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“Words will never explain the hush that ushered into Senate Room B while Holly courageously told her story. No one moved, no one spoke, and everyone listened…We discussed with delight the unanimous vote and we were all so thankful that we witnessed Justice.”
- Ellen Andrusia, RJI Volunteer Staff
“I finally met Holly on January 11, 2012, at the 2nd Annual NJ Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Statehouse in Trenton, NJ. Her heartfelt message was humbly presented to explain that although she was only “in the life” for 3 days at the age of 14, the severe trauma that she experienced affected her tremendously for many years thereafter. Now as a successful college graduate and career biologist, she is able to assist others to learn about this heinous crime and mentor those who have also been victimized.”
- Tina, President of The HEAAT Foundation
“Holly is empowering and motivational. Her experience as a victim of minor sex trafficking offers insight and reassurance that we are taking the right measures to combat the issue of human trafficking in our community.”
- B.C. Bonniwell, MSW, Henrico County Division of Police
“Holly participated and presented during the release of Shared Hope’s Protected Innocence Challenge in San Antonio this past year. Her professionalism coupled with her personal story brought a powerful message to the event. She is an amazing advocate in the anti domestic minor sex trafficking field.”
- Eliza Reock, Director of Programs, Shared Hope International
“Holly was generous in sharing her story, enlightening and educating many, that human trafficking can, and often does, happen to anyone. As a New Jersey native, her presentation at NJ’s recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day had great impact. While many in the audience already had a good understanding of Human Trafficking, Holly reminded us all just how easily someone can be caught up and then held as a victim of Human Trafficking. I feel honored to know Holly and to be given the opportunity to learn about her victimization as a young person and her triumph as a survivor. She is a competent, successful, and beautiful human being.”
- Kathy Friess, formerly the Program Coordinator for the NJ Human Trafficking Task Force and organizer for NJ’s National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, January 11, 2012
“Holly touched the souls of many people in the room today – I was one of them. I thank her deeply for taking the time out of her life to speak today and share a part of her life that I can’t imagine is easy. I thank her also for being so brave and speaking out and doing all of the hard work she does to make a difference so that maybe others won’t have to experience what she did!!
I know for sure that Holly validated a lot of hard work that many in today’s room do day in and day out – especially me!! There are days that you feel that what you’re doing doesn’t matter – and then people like Holly and others tell their stories years later and it clearly reminds us all that we need to continue to do what we do – because it does make a difference however big or small.”
- Carol Turano, School Based Youth Services, New Jersey