Survivor Voices

Looking ahead at the new year, we are reflecting on the survivors who have shared their lived experience, their expertise, and their fierce advocacy for others on the Ending Human Trafficking podcast.


EP. 19 – Runaway Girl

Survivors provide an important perspective on how we can work to end human trafficking. Dr. Sandie Morgan interviews Carissa Phelps and Marianna Smirnova about their work to end human trafficking and about Carissa’s upcoming book, Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets.

Listen to Ep. 19


EP. 30 – Survivor Advocates in Community Advocacy
Dr. Sandie Morgan interviews Holly Smith, Washington Times columnist, on her efforts as a survivor advocate. They discuss how Holly has played an important role in influencing new legislation in the state of Virginia and her efforts as a columnist to educate others about human trafficking.

Listen to Ep. 30



EP. 73 – Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern Child Slave
This episode of the podcast features Ensure Justice 2014 speaker, author, and survivor advocate, Shyima Hall. Listen to Shyima’s story from being a child slave to living in freedom and experiencing justice in this special episode.

Listen to Ep. 73


EP. 146 – A View from the Survivor’s Seat
Stacey Jewell joins Dr. Sandie Morgan to share how to help survivors find their voice and decide how much they want to share. They also discuss the responsibilities of both non-profits and survivor speakers.

Listen to Ep. 146



EP. 173 – Survivor Leadership
Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk to Harmony Dust about her book Scars and Stilettos and the work she is doing with Treasures, a Los Angeles, CA, based outreach and support group for women in the sex industry.

Listen to Ep. 173



EP. 196 – Ending the Game
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak are joined by Rachel Thomas to discuss psychological coercion. Rachel is a personal survivor of human trafficking and has extensive experience teaching, training, curriculum writing, public speaking, and mentoring.  She is the director of Sowers Education Group and lead author of Ending The Game: An Intervention Curriculum for Survivors of Sex Trafficking.

Listen to Ep. 196


EP. 233 – A Fierce Survivor Advocate
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Bella Hounakey discuss how the trauma that survivors face is often overlooked by law enforcement. They go into detail about the language that is used in court and how it has the opportunity to bring a survivor justice or to fail them. Hounakey also describes how a community has the ability to change the direction of a survivor’s life when they come around them and lift them up.

Listen to Ep. 233


EP. 234 – Relentless Advocate
Rebecca Bender and Dr. Sandie Morgan discuss the mindset victims experience while being trafficked. They consider the reasons as to why it can be so difficult for victims to leave their situation. They also look at how media representation of human trafficking affects victims and our ability to recover them.

Listen to Ep. 234


EP. 249 – How to Include Survivors
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Amy Rahe, Freedom Fund Director of North America, discuss the global anti-slavery organization Freedom Fund and their role in anti-human trafficking. They speak on the importance of organizations being survivor-informed and what that looks like in practice.

Listen to Ep. 249


EP. 252 – What It Takes to Get Unstuck
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Kathy McGibbon Givens discuss how to get “unstuck” in survivor aftercare. They consider the language we use, aftercare programs, and holistic approaches when serving survivors on their journey to become unstuck.

Listen to Ep. 252




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