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Women, Leadership and Social Justice

On this episode of Nevada Week, we sit down with Abigail Disney, executive producer of the PBS documentary series Women, War and Peace, and some of our state’s own extraordinary women. Hear their stories of peacekeeping and social justice work women are doing globally and locally.

AIRED: 3/22/2019 | 00:27:16
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WOMEN HAVE PLAYED AND ARE PLAYING A CENTRAL ROLE IN BUILDING PEACE, EQUITY AND JUSTICE ACROSS THE GLOBE AND IN OUR OWN BACK YARDS.

WE'LL HEAR THEIR STORIES ON THIS EPISODE OF 'NEVADA WEEK.'

SUPPORT FOR 'NEVADA WEEK' IS PROVIDED BY: SENATOR WILLIAM H. HERNSTADT, CASHMAN EQUIPMENT, DE CASTROVERDE LAW GROUP, NEVADA STATE BANK, VALLEY ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION, AND ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING SPONSORS.

WELCOME AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING YOU THIS WEEK ON 'NEVADA WEEK.'

WOMEN WAR AND PEACE IS A DOCUMENTARY SERIES THAT IS AIRING ON VEGAS PBS THIS WEEK.

THE STORIES TELL OF WOMEN BUILDING PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE DURING SOME OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST CONFLICTS.

LOCALLY NEVADA HAS SOME EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN WHO'RE OVERCOMING SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES TO ADDRESS SOME OF OUR STATE'S BIGGEST NEEDS.

SO WHAT WE WANT TO DO ON THIS SHOW IS GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WOMEN'S ROLES HAVE BEEN, PAST AND PRESENT, INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL.

AND PEACEKEEPING AND SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK.

WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S THE MOST COMMON IN THEIR STORIES. WHAT ARE THE COMMONALITIES OF THEIR STORIES AND WHAT CAN WE LEARN AND INSPIRE AND EMPOWER US TO MAKE CHANGE IN OUR OWN COMMUNITIES.

TO HELP GIVE US INSIGHT WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO HAVE ABIGAIL DISNEY, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE PBS SERIES WOMEN WAR AND PEACE.

ELYNNE GREEN, LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT MANAGER OF VICTIM SERVICES IN HUMAN TRAFFIC TRAFFICKING.

ERIKA CASTRO, ORGANIZING MANAGER OF PLAN NEVADA.

KELLY SMYTH-DENT, DIRECTOR OF SCALING UP.

WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS EPISODE ALL OVER THE STATION FOR SEVERAL WEEKS.

ABIGAIL, I WANT TO START WITH YOU AND GIVE KIND OF AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT AN WOMEN, WAR AND PEACE IS.

THERE'S FOUR SEPARATE DOCUMENTARIES THAT ARE COVERING FOUR SEPARATE ISSUES.

TWO ARE IN THE PAST, AND TWO ARE IN THE PRESENT.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THOSE STORIES NOW.

WHY IS NOW IS THE SECOND.

IT'S A SECOND ROUND OF WAR AND PEACE 2.

WE HAD FIVE FILMS IN THRICH.

AND THESE ARE UNTOLD STORES.

THESE WOMEN DO CRAR JUSTICE AMAZING THINGS.

WE OWE THAT MUCH.

BUT THE WORLD HAS BEEN SUBTLY FOR PEACE AND SECOND OF ALL WOMEN LEADERSHIP.

WOMEN ARE STEPPING INTO LEADERSHIP.

WHAT THEY BRING WITH THEM WHEN THEY DO THAT IS THE EXPERIENCE THEY HAVE AS WOMEN IN THEIR CULTURES WHICH ARE EVERYTHING TO DO WITH PEACE.

THE WAY I FRAME IT IS THAT WHAT WOMEN IS FEED AND CLOTHE AND HOUSE.

THEY DO THIS IN EVERY CULTURE THE.

THEY TAKE CARE OF THE SICK AND DEAD.

AND NECESSARY PRECONDITION, THERE'S ONE THAT THEY NEED TO SUCCEED IS PEACE.

