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Shining the Light of Advocacy, Training and Personalized Guidance for Survivors

By: Janice Tjeng

Edited by: Juliana Zhu, Esq.

Elisabeth is a survivor of family-controlled child sex trafficking and abuse, which began when she was 2. After years of familial sexual abuse, her father sold her to pimps to earn more money. She eventually left home at 18. The birth of her twins motivated her to seek help and she spent the last 6 years recovering from childhood trauma and earned her master’s degree in social work (MSW).

Currently, Elisabeth writes about her recovery from complex posttraumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) on her blog at She uses her educational experience and personal experience as a trafficking survivor to raise awareness about sexual violence and C-PTSD. As an advocate, she focuses on the following:

1. She discusses about sex trafficking to children and teachers in school.

2. She trains recovery partners who work with survivors.

3. She engages in legislative advocacy and media interviews.

4. She develops online forums to empower survivors and guide them to recovery.

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Elisabeth has trained recovery partners at Shared Hope International, Freedom Network and Virginia Commonwealth University Health Services. Also, she has been interviewed on programs featured on PBS, The Huffington Post, Stop Child Abuse Now and has spoken at a Department of Justice Anti-Trafficking event with Attorney General Eric Holder, where she discussed the need for long-term trauma recovery program. Her works have been published by The Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, PsychCentral, XOJane, The Good Men Project and Scary Mommy.

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Janice Tjeng is a fourth year Biology major at the University of San Francisco. She is a Social Media Assistant at Cancer InCytes Magazine. She looks forward to applying to medical school where she can learn the skills to provide healthcare for disadvantaged people.



“Beyond Trauma: Shining the Light of Advocacy, Training and Personalized Guidance for Survivors”. Beating Trauma. Date accessed, July 27 2015.

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