March 12, 2024

Voices of Liberation: A Journey with REST in the Fight Against Sex Trafficking

Voices of Liberation: A Journey with REST in the Fight Against Sex Trafficking
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All The Way Authentic

Trigger Warning: This episode contains topics that may be triggering to some listeners.

Welcome to All the Way Authentic with your host, Kevin P. Henry. In today's episode, we tackle the pervasive issue of sex trafficking and the tireless efforts of organizations like REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) in combating this injustice.

Kevin begins the episode by shedding light on the ongoing crisis of sex trafficking that plagues communities nationwide. He emphasizes the critical role of organizations like REST in supporting survivors and raising awareness about the nature and impact of trafficking, particularly on women.

To gain deeper insights into REST's mission and initiatives, Kevin interviews Josh Cuellar, volunteer coordinator at REST. Josh provides an overview of REST's mission, which is centered on expanding pathways of freedom, safety, and hope to end sex trafficking. He underscores the organization's commitment to ensuring that everyone deserves a life free of exploitation and the importance of addressing the specific needs of survivors.

Josh elaborates on REST's holistic approach to addressing the needs of survivors, emphasizing the importance of providing support in areas such as relational, mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. He highlights REST's continuum of care, which includes an emergency receiving center, shelter, and transitional housing, aimed at empowering survivors to rebuild their lives.

In a candid conversation, Kevin and Josh discuss the role of men in addressing sex trafficking. Josh acknowledges the disproportionate involvement of men as perpetrators in sex trafficking and emphasizes the importance of men's accountability and involvement in raising awareness and combating this issue.

The episode concludes with a call to action, urging listeners to support organizations like REST and actively participate in efforts to end sex trafficking. Kevin emphasizes the collective responsibility to stand against exploitation and support survivors on their journey to healing and recovery.

For more information about REST and opportunities to get involved, visit

Thank you for tuning in to All the Way Authentic as we amplify the voices of liberation and fight for justice against sex trafficking.

The All The Way Authentic Podcast with Kevin P. Henry talks about all things diversity and inclusion, mental health, and empowerment.

Kevin P. Henry has worked in the Diversity-Equity-Inclusion, communications, and training field for over 30 years. He also has extensive experience as a journalist, voice actor, and writer. Currently, he works for the private and public sectors, businesses, organizations, and nonprofits. Kevin utilizes a variety of skills to meet the needs of clients, which include strategic planning, training, facilitation, and writing.

While living in Hawaii, Kevin developed educational programs for high school students that focused on career planning, writing, and video production. In addition, he worked with domestic violence survivors and at-risk youth coordinating career planning workshops.  

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