JEN SPRY IS A FORMER HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIM WHO NOW WORKS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO ADVOCATE FOR VICTIMS’ RIGHTS
Jen Spry went through her childhood and a part of her adult life hiding a traumatic secret – that she was a victim of human trafficking and abuse. At age eight, she and multiple children in her neighborhood nestled in the Philadelphia suburbs suffered heinous abuse from Jen’s neighbor who threatened kidnapping and physical harm in order to sell the children to strangers for a few hours a day.
It was until Jen was in her 30s that she decided to speak out. Through intense counseling, she was able to face her past and dedicate her life to helping other trafficking victims. She became a Registered Nurse and joined several trafficking task forces. Jen is now a National Expert Adviser on human trafficking for Shared Hope International where she collaborates on policies and legislation that affect human traffickers and their victims.
We’ve had the pleasure of having Jen collaborate with our Safe Harbour program at Stony Brook University’s recent event for Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Check out part one of Jen’s story in the video above and follow her journey on our YouTube page.
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Cassandra Huneke was the Development & Marketing Specialist at EAC Network. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.A. in English and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Media Studies at The New School University in New York City.