AND SO IF THEY'RE COMMITTED TO PEACE.

IF THEY FIGHT FOR PEACE AND IF THEY HAVE A SPECIAL CONNECTION AND UNDERSTANDING TO PEACE THEN IT'S BECAUSE OF WHERE THEY ARE SITUATED IN EVERY CULTURE IN THE WORLD.

KELLY LET'S TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF PEACE.

A LOT OF THE WOMEN THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX WHEN THEY'RE LOOKING AT PEACEKEEPING. YOU'VE BEEN INNOVATIVE.

SOME OF YOUR REFUGEE WORK WITH THE MENTAL HEALTHCARE.

AND CAN YOU PLAIN.

IT'S SCALING UP WHAT WE'RE EXPANDING EMDR INTERVENTION TO SERVE THE MASSES.

AS WE KNOW WHEN CONFLICT HAPPENS THERE'S A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE.

EVEN WHEN THE CONFLICT IS OVER THE TRAUMA LIVES ON.

SO WHEN YEF GEEZ COME TO THE U.S. WHEN I STARTED WORKING WITH THEY WERE STILL IN EMOTIONAL BONDAGE EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE FREE.

SO WE'RE EXPANDING OUR EMDR SERVICES WITH GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL SO WE CAN FREE THEIR EMOTIONAL BONDAGE AND TO LIVE PEACEFULLY.

EMD.

EYE MOVEMENT DESENSIZATION THERAPY.

THAT THE PEACEKEEPING IN KELLY MENTIONED KIND OF THE SOME OF THE EMOTIONAL CONSTRAINTS.

I DON'T THINK OF IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING AS WELL.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SUPPORT NETWORKS LOCALLY YOU ARE LEADING THAT ARE REALLY TRYING TO GET VICTIMS OF HUMANS OF TRAFFICKING.

I THINK THAT THAT THE ARRAY OF SERVICES.

IT'S NOT JUST MENTAL HEALTH.

IT'S NOT JUST SOCIAL SERVICES.

IT'S THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

IT'S THE FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY.

IT'S EVERYONE.

IT'S BRINGING EVERYONE TOGETHER TO CREATE THAT VILLAGE THAT SUPPORTS THE VICTIMS AND THE SURVIVORS.

IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE IMMEDIATE, IT'S NOT JUST WHEN THEY COME TO US INITIALLY AND THEY'RE GETTING OUT OF THE LIFE.

BUT IT'S THAT LONG JOURNEY.

IT'S FOREVER.

IT'S BEING THERE FOR THEM IN THE LONG RUN, AND BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE THESE SERVICES ALONG THE WAY AND RECOGNIZING THAT FOR THEM IT'S A LIFELONG CHALLENGE.

ERIKA, LET'S TALK ABOUT A LITTLE BIT SOME OF THE IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS YOU'RE WORKING WITH TOO.

ONE OF THE COMMON THEMES IN ALL OF THE DOCUMENTARIES WOMEN ASSUMING LEADERSHIP ROLES AND BEING INVOLVED IN PEACEKEEPING IN FACE OF HUGE OBSTACLES OF FEAR.

A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS ARE EXPERIENCING THE IT.

THROUGH MY LIFE I CAN EXPLAIN.

I DISSTIPTINGLY WHEN I WAS 7 YEARS OLD AND ME AND MY MOTHER WITNESSED A RAID HAPPENING.

THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME I REALIZED I WAS UNDOCUMENTED.

SO IT IMPACTED MY LIFE THROUGHOUT HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE AS AN ADULT.

AND THE THING MY STORY IS NOT UNIQUE.

THIS IS SOMETHING HAPPENING TO AN EVERYDAY BASE.

WHAT I'M SEEING WE ARE TRYING TO TAKE THOSE EXPERIENCES, TAKE THAT DIFFERENT OPPRESSION WE'RE FACING BECAUSE OF OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS AND USE THEM TO EMPOWER OURSELVES AND OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT ARE STILL LIVING WITH THAT FEAR OF BEING SEPARATED AND BEING DEPORTED.

