I met a survivor of trafficking when I was in 8th grade. I was volunteering at a children’s home in Arkansas, and on one of the last nights she allowed her story to be shared. It impacted me greatly, spurring me to change career plans from research oncology (yup, research oncology), to documentary filmmaking and photography.
Over the past 7 years I’ve continued researching the issue of human trafficking, both here in the U.S. and abroad. I’ve done field research, read hundreds of articles, sifted through lots of legal documents, and watched many, many interviews and documentaries.
When I was 19, I started a student organization on my college campus, Students Ending Slavery, because I kept asking the question, “What can I do?” Staring into the face of such a complex and widespread issue is daunting, and even those with the best of intentions can find themselves bogged down with statistics and harrowing tales of torture and exploitation.
Now, as a graduate cultural anthropology student, my current research and fieldwork focuses on how legal frameworks towards prostitution reflect the attitudes towards women of color in (that) society.
Below are links to interviews I've done, articles I've written, and (Un)Registered, a documentary I made with four incredibly talented colleagues.
feel free to reach out to me with inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
For my graduate research, I will be studying the legal structures of the sex industry in Amsterdam and how they impact the workers. More info to come as the research continues.