Zoe’s Story shares the experiences of a young girl who was sex trafficked and presents in court as a defendant.
This graphic novel follows Zoe as she—
- shares her story with a lawyer and social worker after she is arrested,
- learns that someone she cared about was doing something illegal, and
- engages with a survivor-led support group that offers a safe space to discuss her feelings about the case and the new terms she’s hearing, like “victim” and “survivor.”
Throughout the audiobook, Zoe and anyone following her story, learns some techniques to help cope with strong feelings.
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This audiobook was produced by the Center for Justice Innovation and Alternate History Comics, with audio editing and mix by Ian Bodzasi. This project was supported by cooperative agreement #2018-V3-GX-K069, which was awarded to the Center by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, for the Child Witness Materials Project.
The main characters in this audiobook were played by young people with lived experiences of human trafficking. Center for Justice Innovation staff and adult survivor leaders voice acted the practitioner roles and various other support roles throughout the stories.
The Center for Justice Innovation is grateful to the young people and survivor leaders who participated in this project and brought such life and energy to their characters. Special thanks to the main cast:
- Brianna Palmer (Zoe)
- Cristian Eduardo (Van and support roles)
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