THE ENTIRE WOMEN WAR AND PEACE USUALLY BECAUSE OF THE OPPORTUNITY NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD BEFORE.

IN THE FACE OF OPPOSITION THEY ARE DOING AMAZING THINGS WITH PEACEKEEPING.

WHAT SHOULD WE DRAW FROM THE SERIES TO SEE HOW LEADERSHIP IS HAPPENING WITH WOMEN AND SOME OF THESE -- THAT ARE FACED WITH THESE OBSTACLES.

ONE OF THE REASONS THESE STORIES ARE UNTOLD MEANS WE SHOULD TELL THEM, IT IS ALWAYS HAPPENING AND IT'S ALWAYS BEEN HAPPENING, AND FOR A LOT OF REASONS WE JUST HAD NOT TELL THOSE STORIES OR RECOGNIZE THEM AS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT.

THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT THING.

IF WE START TO ELEVATE THEM AND RAISE THEM TO A LEVEL OF CREDIBILITY WE HAVEN'T PREVIOUSLY GIVEN THEM.

WHO NEED THAT PERIMETER TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

THERE IS NO COUNTRY, AND NO STATE AND NO CITY WHERE I CAN'T FIND AND IDENTIFY PRETTY QUICKLY SIX OR EIGHT OR 10 SPECTACULAR WOMEN LEADERS WHO'RE QUIETLY DOING THE WORK ALL THE TIME.

AND THEY ARE EMPOWERED ALWAYS WHEN THEY SEE EACH OTHER AND WHEN THEY SEE THEMSELVES IN EACH OTHER.

ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL THINGS ABOUT MAKING THESE FILMS.

ONE IN ONE DAY I WENT FROM AFGHANISTAN TO ZIMBABWE AND COLUMBIA.

AND YOU CAN SAY THAT THE WAR IS DIFFERENT THE ETHNIC DIFFERENCES, THE WEAPONS, THE LANDSCAPE, WE TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE.

WHEN YOU TALK TO A WOMEN ABOUT CONFLICT NOT NECESSARILY FORMAL WAR.

WHAT WOMEN FROM HAWN DURING ARE RUNNING MIGHT AS WELL BE A WAR.

THE WOMEN'S EXPERIENCE OF WAR IS IDENTIFY YOU CULL FROM PLACE TO PLACE, AND WE PLACE.

WE CALL UP THESE SIMILARITIES ALL TO OUR BENEFIT.

I'M WONDER WHAT COMMONALITIES WE HAVE IN OUR WORK.

I'M WONDERING WHEN YOU WERE DEALING WITH WOMEN POPULATIONS IN EACH ONE OF THOSE AREAS ARE YOU SEEING COMMONALITIES HOW LEADERSHIP IS RISING UP.

AND ALEAN.

WHAT WE SEE AS SURVIVORS I THINK PART OF IT IT IS THERE'S AN INCREDIBLE RESILIENCE.

WE DON'T RECOGNIZE THAT AS LEADERSHIP.

WE HAVE TO LOOK AT HUMAN TRAFFICKING THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS.

IT'S THAT RESILIENCE.

IT TEACHES THEM THAT CREATIVITY.

THEY INSPIRE OTHER PEOPLE.

AS THEY TAKE THAT JOURNEY TO BECOME A SURVIVOR, THAT BUILDS, AND THEY TEACH US LESSONS THAT WE DON'T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND AT THE TIME BUT THAT OF ITSELF IS TRUE LEADERSHIP.

WE SEE THAT EMERGING EVEN IN THOSE WHO'RE STRUGGLING TO GET OUT OF THE LIFE.

KELLY, WHAT ARE YOU SEEING.

TYPICALLY WHAT THROUGH CONFLICT THERE'S A TYPE OF INNER SILENT SUFFERING THAT HAPPENS OVER TIME WHERE PEOPLE AREN'T TALKING ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE.

AND THERE'S A LEVEL OF SHAME ATTACHED TO IT.

WOMEN AND MEN ARE STARTING TO SPEAK OUT.

