Madai

My dream is to one day become a judge seeking justice for victims of human trafficking and other crimes.

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As a student, I was enticed by a Romeo pimp, a man who pretended to love me and took me to his hometown where I was forced to become a prostitute.  I felt alone and without hope, but the whole time that I was away, my mother was praying for me. 

In 2012, I escaped from my trafficker.  Someone helped me to find the authorities and I went to live at Camino a Casa.  When I came to the home, I was angry and bitter, but with the help of people like German and Lorena Villar, I began to experience healing.

Through Reintegra, I was able to attend university to pursue a degree in law.  In October 2014, German died and then in January of 2015, my mother died.  I was afraid that I would not have the support I needed to carry on.  However, Reintegra US came alongside me and helped me finish my studies.  While a student, I worked with the lawyer of Camino a Casa, helping assist the younger girls in how to prepare their cases.  I am now a graduate of the University del Valle de Mexico and currently working as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Mexico.  While working as a clerk and attending school on the weekends, I finished my master’s program in December of 2018.  My dream is to one day become a judge and see justice brought for victims of trafficking and other crimes.

 
 
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Neli

My dream is to be a businesswoman and employ young women in poverty and in order to prevent them from falling prey to traffickers.

 
 
 

I grew up in a very poor community with no running water, electricity or indoor plumbing. My father died when I was in high school. My family completely collapsed. I was without home, without  money, and was grieving. All I could afford to eat were cheap apples and coffee. This vulnerable place made me an easy prey for a charming man who promised to care for me, offering marriage and eternal love.  He was, in reality, a human trafficker.  He said that because he had done so much for me that I owed him.  I was soon forced to work in an alley in La Merced, a notorious red-light district in Mexico City until a police raid finally set me free.

With the passing of time, I have been able to regain my trust in people and in myself.  I realized that I could help others. I have shared my story with more than 4000 people. I was spoken to audiences in Paris, Malta, the Vatican and the US.  Reintegra has helped me in my studies and with the pursuit of a degree. In 2016, I graduated with a degree in business administration at the University of La Salle. I am now pursuing a Masters Degree at the Universidad de las Américas . I also work part-time for Reintegra Mexico to help in our marketing strategies and am looking to relaunch a restaurant in the near future..  My dream is to use my degree to open a business that would hire other survivors and people in poverty who are vulnerable like I was.  

 
 

Noemi

My dream is to become a justice lawyer to prosecute human traffickers.

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My father was very strict when I was young and I wanted freedom.  I was vulnerable.  An older boy convinced me to fall in love with him.  He took me to live with him in another town, locked me in a room and forced me to work as an escort at a bar.  I was forced to lure older men to buy drinks for me at this Catina.  The next step was that I was to be trafficked as a prostitute.  I saw no hope of escape, but my father found me and rescued me.  For a year, I went back home, but it was not safe because the authorities would not prosecute my trafficker and his family.  I went to live at Camino a Casa. I met German and Lorena.  Because German was a lawyer, and always dreamed of being a lawyer, I decided to pursuing a path to becoming a lawyer with the help of Reintegra.

I graduated with a degree in law in December of 2017.  Currently I am working full time as a lawyer helping oversee cases of trafficking victims.  I have assisted on several anti-trafficking cases including the one that has had the longest conviction of any trafficker in Mexico.  And in 2018, I was able to win a case for my good friend, Madai, who is also a part of the Reintegra family.

My dream of becoming a justice lawyer is a reality and one day I would like to have a practice of my own that helps put traffickers behind bars.

 
 

Paty

My dream is to become a lawyer and legislator to rescue victims and fight for human rights.

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I became a victim of Human Trafficking at the age of 17. I come from a very dysfunctional family, and my greatest desire was to know what if felt like to feel loved and to have a family. I never knew my father, and my mother went to the United States to find work, so I grew up with my grandmother, who died when I was 15. I was left alone to fend for myself in the world.

I had always been very vulnerable, but at the moment I met “Pedro”, my exploiter, I was more vulnerable than ever. Pedro made himself out to be the ‘Prince Charming’ I was looking for. He asked me to marry him, and I accepted thinking that this was the way to get what I always dreamed of: “a family and happiness.” It was his way of manipulating me into selling my body.  He sexually exploited me in Mexico City, in the area of La Merced.

One day, God heard my cries and saw my heart – filled with pain and hurt. During a raid, I was rescued by the police and taken to Fundación Camino a Casa where I met incredible people like German Villar and Rosi Orozco. They helped me believe again; they helped me start to live again.

Today, thanks to the support of Reintegra, I graduated from law school in June of 2018.  Currently, I am studying at the International English Center of the University of Colorado in the order to pass a language proficiency exam. This will allow me to complete my degree and practice law. Since the summer of 2018, with the support of Reintegra, I have been interning with the Comision Unidos vs Trata and was recently named as the Honorary President of the Comision. When I return to Mexico in May, I will work full time with them.

My greatest dream is to be an instrument in God’s hands to help save lives, and rescue more girls and boys that are living as vulnerable as I was. I want to be a lawyer that fights for freedom, for life, for values, and for Human Rights. I would like to be a legislator so that I can be part of the change in my country because most importantly I want to be a WOMAN OF CHANGE, AN EXAMPLE, A WOMAN OF GOD so that my testimony can help as a message of hope: that even when everything has been taken from you, you can start again and be happy.

In 2015, Paty’s story was highlighted as part of the CNN Freedom Project.