The event was attended by over 120 people and went very well.
I shared how I have been working on ensuring legislation is in place here in Virginia that would enable survivors of trafficking the ability to vacate any convictions they may have gotten while they were trafficked.
But my favorite part is always after I speak and ask questions. This audience included many people from the church's congregation as well as people from the community. They asked some really good questions that included: Do I have any contacts in the police department that could help trafficking survivors who contact me, answer: I know Detective Bill Woolf of Fairfax, Virginia. And I do sometimes have survivors of human trafficking that contact me and want to talk. Another question was: Why didn't I just leave? I get this question many times when I speak at events and I always have handouts that speak to its answer, handouts that explain how trauma bonding and Stockholm Syndrome are in effect with victims of trafficking and how these syndromes are keeping victims tethered to their traffickers just as strongly, if not stronger than metal chains. I also try my best to explain how trafficking victims not being able to leave their traffickers can be similar to domestic violence victims not leaving their and their partners.