“Over time I learned that there were a lot of people who would judge you, blame you, and try to make you feel lesser, no matter what you did; that a degree, a good suit, and a career wouldn’t always insulate you from scorn.”― Rachel Lloyd, Girls Like Us


As someone deeply engaged in advocating for survivors’ rights and combating human trafficking, Rachel Lloyd’s “Girls Like Us” resonated profoundly with me. In this compelling memoir, Lloyd shares her personal journey from being a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation to becoming a fierce activist and founder of GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services), a groundbreaking organization dedicated to empowering survivors and eradicating sex trafficking.

One of the most striking aspects of Lloyd’s narrative is her unflinching honesty about the harsh realities faced by girls and young women ensnared in the commercial sex industry. Through her vivid storytelling, she sheds light on the systemic issues of poverty, abuse, and societal neglect that often contribute to their exploitation. As an advocate for victims’ rights, Lloyd skillfully navigates the complexities of trauma and resilience, offering profound insights into the healing journey of survivors.

Moreover, Lloyd’s emphasis on the importance of education, mentorship, and holistic support for survivors aligns closely with my own approach to advocacy. She emphasizes the need for trauma-informed care, recognizing that healing is a multifaceted process that requires compassion, understanding, and ongoing support. As an attorney specializing in sexual abuse and assault victims’ rights, I believe in the power of empowerment-centered approaches that prioritize survivors’ agency and well-being.

In “Girls Like Us,” Lloyd not only sheds light on the pervasive issue of sex trafficking but also inspires readers to take action and effect change in their communities. Her courage, resilience, and unwavering commitment to justice serve as a powerful reminder that every individual has the potential to make a difference. As I continue my own journey as an advocate for survivors, Lloyd’s words serve as both a guiding light and a source of inspiration.

In conclusion, “Girls Like Us” is a must-read for anyone passionate about social justice, human rights, and empowering survivors of exploitation. Rachel Lloyd’s powerful memoir offers profound insights, challenges societal norms, and ignites the flame of activism in all who dare to confront injustice and fight for a world where girls are truly valued and protected.

 Micha Star Liberty

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