#ReclaimTheNarrative: Dismantling Human Trafficking

From left to right: Merhan Keller, Reem Abdellatif, and Eliza Bleu.

Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transfer, harboring or receipt of people through fraud, force, or manipulation with the goal of exploiting them for profit or sexual pleasure. Women, children, and sometimes men of all ages and ethnicities can become victims of this horrific crime, which occurs in just about every corner of the world.

Women and children from vulnerable communities around the world, from Africa, to the Middle East, the United States, and Asia are often targets and victims. Many of AWRA’s founding members and grassroots activists are directly involved in disrupting and dismantling trafficking cases that result in abuse, sexual exploitation, child marriage, and female genital mutiliaton (FGM).

How can women around the world work together closely to dismantle the business of human trafficking? What can we do to bring communities together? How can global corporations and Big Tech reform their policies to protect vulnerable populations from exploitation?

Eliza Bleu, a leading US-based survivor advocate for those impacted by human trafficking, sat down with AWRA’s Reem Abdellatif and Merhan Keller to discuss and answer those very questions. Watch the full panel below.

Reem Abdellatif

The Author

Reem Abdellatif is an AWRA founding member. As a former foreign correspondent, her in-depth stories on women marginalization, gender-based violence, and domestic abuse are testament to her passion for creating social impact. Reem is Egyptian-American and is part of the first generation of women in her family to escape Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Egypt.