Nobody’s Girl: A Memoir of Lost Innocence, Modern-Day Slavery and Transformation by:Barbara Amaya Review by TAT deputy director Kylla Lanier I read this book on a 2-hour flight to Denver, and I was mesmerized. I couldn’t put it down. I was transported into the world that Barbara Amaya lived in from childhood through adulthood. Her vivid account of being sexually abused as a young girl, running away repeatedly as a


Jan 2017

TAT Book Review

It’s time for our quarterly book review, and our Deputy Director, Kylla Lanier, had the opportunity to review The Same Kind of Human: Seeing the Marginalized and Exploited through Eyes of Grace By: Christine McDonald. We hope you will check this book out especially if you are a member of a faith community. It is well-worth the read! When we hear of suffering, so many of us are deeply moved

And Life Continues: Sex Trafficking and My Journey to Freedom By Wendy Barnes   As I read And Life Continues, I was struck by the quality of the writing, the ability to share a very brutal and profoundly personal story with such a clear voice…a voice filled with compassion for all people victimized by traffickers, buyers and society, as well as for herself, the broken child in a woman’s body

A Path Appears Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity By Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn A book review by Kylla Lanier, TAT deputy director   Hope is a powerful emotion … credited with saving lives, keeping spirits buoyed through terrible times, the spark needed to keep dreams alive… it is often the one thing that provides the light at the end of a dark tunnel. A Path Appears is the uplifting,


Oct 2015

TAT Book Review

Human Trafficking in the Midwest A Case Study of St. Louis and the Bi-State Area   There is a plethora of literature on the subject of human trafficking. I have had the privilege of reading many survivor memoirs, which are powerful, first-hand experiences that cannot be denied their importance. I have read strong analysis on the dynamics of prostitution and the consequences on the prostituted that are equal to the