We're so excited to have Laura join the team at Abolishion. She will work in the Restoration Care programme. She will also look at business opportunities for the survivors as this is one of their greatest needs. Welcome Laura!
1. How did you come to hear about human trafficking?
I learned about human trafficking in college, but the moment when the reality of this crime against humanity really struck me was at my first volunteer meeting at Abolishion. It was then when I realized this phenomenon is bigger and deeper than I thought!
2. What was your reaction when you heard?
When I heard about human trafficking I had a mixed feelings of shock, heaviness, perplexity and a deep urge to make a difference. This drove me to get involved in Abolishion.
3. What is your role in Abolishion?
I work as a social worker in the Restoration Care programme, coordinating the activities at the Training Centre. Our goal is that each survivor would live an independent life.
4. Why did you choose to work for Abolishion?
The thing that attracted me the most was the vision. I am really motivated to fight human trafficking and have a real impact in people’s lives. Also, the team was really welcoming and warm.
5. What do you think is the best thing someone can do to fight trafficking?
The fight against human trafficking is not an easy job, but it is definitely worth it. There are many tools to combat this issue (from law enforcement to after-care programs or prevention activities), but I believe everything starts with our perception on people – how valuable are they? This is why raising awareness is so important.
6. What do you think a world without trafficking would look like?
In my opinion, a world without trafficking would be characterized by a genuine freedom to be yourself and live the life you want without having to fear another person.
7. Anything else you want to say?
We can’t change the past, but we are responsible for the present and it is our duty to make a better world for the generations to come. Don’t shut your eyes!