It was completely unplanned. A spontaneous and poignant moment. A fuzzy photo that speaks volumes.
Several members of the National Survivor Network were in Washington recently for meetings at the White House and several federal agencies. The network, formed by the California-based Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, brings together trafficking survivors from 24 countries to ensure that those who have experienced slavery firsthand are at the forefront of the anti-slavery movement.
The group asked to borrow the Free the Slaves conference room to plan their Washington meetings. That’s where they encountered a large mural that shows many of the people Free the Slaves has helped move from slavery to freedom.
The connection was instant. Five slavery survivors sat on the counter just in front of the mural to join the gallery of freedom. They snapped this remarkably inspiring photo.
Thanks to Avelino, Harold, Ima, Shandra and Marti for sharing the moment!