The Voices of Freedom initiative is a collaboration between the Office on Trafficking in Persons and StoryCorps to collect oral histories through conversations with those who have informed, shaped, and contributed to the successes of the anti-trafficking field over the past two decades.

Contact: EndTrafficking@acf.hhs.gov

All Voices of Freedom Interviews

Stories from 3Strands Global Foundation’s Employ + Empower Program – Empowering Survivors of Human Trafficking

Ashlie Bryant (54 years), Co-Founder and CEO of 3Strands Global Foundation, sits down to interview Kaitlyn DiCicco (30 years), National Director of Social Services Programs, about the Employ + Empower program. Through the program’s 4 years of operation, over 300...

Sophia Eftimiades and Nicholas Kuyers

Co–workers Sophia Eftimiades (28) and Nicholas Kuyers (24) discuss the anti human trafficking movement and their roles as advocates on the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

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Lisa Williams and Sharon Cooper

Lisa Williams (56) talks with her colleague Sharon Cooper (68) about her work in the military and the federal government, and how that influenced her work at Living Water, which provides refuge and resources to women and girls who are...

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Neha Misra, Janie Chuang, and Anne Gallagher

Colleagues in the anti-trafficking field, Neha Misra (51), Janie Chuang (47), and Anne Gallagher (57), all share their "lightbulb moments" of memories that shifted their perspectives in their work. They discuss the complexities of human trafficking and how it's understood...

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Rachel Niemiec and Elizabeth Hopper

Colleagues Elizabeth "Elise" Hopper (48) and Rachel Niemiec (37) discuss their work in the anti-trafficking field. Elise talks about entering the field as psychologist and how she manages secondary trauma. Rachel shares about her work as a sexual assault nurse...

Recalling the Trafficking in Persons Protocol negotiations and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.

A conversation by Trafficking in Persons protocol negotiators James Puleo, Mary Helen Carlson, snd Thomas Burrows regarding their work during the two years it took to complete the UN discussions.

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Santiago Perez Navarro and Estela De los rios

Estela De Los Ríos (66) entrevista a Santiago Pérez Navarro (54) sobre su experiencia como víctima de la trata de personas, cómo ha cambiado su vida, y lo que le gustaría que otros supieran sobre la trata de personas. [Estela...

Steven Procopio and Kimberly Casey

Steven Procopio talks with his colleague, Kimberly Casey, about his journey as a licensed clinical social worker and how he came to work as an advocate for male survivors of sexual abuse and human trafficking. He discusses the barriers, successes,...

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Hanni Stoklosa and Katherine Chon

Hanni Stoklosa [no age given] talks with her friend, Katherine Chon [no age given] about how her upbringing and faith influenced her decision to become a doctor, and how she has expanded on her role as a doctor by incorporating...

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Amy Richard and Alyse Nelson

Amy Richard (55) talks with her friend and colleague Alyse Nelson (47) about the evolution of her work in anti-trafficking. She recalls her work in the early 90s conducting interviews with human trafficking survivors through a fellowship, and explains how...

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Maria Echaveste and Luis C.deBaca

Friends Luis C. deBaca (54) and Maria Echaveste (66) discuss their early careers and arrival to labor law, share about some specific cases of labor abuse they worked on, and reflect on the larger global factors that contribute to labor...

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Patricia Medige and Anlan Du

Patricia Medige (55) talks with her daughter Anlan Du (20) about her path from college to law school to becoming a civil lawyer for immigrant survivors of human trafficking. Pat remembers some of the cases she has worked on and...

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Robert Lung and EleSondra DeRomano

Robert Lung (50) and EleSondra DeRomano (54) remember their first meeting, share about the work they do with survivors of sex trafficking, and talk about their own healing processes.

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Lauren Devine and Alexis Polen

Colleagues Lauren Devine (33) and Alexis Polen [no age given] come together to share their personal and professional experiences to analyze the field of Human Trafficking.

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Erin Williamson and Asher Marks

Spouses Erin Williamson (40) and Asher Marks (41) reflect on the years spent together, highlighting pivotal moments in their lives.

Ashlie Bryant and Gordon Jackson Discuss Human Trafficking Prevention Education

Join Ashlie Bryant and Gordon Jackson as they discuss the impact of education and training when it comes to human trafficking prevention.

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Jeri Jimenez and Elizabeth Pfenning

Jeri Jimenez (60) speaks with her colleague Elizabeth "Beth" Pfenning (34) about the experiences that have led her to become a voice for change for survivors of human trafficking. She shares about her experiences of sexual abuse in childhood and...

Megan Lundstrom & Angie Henderson, FreedomVoices

Survivor Megan Lundstrom talks with her close friend Angie Henderson about her experiences in commercial sexual exploitation, and her journey to healing. They both share their experiences in fighting commercial sexual exploitation, in particular how meaningful it has been for...

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Melanie Thompson and Taina Bien-Aime

Colleagues and friends Melanie Thompson (24) and Taina Bien-Aime (62) talk about Melanie's lived experience in sex trade. They discuss the systems -- racism and misogyny -- that influence the sex trafficking industry and talk about how partial decriminalization offers...

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Bukola Oriola and Monica Habia

Monica Habia (30) talks to her friend and colleague Bukola Oriola (44) about Bukola's work in the anti-trafficking movement, Bukola's own history with labor trafficking, and her hopes for the anti-trafficking movement.

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Laura Coleman and Howard Collins

Friends Laura Coleman (57) and Howard Collins (60) discuss their work in battling child sex trafficking, and highlight the ways our society and culture contribute to the continued exploitation of children.

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Bella Hounakey and Laura Hassan

Bella Hounakey (27) talks with her friend Laura Hassan (42) about her upbringing in Togo and the memories she has from her childhood in her village. She talks about being trafficked out of Togo at 8 years old and talks...

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Rhonda Sanco and Laura Coleman

Coworkers Rhonda Sanco (60) and Laura Coleman (57) talk about the work they are doing at Araminta Freedom Initiative to help vulnerable children and end child sex trafficking.