IN THE U.S. IT'S THE ME TOO MOVEMENT.

AND THE IMPACT.

AND THAT'S REDUCING THE STIGMA AND SHAME AROUND IT WHICH IS REALLY POWERFUL.

ERIKA, HOW ABOUT HOW ABOUT WITH IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS.

I THINK THAT THE BIG PEOPLE ARE REFUSING TO BE VICTIMIZED CONSTANTLY NOURP.

THE IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY IS SOMEONE THAT'S CONSISTENTLY TRYING TO FIND WAYS TO BETTER THEMSELVES AND EMPOWER OTHERS AROUND THEM.

AND IN TAKING LEADERSHIP ROLES WHETHER IT'S THROUGH THEIR EDUCATION OR STARTING THEIR BUSINESSES AND RAISING THEIR FAMILIES WHATEVER THEY WANT TO BE.

BUT JUST TAKING BACK THE AGENCY WHO THEY ARE, WHERE THEY COME FROM, AND STOPPING BEING VICTIMIZED FROM THE THINGS THEY FACE.

THERE ARE TWO IMPORTANT THINGS.

THE ONES WHO REALLY ARE THE CHANCE ARE THE ONES THAT STEP UP.

IT ALWAYS ENDS UP TO BE THE ROAD TO SANITY FOR WOMEN.

THERE IS A NORTHERN IRISH EPISODE WHERE MONICA McWILLIAMS GUYS I WON'T TALK TO THIS ONE.

SHE IS IT THAT THE VICTIMS CAN COME FORWARD AND WE HAVE EVERY REASON NOT TO COME TO THE TABLE.

WHY ARE THEY UNABLE TO DO IT?

THIS IS THE HEART OF THE KIND OF LEADERSHIP THAT COMES OUT OF A VICTIM POPULATIONS.

IT'S ROOTED IN A MORAL DISCOURSE.

IT IS NOT STRATEGIC.

IT IS NOT POLITICAL.

VERY OFTEN IT STRIPS THE WHOLE EXERCISE OF PEACE TALKS OF EVERYTHING CYNICAL BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO LISTEN TO THAT KIND OF DISCOURSE.

I WANT TO TOUCH UPON WITH THE DOCUMENTARIES SERIES.

IN TWO OF THE EPISODES WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CONFLICTS THAT HAPPENS IN THE '80s.

YOU'RE PRODUCING IN CURRENT TIME.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE ENGENDER EQUITY IN THESE COUNTRIES.

HAS THERE BEEN PROGRESS SINCE --

THE NORTHERN IRISH PROCESS.

THE WOMEN'S ENDS IN DISAPPOINTMENT.

THE PARTY WASN'T ABLE TO STAND FOR PEACE.

BUT THOSE WOMEN WERE SORT OF TRAINED AND SO THEY DIDN'T GO AWAY JUST BECAUSE THE PARTY DID.

THEY SPREAD OUT IN THE OTHER PARTIES.

IN NORTHERN IRELAND THE LEADERS OF THE MOST THREE PARTIES ARE WOMEN.

AND THE MAYOR OF BELFAST IS A WOMAN.

THAT'S PROBABLY THE BEST POSSIBLE AUDIOCASSETTE OUTCOME.

THEY'RE TAKING THE DISCOURSE THEMSELVES.

IT'S IN PALESTINE IT'S A DIFFERENT STORY.

IT'S NOT ISRAELIS BUT EVERY INTERNATIONAL ENTITY INVOLVED DOESN'T TAKE WOMEN SERIOUSLY.

SO WOMEN HAVE STEPPED OUT AND BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE AND THEY'VE BEEN SUPPRESSED, AND THEY'VE BEEN FORGOTTEN AND IT'S CLOSED AROUND THEM AS IF THEY WERE NOT THERE.

THERE ARE THESE ERUPTIONS OF THE WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP COMING TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

JOURNALISM DOESN'T COVER.

IT DOESN'T MAKE IT INTO THE LIST OF ANYTHING CONSIDERS SERIOUS.

