When I graduated this past spring with a Bachelor of Human Justice, I was slightly overwhelmed by the possibilities before me. Should I dive straight into graduate studies? Would it make more sense to gain practical experience through an internship first? Do I want to join forces with an NGO or should I pursue formal political work within the government?
Instead, I ended up in rural Mexico as an Art teacher for kids with special needs. Having no experience or training in Spanish, let alone any other qualifications for the job, I was a bit over my head for the first few months … But despite how far I was out of my comfort zone, I fell in love with the children I was teaching, and developed such a fierce affection for them that I couldn’t bear the thought of them being faced with any kind of harm, especially in the form of modern-day slavery. When one of the little girls I had grown extremely attached to disappeared for several weeks, my worst fears came alive. It was then that I felt affirmed in my calling to join the movement to end human trafficking.
After saying good-bye to my family (both those back in Canada, and the new family I had formed in Mexico), I moved to California to transform my passion into vocation with the Not For Sale Campaign. Since my arrival just one week ago, I’ve been marvelling not only at the breathtaking beauty of Half Moon Bay, but also at the overwhelming amount of work that Not For Sale does to engage people of all backgrounds in the abolitionist movement. I’m thrilled to be part of the NFS Fellowship program with the other six Fellows from all across North America, as we collectively work to bring justice to a world that, one day, as a whole, will no longer tolerate the selling or purchasing of a human life.