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Barbara Amaya

"Survivors of traumas such as sex trafficking are often some of the most resilient people. With the life changing services that HER offers, they can overcome the trauma, paving the road to resiliency and living life as a productive person can become a true reality."

Barbara Amaya is an award winning advocate, speaker, trainer, author and survivor leader in the movement to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Barbara has been actively raising awareness of the sexual exploitation of children and domestic sex trafficking since 2012. She works with SeraphimGlobal in the role of Senior Trafficking Advisor Policy Programs and Aftercare Services. Her first published book is an educational graphic novel, The Destiny of Zoe Carpenter, which includes a curriculum aimed at educating middle school students and her award winning book and expert testimony of escaping ‘the life’ after growing up from the age of 12 in the streets of New York City while a victim of domestic minor sex trafficking, can be read in her award winning memoir, Nobody’s Girl: A Memoir of Lost Innocence, Modern Day Slavery and Transformation. 

Barbara shares her compelling story of overcoming trauma as a source of inspiration and motivation in her presentations and trainings across the United States. Barbara was instrumental in the passage of the Washington D.C. Safe Harbor Bill in January 2015. Her legislative work also includes partnering with Amara Legal on a vacating convictions bill for victims of human trafficking in Washington D.C., D.C. Stop Modern Slavery’s end demand bill, and NSN’s Federal vacating convictions legislation. Barbara is routinely called upon by lawmakers to give her expert testimony and has testified in the Virginia General Assembly, the Maryland General Assembly and the Florida Assembly in support of legislation that supports the human rights and services for victims and survivors of human trafficking.

Barbara is a training consultant with the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center and has facilitated human trafficking survivor mental health restoration groups with Polaris and other leading non profits. She is a member of the NSN (National Survivor Network) the State Department Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force. Barbara serves on the international non profit ArtWorks For Freedom advisory board. In 2014 Barbara received the sought after James B. Hunter Human Rights Advocacy Award for her work in promoting human rights. 

In 2015 her book Nobody’s Girl was the first place award winner in both the autobiography and the biography awards for the TAZ author awards. Barbara was a featured speaker at TEDx Mid Atlantic 2015 her TEDx talk can be seen on YouTube.

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