Family Assistance Program
Originally from a rural village in the southern part of Honduras, Jimmy left his home country at eleven years old trying to escape threats of violence against his family. At 14, he came to the United States seeking a better life. A victim of labor trafficking, he is taking this experience as a way to better himself as a person and to help his community. Now living in Los Angeles, his Honduran siblings have joined him. Adjusting to the new environment hasn’t been easy.
As an advocate against human and labor trafficking, Jimmy helps inform humanitarian organizations on the current dangers that exist for young refugees. Specifically, due to his upbringing in a country that is full of violence, he discloses the current situation in Central America. Being a survivor helps him give others who have been through similar situations a voice and bring these issues to the forefront of the international conversation.
At the young age of 13 Tyesa began living on the streets which led her to her first trafficker a year later at age 14, The man introduced her to a lifestyle which granted her the family that she never had, Only she had to sell her soul each night for it. After 16 years she gave birth to what she calls her life savers, her boy/girl twins and has been on the path of saving herself in order to save them.
She has spoken at many venues including churches, schools, law enforcement agencies, she’s testified at California’s State Capitol in front of senate, interviewed for local television stations, and has been featured in “Shattered Dreams” a sex trafficking documentary that has won several awards in the film festivals. She is currently a student at Santa Monica College and will be transferring to UCLA to gain her bachelor’s degree in Communications/Public Relations. Her ultimate goal is her own non-profit: a 12 month program with a 12 step curriculum to help victims/survivors reintegrate back into society.