The Internal Oppressor

The Internal Oppressor

Last weekend, I experienced a sensation that only lasted about 60 seconds.  It was the feeling of complete psychological, emotional and physical freedom.  It was a beautiful feeling.  Everything around me looked different.  The scenery looked more vibrant.  I felt...
A Culture of Trafficking

A Culture of Trafficking

I struggle on days like these sometimes.  Every survivor has their triggers, and mine is the military.  I don’t have a problem with the military men and women who have died for our country.  I think they are amazing.  I think their choices were selfless.  I have...
The Invisible Woman

The Invisible Woman

I’ve been celebrating lately.  There are many reasons for celebration.  I have graduated with a master’s degree and quit my job to begin work in the trauma recovery field.  Everyone is letting me know how proud they are.  Everyone is congratulating me for...
Slaves Come in Many Forms

Slaves Come in Many Forms

I have been a slave.  As a survivor of human trafficking, that doesn’t come as a surprise.  Human trafficking has been dubbed “modern-day slavery” by the media, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.  Many organizations use symbols like...
Two Different Worlds

Two Different Worlds

Recently, my twins and I went on a family vacation to Disney World.  There is nothing like a family vacation to remind me of the differing perspectives between children and adults.  My children are present in the moment.  They are optimistic.  They trust everyone. ...