Sands of Silence – Special Screening to Fight Human Trafficking

Two years ago, I met Virginia Isaias, the founder of Fundación de Sobrevivientes de Tráfico Humano (Human Trafficking Survivors Foundation) on a photo shoot for the Latin version of Real Housewives called Rica, Famosa, Latina.

Special Screening of "Sands of Silence" Benefitting Fundación de Sobrevivientes de Tráfico Humano 501(c)3
Virginia Isaias

Virginia shared her harrowing experience of being kidnapped in Mexico, along with her infant daughter, and the abuse she endured at the hands of her tormentors, who were human sex traffickers. Her third escape attempt was successful and, over time, she managed to purchase the freedom of her daughter Lala.

Special Screening of "Sands of Silence" Benefitting Fundación de Sobrevivientes de Tráfico Humano 501(c)3
Virginia “Lala” Isaias Barajas

“Sands Of Silence”, is a documentary written, produced and directed by Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, whose sister was abused as a child in Spain in a cabana on a public beach within steps of other beachgoers. The film represents, “A 15-year quest to expose the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking from Asia to the Americas leading world-reporter Chelo Alvarez-Stehle to the windswept beach where her childhood ended and family secrets began.” (IMDb)

A special screening of the film to benefit Virginia’s Foundation was held in Orange, California at Cinemark Century Stadium 25 (Thank you Cinemark!). The screening was followed by a Q&A with Virginia and Lala.

Special Screening of "Sands of Silence" Benefitting Fundación de Sobrevivientes de Tráfico Humano 501(c)3
Cinemark Century Stadium 25 and XD

Also speaking after the film were clinical social worker Crystal Anthony …

Special Screening of "Sands of Silence" Benefitting Fundación de Sobrevivientes de Tráfico Humano 501(c)3
Clinical social worker Crystal Anthony

Jim Carson of the Orangewood Foundation …

Special Screening of "Sands of Silence" Benefitting Fundación de Sobrevivientes de Tráfico Humano 501(c)3
Jim Carson of the Orangewood Foundation

… and immigration lawyer Flavia Santos Lloyd.

Special Screening of "Sands of Silence" Benefitting Fundación de Sobrevivientes de Tráfico Humano 501(c)3
Immigration lawyer Flavia Santos Lloyd

Virginia has been tireless in her work to raise awareness of human trafficking and has spoken twice on the topic at the United Nations.

Special Screening of "Sands of Silence" Benefitting Fundación de Sobrevivientes de Tráfico Humano 501(c)3
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