THEY NEED TO KEEP POUNDING AWAY.

LET'S GO BACK TO OUR STATE.

WE HAVE A FEMALE MAJORITY IN THE LEGISLATION.

I'M WONDERING AT YOUR LEVELS IN EACH SECTOR HOW IS LEADERSHIP --

IS IT PRETTY EQUITABLE GENDER.

KELLY LET'S START WITH YOU.

IN THE MENTAL HEALTH FIELD ABOUT 75% ARE WOMEN.

AND THEY'RE STILL GETTING PAID LESS.

AND I THINK AGAIN, PREDOMINANT NUMBER OF THE LEADERS ARE MALE AND A LOT OF THE WORKERS ARE FEMALE.

SO WE SEE THAT INEQUITY AS WELL.

I THINK GOING TO THE LEGISLATURE WITH THE PREDOMINANTLY LEGISLATIVE PANEL WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS PEOPLE BRINGING THEIR OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AS WE LOOK AT THE BILL DRAFTS.

SO IT'S NOT ROOTED IN I THINK THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD DO.

IT'S ROOTED IN THEIR OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

IT'S THEIR STORY.

ERIKA, FOR ME I MIGHT BE ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES.

I WORK FOR A WOMEN OF COLOR ORGANIZATION.

FOR WE LEAD THROUGH OUR EXPERIENCES.

WHAT WE'VE BEEN THROUGH TO MAKE SURE WE'RE PUTTING FORWARD SOLUTIONS THAT ARE GOING TO BENEFIT BUT MAKING WOMEN AND WOMEN OF COLOR ARE INCLUDED IN THE SOLUTIONS.

I AGREE.

I THINK WE ARE SEEING IN THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION THOSE WOMEN ARE LEADING WITH THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES AND MAKING SURE THAT THE VOICES OF WOMEN ARE NOT ERASED FROM ANY LEGISLATIONS THAT WE'RE PUSHING THROUGH.

LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE VOICES OF THE WOMEN WE HAVE LOCALLY.

AND THE LEADERSHIP NOT ONLY THAT YOU HAVE BUT SOME OF THE WOMEN THAT YOU'RE WORKING WITH HAVE.

KELLY LET'S START WITH YOU.

HOW DOES SUCCESS REALLY.

I LIKE TO GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF ESSENTIALLY HOW OUR PROTOCOLS WORK TO HELP PEOPLE BECAUSE EMDR CAN BE SORT OF A STRANGE THERAPY TO UNDERSTAND.

LAST YEAR I WAS WORKING IN NORTHERN ETHIOPIA.

AND WE HAD A FEW CASE MANAGESERS THAT WERE HELPING US.

WHAT WE DECIDED TO DO A TWO-DAY GROUP INTERVENTION WITH 60 CHILDREN THERE.

THERE WAS A OF 16-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO CROSSED THE AIR TRAIN ETHIOPIAN BORDER.

THERE WERE LANDMINES NEAR HIS HOME.

HE HAD LOST TWO BROTHERS OF THOSE LANDMINES.

I'M NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS PARENTS.

CROSSING THE BORDER IS A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE FOR MOST REFUGEES.

THEY GET CHASED BY HYENAS, AND SHOT AT.

HE HAD A BUNCH OF TRAUMAS SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO THAT AND THEY COMPOUNDED AND COMPOUND.

SO IN THIS CASE HE WAS PRETTY SOCIALLY ISOLATED AND BEHIND DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATIONALLY.

HE WAS PRETTY ISOLATED.

HE WASN'T TALKING TO PEOPLE.

WHEN HE DECIDED TO JOIN THIS INTERVENTION HE WOULDN'T SIT WITH HIS PEERS.

HE WAS SITTING NEXT TO HIS SOCIAL WORKER.

AFTER THE MORNING WAS OVER HE HAD CREEPED OCCUPY AND SAT NEXT TO HIS PEERS ON THE EDGE OF THE GROUP.

AT THE END OF THE DAY HE WAS SITTING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GROUP.

