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Human Trafficking Series - Asia Graves: A Survivor Speaks

Date: 5:30pm EST November 21, 2013

In 2012, President Barack Obama announced several new initiatives aimed at ending trafficking nationwide, including the first-ever assessment of the problem in this country and a $6 million grant to build solutions. USA Today

Asia Graves is a survivor of human trafficking who uses her past experiences to help others understand the scope of trafficking in the United States. Graves has worked as the Maryland Outreach Services Coordinator and Survivor Advocate at FAIR Girls. FAIR Girls (formerly FAIR Fund) prevents the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education. Through prevention education, compassionate care, and survivor inclusive advocacy, FAIR Girls creates opportunities for girls to become confident, happy, healthy young women.

Asia Graves is responsible for facilitating FAIR Girls’ anti-trafficking curriculum to high school youth in the Baltimore area schools, youth shelters, and detention facilities. Prior to accepting her position in Baltimore, Asia served as FAIR Girls’ Survivor Advocate working directly with victims recently exiting trafficking.  Prior to starting at FAIR Girls, Asia worked with various non-profits throughout the country to raise awareness on trafficking. She also had several volunteer teaching positions in several public high schools in the Boston area.  

She is also a guest blogger for the Huffington Post and has been featured in USA Today, Boston Globe, Marie Claire, New York Times. She has been a guest on Melissa Harris Perry’s Show, Nightline and the Katie (Couric) Show. She has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Asia is completing her last semester of her Bachelors in Political Science and plans to attend law school in the future.