In our Freedom Q&A series, you’ll hear from artists, NGO leaders, academics, students, grassroots activists and others around the world who are using their voices and creative skills to fight human trafficking.
This month, we hear from Sophie Otiende and Grace Mwende, two activists working with HAART Kenya – an organization dedicated to ending modern-day slavery in Kenya and East Africa.
SOPHIE OTIENDE survived human trafficking and uses her experience to fuel her passion for supporting vulnerable young girls and women in Kenya. With more than ten years of experience working with grassroots groups in the slums of Nairobi, Sophie is now a Project Consultant with HAART Kenya, where she manages the organization’s new program Arts to End Slavery, which seeks to train artists on human trafficking and encourage them to use their art to interpret modern-day slavery.
GRACE MWENDE is an artist, therapist and facilitator born in Nairobi, Kenya. Passionate about people and life, Mwende works on HAART Kenya’s Arts 2 End Slavery campaign. Before working with HAART, Grace was unaware how extensively modern-day slavery impacted Kenya, and now sees her role as an artist as critical to raising greater awareness throughout the country.