Monica Watkins is a modern-day abolitionist
Episode 17 // February 15, 2018: When Monica Watkins traveled to Haiti in 2010 on an earthquake-relief mission, she was shocked to learn that human trafficking can spike in the aftermath of natural disasters. Monica, the daughter of two civil-rights activists, couldn't turn away. So she and her friend Jerry Chu co-founded the nonprofit Beauty for Freedom, which helps empower human-trafficking survivors through the creative arts. Since 2014, they've given more than $50,000 worth of supplies to global nonprofits and led workshops for more than 1,500 survivors.
Samantha Gattsek provided audio editing for this episode.
Learn more about the anti-trafficking organizations that Monica shouts out:
GEMS: Girls Educational & Mentoring Services assists survivors in New York.
Challenging Heights: Helps protects children in Ghana from trafficking, specifically around the Lake Volta fishing industry.
Polaris Project: Helps disrupt human-trafficking networks through global outreach.
Rescue Foundation: Supports survivors in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
New Light Kolkata: Protects Indian children in the red-light district of Kalighat, Kolkata.
Mentari: Helps survivors in the U.S. and Indonesia reintegrate into society, without shame.