Barbara Amaya -- a survivor of sex trafficking and columnist for the Washington Times -- had an epiphany after watching a newscast about trafficked teens in her neighborhood and broke her silence of four decades when she began to share her own story of being a trafficked child from the age of thirteen for eight long years in the streets of New York. Overcoming her own horrific trauma and abuse to bring her message of hope and overcoming adversity is now her life’s purpose.
She has become an advocate for human trafficking victims and survivors and she is a sought after speaker. She has spoken and shared her story in various media like Fox, Channel 4, More magazine, Animal New York, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, George Mason University, Shepherd University, Rotary Club Crystal City, Women’s Peace Federation, D.C. Stop Modern Slavery Walk Richmond Justice Initiative at the Byrd Theatre, and the Washington Times where she writes a column about human trafficking called “Telling it like it is” and more.
Barbara is working on getting much needed human trafficking legislation passed in her home state of Virginia as well as other states and has partnered with northern Virginia Seraphim Global in their efforts to fight human trafficking, change policy and ensure that survivors of human trafficking have the statutes in place to help them live productive lives.