Voices of Pride

June 30, 2021

As part of our ongoing Voices of Freedom Initiative, we are celebrating Pride Month by sharing a few of the conversations where at least one recording partner is from the LGBTQIA2S+ community.   

  • Erik Gray and Robin Miller Visit disclaimer page Erik speaks with his friend and colleague Robin about their work within the anti-trafficking community. Erik reflects on the power of resilience and the critical contributions of survivors and allied professionals.  
  • Jess Torres and Dr. Susie BaldwinJess talks with their friend, colleague, and mentor Susie about their experience in the anti-trafficking field. They reflect the importance of focusing on joy in their work and their vision for how the field should continue to evolve to meet the needs of survivors. 
  • Jose Alfaro and Shannon Sigamoni Visit disclaimer page Jose talks with his colleague Shannon about coming out to his family, getting kicked out of his home, and searching for acceptance. He discusses how he found resilience in himself while being trafficked and highlights the importance of sharing his story to help other survivors and members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. 
  • Nathan Earl and Shanika Ampah Visit disclaimer page : Friends Shanika and Nathan discuss how they each came to the anti-trafficking field, their individual stories of being trafficked, what they hope to see in the anti-trafficking field, and how they would like to pass on the torch to the next generation of leaders. 
  • Wade Arvizu and Elizabeth Scaife Visit disclaimer page : Wade and Elizabeth candidly discuss the evolution of the anti-human trafficking movement and the importance of survivor leadership. They reflect on the humble beginnings of their friendship and their hopes for future advocacy, leadership, and best practices. 

Add Your Voice to the Archive 

We are excited to announce that we will launch the Voices of Freedom Archive during a live event on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (July 30)Interested in adding your voice before the launchCheck out the OTIP website for resources to help you get started.   

We want to hear from you. Your story, the moments that shaped who you are and how you show up to do this work, the lessons you’ve learned along the way, your hopes for the future… are reflections only you can share. We look forward to hearing your story! 

If you need technical support with the StoryCorps Connect platform, please email clientsupport@storycorps.org. For any other questions or requests, please email EndTrafficking@acf.hhs.gov.