Not many people know that I grew up on welfare. I guess the cat is out of the bag now. Money was something that always made all conversations tense in our home. There was never enough it seemed, and how it was spent was always under scrutiny. 

I remember my mom being on...

Can someone take my dignity; can it be stripped away?

These questions haunt us. 

There are those who would say you can never take my dignity, but when it comes to the end for her, what is actually left?

There were no clothes; there was no bed; her family is gone...

I sat in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee reading my pre-written remarks on why they needed to change the language in the proposed bill allowing not just misdemeanors, but also felony charges, to be considered for vacatur and sealing for victims of sex trafficki...

A couple of weeks ago, Congress passed the FOSTA-SESTA bill and the President signed it into law. If you do a quick google search on this bill, you will see a host of articles written on why this bill is controversial.

It is being seen as an infringement on freedom of s...

I hear the same story told over and over again in a variety of ways.

He told me he loved me.

He was the best guy I ever met.

He gave me a ring and said we were forever.

I had to do it, it was the only way for me to show him how much I loved him.

There are a lot of things a...

This month is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. While I am all for more people being exposed to this horror, and learning what they can practically do to become a part of the anti-trafficking movement, we thought we would take a different approach to this yea...

Love is a pretty overused word these days. I love coffee. I love cheeseburgers. I love the Michigan State Spartans. I love my husband. One of these things is not like the other, right?

Not only is this word overused, it can also be a word that has been used to confuse a...

When I first started this job, I really had no idea what to expect. The one thing that I knew for certain was that the women I was about to serve coming into the safe home would be like me, but also not like me at all.

I knew that they would be like me in that they woul...

"We will never be able to help every victim that is being trafficked." These words rung out over the crowd of movers and shakers sitting there waiting to be inspired to give more time, money, and talent to this movement. The survivor who spoke them said this with confi...

We live in a pretty weird world these days. This past month in the celebrity world, the founder of Playboy, Hugh Hefner, passed away. The response in the celebrity world was to praise this man for his edgy-work, bringing sex and sexuality to a common place where it was...

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