Crimes Against Humanity, Sexual Violence, Violence Against Children, Violence Against Women
New York, NY
STOP is an outgrowth of a United Nations anti-trafficking unit that went by the same acronym (Special Trafficking Operations Program). The experiences in Bosnia and Liberia led to the realization that sex trafficking across borders is a global problem, and that rescuing victims is not enough as local authorities frequently treat many of those rescued, as criminals or immigration law breakers.
Celhia and her team found that without effective support networks once they return home, rescuees are extremely vulnerable to being re-victimized by the same criminal organizations that first captured them. Upon the cessation of the Liberian operation, Celhia and two of the senior international police officers decided to build on this experience by launching Stop Trafficking Of People Inc, an organization that would tackle the issue comprehensively.