AND WHAT WE FOUND IN PRE-AND POST TESTS THAT HIS ANXIETY SYMPTOMS, HIS DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS AND HIS PTSD SYMPTOMS WERE SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERED BY THE END OF THIS TWO-DAY INTERVENTION.

WHAT WE FOUND WE CAN RELIEVE THE SYMPTOMS PRETTY QUICKLY.

WHAT WE HEARD FROM HIS FOSTER DAD AND SOCIAL WORKER.

HE'S MORE ENGAGED.

SO THIS BOY WHO WASN'T ABLE TO TALK ABOUT HIS TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES WAS ABLE TO USE THIS INTERVENTION THAT WORKED FOR HIM AND BRING ABOUT KIND OF KICK STARTING THIS PROCESS OF RELIEF.

AND ALEAN, THAT'S A SHORT TRANSFORMATION.

IT'S A LIFETIME FORM OF HEALING FOR A VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

CAN YOU GIVE A STORY OF WHAT THE DYNAMIC AND WHAT THE PROCESS BREAKING OUT OF THE WORLD OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING FOR A VICTIM.

EACH STORY IS UNIQUE JUST LIKE THE VICTIMS THEM.

I THINK IF WE LISTEN TO THE STORIES THEY'RE LEADERS THEY'RE TEACHING US, THEY'RE TEACHING US WHAT WE NEED TO BE DOING DIFFERENTLY.

AND THE ONE EXAMPLE THAT COMES TO MIND I'VE BEEN DOING THIS WORK FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND THE LESSONS I LEARNED FROM HER TOOK ME BY SURPRISE.

SHE WAS IN A VERY ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH HER TRAFFICKER, AND ULTIMATELY IT WAS ONE OF THESE LOVE STORIES GONE AWRY, AND SHE ENDED UP IN OUR TRAUMA UNIT HERE IN LAS VEGAS.

SHE WAS DEHYDRATED AND SHE WAS MALNOURISHED.

ALL OF HER ORGANS WERE DAMAGED.

SHE WAS CONNECTED TO ALEMAN TURS AND TUBES.

I REMEMBER SITTING WITH HER, AND EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE SHE WOULD CRY OUT IN AGONY.

HER RECOVERY WAS GOING TO BE A LONG RECOVERY.

AT THE TIME WE WERE DOING OUR BEST TO PROTECT HER.

SHE WAS UNDER AN ASSUMED NAME.

IT WASN'T UNTIL SEVERAL YEARS LATER THAT SHE TOLD THE STORY THAT IF SHE WAS LAYING ALMOST WISHING SHE WAS DEAD BECAUSE OF THE PAIN SHE WAS IN, SHE WAS THINKING WHEN IS HE COMING TO SEE ME.

NOT WHAT IF HE FIND ME?

THAT WAS AN EXAMPLE OF THE INTENSITY OF THE TRAUMA BOND THAT DEVELOPED.

THROUGHOUT THE YEARS OF WORKING WITH HER IT DOES TAKE THE VILLAGE.

FIRST THERE WERE THE TATTOOS THAT WERE PART OF THE BRANDING WHICH IS PART OF THE LIFESTYLE AND SOME OF THEM COVER THE SCARS FROM PREVIOUS BEATINGS.

IT WAS GOING THROUGH TATTOO REMOVAL SO SHE COULD FEEL MORE A PART OF OUR SOCIETY.

BEYOND THAT SHE DIDN'T HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION.

LITERALLY HER LIFE KIND OF STOOD STILL.

SO SHE HAD TO GET A GED.

SHE HAD TO BUILD A RESUEÉ. SHE HAD TO START OUT WITH MINIMUM WAGE JOBS THAT DIDN'T ALLOW HER TO BECOME TOTALLY DEPENDENT.

IT WAS THAT LONG-STANDING SUPPORT THAT CONTINUES TO THIS DAY.

ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS WE LEARNED FROM THESE STORIES IS THAT THE VICTIMS PART OF THEIR SURVIVAL IS MAKING EVERYBODY HAPPY.

