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

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Paul Chang and Lauren Devine

Paul Chang (48) is interviewed by his colleague Lauren Devine (33) about his childhood and moving from China to the United States, starting his career in the Department of Labor, and some of the cases he has worked on throughout...

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41:45
Katherine Chon and Catherine Pierce

Katherine Chon [no age given] interviews her colleague Catherine Pierce [no age given] about her work in the criminal justice system, with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and in the anti-trafficking movement.

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42:03
Paola Sanchez Valdez and Kate Cooper

Kate Cooper (35) interviews her colleague Paola Sanchez Valdez (25) about her community organizing work with migrant farm workers in Virginia. Paola discusses how she got started in her work, how her work has changed in the midst of COVID-19,...

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39:41
Fainess Lipenga and Marga Fripp

Marga Fripp (47) interviews her friend Fainess Lipenga (42) about her experience being trafficked, what it was like returning to Malawi after ten years, are her work in the anti-trafficking field.

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41:50
Benjamin Adriano and Katherine Chon

Colleagues Benjamin Adriano [no age given] is interviewed by Katherine Chon [no age given] about his work in the Human Trafficking Leadership Conference, his experience as a survivor of labor trafficking, and his plans for his career.

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49:23
Helen Taylor and Katherine Chon

Katherine Chon [no age given] interviews her friend and colleague, Helen Wong Taylor [no age given], about how she arrived to the anti-trafficking field, what she has learned from her work, and how parenthood has impacted her work.

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45:10
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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56:02
James Dold and Karen Stauss

Friends and colleagues James Dold (37) and Karen Stauss (46) discuss how they met, their respective work at Polaris, and the progress of the anti-trafficking movement in the United States and internationally.

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43:13
Julissa Ponce and Katherine Chon

Julissa Ponce (38) speaks with her colleague in anti-trafficking work, Katherine Chon [no age given], about her family's experience with labor exploitation, the impact of her parents' advocacy in her life, and the loss of her father this past year....

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47:00
Florrie Burke and Susan Champlin

Susan Champlin (60) interviews her friend Florrie Burke (78) about her experience working with the deaf community as a teacher and clinical psychologist and later working in the anti-trafficking field.

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40:48
Gina Agulto and Kevin Koliner

Gina Agulto (48) talks with her friend and the attorney in her case, Kevin Koliner (45), about her experience being labor trafficked from the Philippines to the United States. Gina talks about how the new position in hospitality was presented...

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42:54
Ronny Marty and Bukola Oriola

Ronny Marty (45) and his friend and colleague Bukola Oriola (44) talk about Ronny's upbringing in the Dominican Republic and the memories he has of his father. Ronny shares about his experience being labor trafficked out of the Dominican Republic...

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42:51
Suleman Masood and Robert Lung

Suleman Masood (27) shares motivation for his pursuing an education in law based on a lived experience in labor trafficking with friend Robert Lung (50).

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40:11
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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34:56
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...