Our STORY

Josh and Allie met in summer of 2014, through working on another project regarding human trafficking. About six months after meeting each other, Allie reached out to discuss the idea of creating a short documentary about survivors of trafficking and the lives they face post-rescue, and wanted Josh to be one of the interviewees. It just so happened that around the same time, Josh had been wanting to work on a documentary through The Gray Haven, and the timing could not have been more perfect for a partnership to form. Josh would bring his expertise and connections in the anti-trafficking field, and Allie would bring her experience in filmmaking to ensure the stories of survivors were told well.

Starting this project, neither Josh nor Allie had any experience in the realm of documentary filmmaking, and they are still wading their way through all that entails. However, they are both up for the challenge and are excited to be involved in a new realm of representing survivors. Pre-production and the planning process started in February, they hosted a fundraising event and launched an IndieGoGo campaign in May, and filmed from May-September in Richmond, Nashville, Washington D.C., New York, Charlottesville, and Seattle. Currently, they are working on the branding, editing, and distribution process, and are hoping to finish the film in early 2016 with a screening tour to start in late Spring 2016 [keep an eye out for updates on how you can show the film in your own town!].

From the start, it has been important to both Allie and Josh to be respectful of those whose stories they are telling, and to show the hope and strength that embody survivors of trafficking. Their hope is that those who watch the film will leave with a better understanding of who survivors are, what they've been through, and what life looks like for them moving forward. 


I think we have to be really cautious in terms of how we tell stories. I’ve wanted to stay more away from the narrative involved in their trafficking because to me those are very personal issues that belong to that survivor. They don’t belong to me. They’re not mine to tell.
— James Pond, Hope For Justice

IndivIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED

  • Jimmy Lee and Amanda Eckhardt, RestoreNYC
  • Melissa Segundo-Moreno, USCRI (United States Center for Refugees and Immigrants)
  • Bill Woolf, Detective - Fairfax County Police Department
  • Bonnie Martin, Trauma Therapist
  • Colonel Sellers, Chief of Police - Albemarle County Police Department
 

SURVIVORS

  • AF
  • KP
  • KT
  • MG
  • ML2
  • NA