Freedom is…laughter. learning how to let people love me. having hope. Not having to look over my Shoulder.

From the Sparrows

Julia and her twin brother were born in Russia 1992 and placed into an orphanage. They were adopted and moved to Texas, where they grew up.  Julia went off to college in 2010, where she fell victim to the dark world of dating violence, drugs, and human trafficking. Julia suffered at the hands of multiple traffickers before being rescued in 2014 through the efforts of the Waco PD Crimes Against Children Unit, and Lubbock Police Vice Units. She began the long road of recovery to survivorship, entering the Redeemed Ministries safe house program in the summer of 2014 and graduating in August of 2015. Her commitment to healing and her resilience have allowed her to thrive despite the odds.

Julia continues her journey of healing and is pursuing a degree in social work, hoping to use her experience to empower other survivors and fight the scourge of human trafficking. She has participated in numerous speaking engagements such as Not In My City Night, and the Child SAFE Conference. Julia also recently testified at the Texas State Capitol in support of a house bill for human trafficking survivors and plans on continuing to use her voice to make a difference.

Keynote Speaker – Survivor