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Human Trafficking on Wednesday's Access Utah


Andrea Powell and Stephanie Henry join us Wednesday on Access Utah to discuss their work in helping victims of human trafficking. We’ll also share comments on human trafficking in Utah from our Public Insight Network. You can respond right now at www.upr.org. Click “Become a Source.” 

Powell is founder and executive director of FAIR Girls, a non-profit organization that serves survivors of trafficking in the U.S., Russia, Serbia, Bosnia, and Uganda. Last year, FAIR Girls supported more than 100 young girl and transgender female victims to escape trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in the Washington, D.C. area. 

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Henry was sexually abused throughout her childhood. Desperate to regain some sense of control, she began an emotionally shattering struggle with bulimia and the curse of having ''the look'' men desire. After slipping through the education system, multiple suicide attempts, years of working as a stripper, losing custody of her daughter, battling drugs and alcohol, and enduring a string of ill-fated marriages, Stephanie put her life on course by reaching out to others and fighting for voiceless victims of exploitation around the world. 

To further help those who are victims, Henry’s book is: "If Only I Could Sleep: A Survivor's Memoir." She currently resides in Texas with her husband and her six children. Andrea Powell, Founder & Executive Director, FAIR Girls will give a talk at Utah State University on Tuesday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m. in Library room 101. Her visit to Logan is sponsored by the USU Center for Women and Gender.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.