WATCH OUR FILM SHORT!
This 5-minute film short is about our deeply inspiring and heroic storytellers and our global sister collaboration to craft the book, No Longer Untouchable: A Story of Human Trafficking, Heroism, and Hope. Celebrate with us the POWER and GIFT of our mighty global human family being connected and working together to care for one another in our unique and one-of-a-kind ways! Together, we are UNSTOPPABLE!
This film short was created in order to share our book with YOU, to give you a glimpse of the WHY of this story, and to invite YOU to JOIN US.
About the award-winning book, No Longer Untouchable: A Story of Human Trafficking, Heroism, and Hope, by Sarah Davison-Tracy:
Millions of people are victims of modern slavery. One in four of those victims are children. Snatched from their homes and sold by strangers, friends, and even family members, 15,000 women and 5,000 girls are trafficked out of Nepal each year. Many are forced to become sex slaves before they reach the age of 10. Once sold to a brothel, it is nearly impossible to leave alive.
In No Longer Untouchable, Devisara Hannah Badi and her sisters bring you into this appalling reality as they tell their stories. As part of Nepal’s Badi community, they are considered by many the worthless dust of Nepal, the untouchables of the untouchables. With that lowly caste status comes extreme poverty, a lack of basic rights, including education and citizenship, and a life of prostitution.
Four of the storytellers were trafficked—lied to, coerced, drugged, kidnapped, and sold to brothels. Their stories are both horrifying and hopeful—as each escapes captivity and rejects her untouchable status. They have overcome unimaginable odds to survive, and today they are bravely fighting to bring freedom, hope, and love into the darkest corners of the world.
A shout out to the team of creatives and visionaries who – TOGETHER – made the film short about our book happen: Rochelle Raimao (filmmaker & concept), John DeYoung (director), Jesse Todd (director of photography), Akash Mondal (editor), Alex Sundas (footage in Nepal), Grant Knisely (for video licensing from Untouchable: Children of God), Krista Guenin (select photo permissions), girls in the US and in Nepal who participated in this production for the telling of this story, and Devisara Hannah Badi for sharing your story with the world. Your generosity, tenacity, and collaboration has made my heart sing, and I hope, will help share this story with the world!
A PoP (Place of Pause), because BEING HUMAN can be hard.
Moments of heartbreak can arise in and around you sometimes (or perhaps, nonstop, in the extra hard seasons). Human rights injustices and human trafficking – the stories I’ve shared in this note – are HARD to take in.
My friend, a blessing from my heart to yours this very moment: May whatever you most need to be yours. If it would feel good to take a guided PoP (Place of Pause) or 2, which I hope companion and meet you wherever you are today, head to this playlist of 41 PoPs on YouTube. Breathe and read slowly the short PoP below.
A PoP for when life is hard.
Are you in it?
Or is someone you love in it?
I am sending an ocean
of love to you,
Whatever is burdening you, imagine tucking the biggies into a backpack.
Imagine, for a moment, that you take off that heavy backpack and set it aside.
Yes, yes—there may be things in it you’ll need to tend to later.
But for now, can you, one strap at a time, take it off, and put it down?
Sit and breathe a moment or two longer, if you are able.
Until next time, my friends,
You are loved.
We belong to each other.
Let’s standTALL, together,
and light up the world!
xo, -Sarah DT