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Thoughts

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. 2020 has been challenging and has disproportionately impacted vulnerable communities, especially survivors of trafficking. However, if you want to know what Empower Her Network stands for, hum the above song in your head and read below....

The network is heartbroken to share a piercing loss to both the anti-trafficking community and the underserved immigrant population. Priscilla Angenor, attorney and integral board member of Empower Her Network, left this world more capable than she found it. As we grieve in our shocked...

As schools, businesses, churches, and organizations across the country close to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases, survivors on a path to fiscal independence struggle. The women in our program do not have resources to stockpile groceries, pay for childcare, or make ends meet when...

A common argument for the decriminalization of sex work is that if women choose to sell their body, that’s their right. In discussions, this can be positioned as a feminist, almost entrepreneurial stance. Coming from the anti-trafficking world, I look at this with a different...

Yesterday congress performed a rare feat in near-perfect unity by doing the right thing despite pressure from the deep pockets of Silicon Valley. Three cheers for the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The victory is shadowed by one painful question: why the hell did it...

Women talk a lot these days about finding their “voice”—after enduring lifetimes of insecurity and self-doubt, experiences of sexual harassment, or the simple day-to-day experience of a culture that encourages—or enforces—women’s silence.  How do you find your voice when you’ve been silenced for so long?...

When collaborating with a survivor of human trafficking, there are times an exchange punches me, taking my breath for a moment.  This week I checked in on Harriet after an involved surgery that landed her 4 weeks of bedrest and asked if she knew what...

Imagine you are a young girl living in poverty.  Someone comes in and promises hope for your future, a better life for you and your family.  You take that opportunity, only to learn that you were tricked.  You find yourself being a commodity of a...