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January is national slavery and human trafficking awareness month. Join us in standing with immigrant survivors. #HTAM2022
Human Trafficking Awareness Month - A Conversation with Survivors
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Far too often in the anti-trafficking movement, survivors are not given a seat at the table. By failing to meaningfully engage survivors in anti-trafficking work, we shut out the true experts.

Join the conversation on Wednesday, January 26 from 5 - 6 PM for Ayuda’s annual Human Trafficking Awareness Month panel: A Conversation with #Survivors of Trafficking. This discussion will honor the lived experiences of trafficking survivors and #activists Evelyn Chumbow and Ronny Marty.

Evelyn and Ronny will be joined by Ayuda case manager, Kirstie Sippola, and Ayuda attorney, Gaby Brito.

We will take a macro-level view at the importance of providing a wide array of services that support survivors and their sustained exit from trafficking, including short-term necessities like clothing, food and emergency medical services to longer-term needs like mental health care, housing and reintegrating into society.

This panel discussion will be moderated by Jessica Contrera, Washington Post reporter, and is sponsored by Southwest Airlines - Ayuda's preferred airline partner.

Jan 26, 2022 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Evelyn Chumbow
Survivor of child labor trafficking and anti-trafficking activist
Evelyn Chumbow is a survivor of child labor trafficking turned anti-trafficking activist and public speaker who focuses her life’s work on ending modern-day slavery. Today, Chumbow works tirelessly to raise awareness in communities to create employment opportunities for trafficking survivors.
Gabriela Brito
Immigration Staff Attorney @Ayuda
Gabriela Brito is an immigration staff attorney at Ayuda, a nonprofit organization that provides legal, social, and language services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. She focuses on representing individuals in removal proceedings, asylum matters, VAWA, U and T visa petitions, and special immigrant juvenile status petitions. She received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and her B.A. in International Relations and Italian Studies from Tufts University.
Kirstie Sippola
Senior Case Manager @Ayuda
Kirstie Sippola is a Senior Case Manager at Ayuda, where she works with low-income immigrants to stabilize their lives and achieve their goals after surviving a crime. Many of her clients are unaccompanied minors and single mothers. Besides her casework, she also manages Ayuda’s client assistance programs, including a food pantry and diaper bank. Kirstie is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University in 2018 with a degree in International Studies and Spanish.
Jessica Contrera
Reporter for The Washington Post
Jessica Contrera is a reporter for The Washington Post, where she writes about people whose lives are shaped by the issues in the news. Her 2019 story about Chrystul Kizer, a sex trafficking survivor facing life in prison for the death of her abuser, helped bring international attention to the issues of affirmative defense and safe harbor. Jessica has continued writing in-depth stories about these topics and other nuanced issues involved in the response to trafficking. Most recently, she investigated the arrest and jailing of child sex trafficking victims in Nevada.
Laura Nieto
Director of Community Outreach @Southwest Airlines
Laura S. Nieto serves as Director of Community Outreach at Southwest Airlines, where she leads the Company’s corporate giving and stewardship strategy. Founded on the principles of loving People, building resilience and living responsibly, Laura oversees Southwest’s strategic community investments, employee engagement and volunteerism, foundation giving, sustainability programs and social impact initiatives.
Ronny Marty
Certified Public Accountant, hospitality manager, independent anti-human trafficking consultant, and anti-trafficking advocate
Mr. Ronny Marty is a Certified Public Accountant, hospitality manager, independent anti-human trafficking consultant, and anti-trafficking advocate. In December 2020 Mr. Marty was appointed by ODIHR/OSCE as member of ISTAC International Survivor of Trafficking Advisory Council. In December 2015 Mr. Marty was appointed by President Obama to become a member of the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and re-appointed by President Donald Trump. He brings his knowledge and experience to advise and provide policy recommendations to the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF).