Our founder's story
” I learned that people all over the world were standing up against slavery, putting their lives on the line to fight it, and I felt compelled to find a way to help.” – Sarah Symons
Her Future Coalition was founded by Sarah Symons and her husband John Berger in 2005.
“I was writing and recording music for TV, and in 2002, a song I had written was used as the title song in a film which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. At the festival, I saw a documentary about child sex trafficking between Nepal and India, I initially did not want to see the film. I thought it would be sad and depressing, and I wouldn’t be able to do anything about it . I was wrong on both counts. Although the film was deeply disturbing, it was also incredibly inspiring, in that it profiled survivors who had turned the tables.
These survivors were active in a modern day Underground Railroad, taking rescue agencies back into the brothels to save other girls. I learned that people all over the world were standing up against slavery, putting their lives on the line to fight it, and I felt compelled to find a way to help. I started by contacting one of the organizations featured in the film and was invited to visit their shelter in Kathmandu.
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Learn more about Sarah’s journey in her TEDx Talk. Sarah has also written two books about her experiences working with slavery survivors, This Is No Ordinary Joy and Standing In The Way, both available on Amazon.