We often train the community based on our experiences working directly with human trafficking survivors. Sometimes, it is difficult for the public to grasp the multitude of issues human trafficking survivors can present with when they come into the Restored Wings Program. Our presentation includes a list of physical and psychosocial signs of potential trafficking victims, and a list of short and long-term effects of trafficking. We did not pull these from a website – every single issue on these lists are from our experiences working with trafficking survivors.
SHAMERE MCKENZIE was simply trying to find a way to pay her college tuition when she met her trafficker. He seemed like a nice guy, and he promised her she could make money dancing. Instead he forced her into sex slavery.
Major life change, especially when considering a long-term program like ours, is going to be overwhelming and scary. However, if we can help new residents focus on the small choices and on their day-to-day instead of their “months down the road,” life does not seem so scary or overwhelming.
When a woman graduates from the Restored Wings Program, it is solely up to her whether she tells her story and whether she is even ready to tell it. If they are not ready, they should never be asked or pressured to tell their stories. There are programs and even survivor trainings available to anyone wanting to learn when and how to tell their story the right way.