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Maria Suarez: Human Trafficking Survivor, Advocate, and Unsung Hero

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/womanwrites/item/maria_suarez_human_trafficking_survivor_advocate_and_unsung_hero

Maria Suarez is the Volunteer Coordinator and a paraprofessional Talkline Counselor for the Women Helping Women department at NCJW/LA. She is warm, kind, always smiling, and a great cook who loves to bring in her famous dishes to work to share with colleagues. She is also a survivor of human trafficking. This year Maria received the Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles Award from the California Community Foundation. This is a summary of her story of six years in slavery in Southern California, 23 more in prison, and then freedom, self-fulfillment, and inspiring leadership.

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