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Claire Quigley

Human Trafficking activist. The Fem Word Youth Writer. Seventeen-year-old based in Potomac, Maryland. Rising Senior at Churchill High School.

Old Problem, New Solution: A Fresh Approach to the Issue of Labor Trafficking

Growing up in Seattle, Dulce Zamora always knew she wanted to give back to her Hispanic community and improve the lack of services and support provided for those less fortunate. A few years after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Dulce was hired as the Anti-trafficking Advocate but was promoted to Senior Anti-Trafficking Advocate last year at Washington Anti-Trafficking…

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We are not saviors. We are here to love you.

To be driven is one thing, but to be Jacquelynn Loos is a whole other. The first survivor on leadership at REST, a mother of a five-year-old, and an entrepreneur with plans to go back to school, Jackie is an example of what hard work can create. Beyond hard work, I have never met someone fight an uphill battle this…

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Flip The Script: A Woman’s Mission to Build Connections

Judge Regina Cahan is the Chair of the King County CSEC Task Force and relies upon the efforts of Kelly Mangiaracina the single employee and work force behind the King County Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Task Force. This woman is the glue in connecting all the amazing people involved in the anti-trafficking initiative. Recognizing that an individualized task…

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Now, A Part of the Picture

While initially being on the outside looking in, Kevin Connelly’s current job at Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) gave him a whole new perspective. Kevin’s previous ambition to tell someone’s story through the lens of a camera transitioned into him becoming part of the scene. Rather than capturing a fleeting moment of injustice, he now works directly alongside those…

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A Life of Survival

For a lot of people, working with human trafficking survivors can be eye-opening and empowering. For a lot of organizations, knowing the needs and feelings of the survivors can be difficult at times. But for Noel, this was her reality– she is a survivor. No one needs to empower her. She is determined to help girls and women exploited for…

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Paying It Forward

Already swamped in the pressures and workload junior year demands, Ellen Lee and Hana Pham found the time to create their club Pay It Forward at Roosevelt High School. While addressing an array of different issues, this club’s purpose was sparked with a passion to get the conversation about human trafficking started with their peers in school.    In Hana’s…

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Not Just Seeking Change but Creating It 

Sheridan Moore, an 18-year-old Girl Scout from Snohomish County, is an incredible example of the power youth can have in their community. Using perseverance and unparalleled grit to fight an overlooked and unnoticed global issue, Sheridan highlights the root cause of labor trafficking and has found a way to educate the community and foster sustainable change.    Known for her…

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Standing Strong Against Trafficking

Given its international border with Canada, large stretches of agricultural land, coastal ports, and vulnerable populations with income disparities, a huge network for trafficking people for sex and labor has developed in Washington State. However, Washington is also one of the leading advocates in dismantling this illicit industry, as it was the first state to pass an anti-trafficking law at…

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