MAKING THEIR TRAFFICKER HAPPY.

PLEASING THEM.

SHE HAD TO LEARN TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR HERSELF.

MOST RECENTLY MADE A DECISION TO TELL HER STORY.

AND SHE FELT TOO VULNERABLE.

AND SHE SAID NO.

THAT WAS AN AMAZING MOMENT FOR HER TO BE ABLE TO DO.

ALONG THE WAY THERE ARE SO MANY STEPS AND THE LEVEL OF SUPPORT THAT THESE VICTIMS OFTEN NEED IS BASED ON THEIR ABILITY TO BUILD TRUST AND RAPPORT WITH THOSE PEOPLE AROUND THEM AND TO BUILD THAT SAFE NETWORK.

BEFORE THEIR NETWORK WASN'T A SAFE ONE.

LISTENING TO HER STORY, AND HEARING THE DIFFERENT PARTS IT HELPS US TO RECOGNIZE THAT IS THAT CHALLENGE AND IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S COMES EASY.

TALKING ABOUT DOESN'T COME EASY.

BEING AN IMMIGRANT NOT BEING LEGAL.

YOU'VE TALKED ABOUT YOUR OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

CAN YOU TALK PERSONALLY SOME OF THE BARRIERS THAT PROHIBITED FROM GROWING OR DEVELOPING OR TAKING HOLD OF SOME OF THE OPPORTUNITIES YOU HAD.

I CAN DISTINCTLY IN 7th GRADE I WAS ASKED TO JOIN THE NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY.

I LOVED SCHOOL.

BUT AT THE TIME OF END AT THE END OF THE MEETING WE WERE GOING TO BE TAKING A TRIP TO THE WASHINGTON, D.C. AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

IMMEDIATELY MY BODY WAS FULL OF PANIC AND I KNEW I COULDN'T PARTICIPATE BECAUSE OF THE I HAD HEARD IN MY HOUSEHOLD MY PARENTS WERE AFRAID OF THE POLICE AND GOING TO THE POLICE.

WHICH IS WHY MY BROTHER A U.S.

CITIZEN NEVER WENT TO THE AIRPORT.

THERE WAS THINGS IN MY LIFE THAT I FIGURED HOW TO MAKE MYSELF SMALL SO PEOPLE COULDN'T REALIZED I WAS UNDOCUMENTED.

IT GOT TO THE POINT IF I DIDN'T SHARE WHAT I WAS SHARING IT WAS GOING TO MAKE IT WORSE.

JUST TO CLOSE ABIGAIL FROM SOME OF THE STORIES YOU'VE HEARD HERE AND WHAT'S THE KEY TAKE AWAY.

WHAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL DO TO LEAD OUR LIVES -- NOT CHANGING OUR LIVES OR CHANGE THOSE AROUND US.

IN 1998 LAMA BOWIE WAS A SINGLE MOTHER OF FOUR CHILDREN IN LIBERIA BEING BEATEN BY HER BOYFRIEND LIVING IN A REFUGEE CAMP.

IN 2003 SHE LED THE LIBERIAN WOMEN'S MOVEMENT THAT BROUGHT THE WAR TO AN END.

IN 2011 SHE WON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.

SO FIRST OF ALL, WE NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL WHO WE DON'T TAKE SERIOUSLY.

BECAUSE SOMEONE CAN JUST LOOK LIKE A VICTIM AND NO ONE IS JUST A VICTIM.

IN FACT, VERY OFTEN THE STRONG EST PEOPLE YOU MEET ARE THE PEOPLE THAT EXPERIENCE THE MOST WHORE RISK.

I CAN'T THINK OF A BETTER WAY TO FINISH OUR SHOW.

THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING.

IN YOU'RE WOMEN WAR AND PEACE VEGAS PBS WILL BE BROADCAST ON MARCH 25th TO 9:00 P.M. TO 11:00 P.M. AND MARCH 26TH FROM 9:00 P.M. AND 11:00 P.M.

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THANK YOU AGAIN, AND I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN ON 'NEVADA WEEK.'