I’m back in the human trafficking field and VP of Policy for Street Grace a non-profit focused on preventing human trafficking through equip parents and other authority figures to protect children and eliminating the threat by combating demand.
After taking a year and half away from trafficking I feel like I am back home and back with family, as I rejoin all my friends who have been fighting to end human trafficking. Why I chose to join Street Grace and work on the prevention and anti-demand side of the issue this time, rather than return to prosecution, is explained in this post.
I’m leaving the words I wrote before when I worked in human trafficking below, but I expect we will see a bit of a change in the amount I include my trafficking life on this blog now. Before my husband died, I made real efforts to keep my work life separate from my personal life. But as I explained on the page I have posted about my in between pro-life job, I am now more interested in making my life a coherent whole. This is partially to combat the trauma that tries to prevent my brain from fitting all the pieces of my life together, but also because now that I am on the prevention side of human trafficking, I am hoping that the job itself will be less traumatic.
The Previous Trafficking Work
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This was my other world. For five years I was a human trafficking prosecutor. First I was the head of the Fulton County Human Trafficking Unit and later the chief human trafficking prosecutor for the state of Georgia. I have moved onto another job that seeks to protect the vulnerable, but a lot of who I am and what I do is still connected to this world.
It’s what I did when I was not with my baby. I didn’t say much about that world on this site because in a way this site was my attempt to stay in the world I found while on maternity leave, a world where the vulnerable are not killed and exploited. For me there are two worlds, but there are probably as many worlds as there are people. For me there is one world where all children I know have been exploited as prostitutes and raped by family members, where I watch the news to see what people are saying about all I’ve dealt with during the day and what I’ll have to deal with tomorrow, and where people are stressed, passionate, burned out, crude and jaded.
And there is another world, where cleaning house and feeding babies are priorities, where I listen to books and talk about living intentionally slow, and where I do not watch the news.
To some extent this blog is an effort to focus on the good life and not let the evil life take over my mind and world view. It is an effort to follow this verse.
It is on this separate page that I add some of the “rest of my life” to put into context some of my posts about non-profits, violence, child abuse and vicarious trauma.
Video and article about one of the many, many events I have spoke at recently.
A case of justice being served.