Ele & Jill
On April 15, Street’s Hope/Voluntad had the pleasure of hosting EleSondra "Ele" DeRomano. Ele is a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking, a national consultant, a motivational speaker, an advocate against all forms of exploitation, and the founder of Standing Together Against Real Slavery (STARS). Since 2004, Ele has worked with at-risk women and youth who are vulnerable to sexual assault/exploitation, domestic violence, street and gang violence, and substance abuse/addiction. Ele’s story is part of the book Renting Lacy.
Our staff (including our peer support specialists) and several human trafficking survivors attended to hear Ele’s unique presentation which included her and raw and inspiring story. Both survivors and staff were able to share and learn during the Q and A session, and our staff is continuing to discuss the power and relevance of Ele’s presentation.