speak about the gruesome experiences while enslaved. Would you like to stand up before a crowd a tell them about your first sexual encounter?  Read the article and leave comments for Holly.

Who is Holly Smith:

Holly is a survivor of child trafficking and an advocate against all forms of human trafficking.  In order to raise awareness of human trafficking within the United States, Holly has appeared on the Dr. Oz show and has been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine.  Holly is requested on a regular basis to provide testimony and input to law enforcement officials, social service providers, human trafficking task forces, legislators, educators, and journalists.

Most recently, Holly was the keynote speaker for the April 2012 Trafficking in Persons Symposium in Salt Lake City, UT, an event hosted by the United States Department of Justice.  Holly works with survivors and anti-human trafficking organizations across the country.

When she isn’t speaking, Holly is working on a memoir about her experience with falling victim to child traffickers at the age of fourteen.  Holly earned a B.A. in Biology with a Minor in Writing from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  She currently lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and their Miniature Schnauzer.  Holly invites you to join her on Facebook or Twitter and to seek additional tips on her personal blog.

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How much do we value speakers? by Barbara Amaya

My dear friend and fellow survivor Barbara Amaya wrote this article for the Washington Times.  This has been a hot topic among survivors and Barbara expressed our thoughts in a clear and concise way. Please read the article  and add your comments.

Who is Barbara Amaya:

Barbara Amaya brings a unique perspective and voice to her writing, the voice of a survivor. Though Barbara endured early trauma and abuse, she refuses to be a victim. She aims to bring a message of hope and strength to others through her writing and spoken word.

Barbara volunteers with standupforkids.org a national nonprofit organization that works with runaway children. She’s currently writing a book, called Girl’s Guide to Survival: Life Lessons from the Street. Barbara is available for speaking engagements and you can follow her on Twitter BarbaraAmaya4, or contact her through her website at Barbaraamaya.com or on Facebook.

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