Barbara Amaya has dedicated her life to combat human trafficking and has been actively raising awareness about the sexual exploitation of children and domestic sex-trafficking since 2012.

AUTHOR: As an author, her first published book is an educational graphic novel, The Destiny of Zoe Carpenter, which includes a curriculum aimed at educating middle school students and others. Her award winning book, "Nobody's Girl: A Memoir of Lost Innocence, Modern Day Slavery and Transformation," is about escaping "the life" after growing up from the age of 12 in the streets of Washington D.C., and New York City as a victim of domestic minor sex-trafficking (DMST). In 2014 TAZ Author Awards placed Nobody's Girl in first place in both the autobiography and biography categories.

SPEAKER & TRAINER: Being a Speaker and Trainer, Barbara shares her story of overcomming trauma and adversity at trainings and presentations across the United States.

Barbara is a Training Consultant with the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime Traininga and Technical Assitance Center and has facilitated human trafficking survivor mental health restoration groups with Polaris and other leading non-profits.

ADVOCACY & LEGISLATIVE WORK: Barbara was instrumental in the passage of the Washington D.C. Safe Harbor Bill in January 2015. Her legislative work currently includes partnering with Amara Legal on a vacating convictions bill for victims of human trafficking in Washington, D.C., DC Stop Modern Slavery's End Demand bill, and NSN's Federal vacating convictions legislation.

Barbara is routinely called upon by lawmakers to give her expert testimony, and has testified in the Washington D.C., Virginia General Assembly, Maryland General Assembly and Florida Assembly in support of legislation that supports human rights and services for victims and survivors of human trafficking.


Barbara is a member of the NSN (National Survivor Network), the State Department Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.

Barbara serves on the international non-profit ArtWorks For Freedom advisory board, the IMPACT advisory board and the SAFE Coalition board.

In 2014 Barbara received the sought after James B. Hunter Human Rights Advocacy Award for her advocacy work and promoting human rights. 

Barbara's background is in education and she holds credentials in early childhood development, and a PhD in Psychology.

Barbara Amaya was a featured speaker at TEDx Mid Atlantic 2015 her TEDx talk can be seen on YouTube.

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