Christine is making a difference

Christine Cesa

Coordinator of Services

How did you first learn about and begin working with The Avery Center?

I met Megan at the Survivors Leaders Institute (SLI) Conference hosted by GEMS ( Girls Education and Mentoring Service). We sat at the same table and got connected this way. Over the years we have presented at the same conferences. I recently started at The Avery Center and am working with the Direct Service team.


How long have you been with the organization?

February 2022


What do you think sets The Avery Center apart from other organizations in this sector?

The Avery Center is unique in that such a high percentage of the staff are survivors of human trafficking or other types of violence. It is critical that survivors be in leadership, impact change on every level, and have an equal voice in decisions that are being made. In addition, the organization works to prevent vicarious trauma in all staff and this is critical in the work that is being done.


What's your favorite part/the most fulfilling part of your role?

The Avery Center has given me the opportunity to work with survivor leaders and provide mentorship and support to survivors and allies.


What do you enjoy doing when you're not at The Avery Center?

When not working I enjoy being at the beach, spending time with friends, drinking coffee, eating good food, and going on adventures.


Who is someone you admire, and why?

One of the many I admire is Mother Teresa. She worked with people on the margins, the vulnerable, those others would not consider going near. She acknowledged her own difficulties and walked through her own ‘Dark night of the soul’. Three of the significant things that stick with me are that “Small things done with great love will change the world,” “If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other,” and “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty”.


What advice would you give someone who wants to join the Avery team of superstars?

We are absolute diamonds who shine in this world, unicorns who work in the field of anti-trafficking and fierce advocates who can be flexible, willing to learn, and strong to walk beside others in this fight.


What you're listening to now:

Why Tho? – Ashley Abercrombie (Podcast)
Dare to Lead – Brené Brown (Book)


TV show you're hooked on:

New Amsterdam
The Equalizer
The Endgame

One of my desires is to bring awareness, research, and services to survivors of familial trafficking. Survivors of familial trafficking are often unseen, not represented in research, and not acknowledged within the anti-trafficking community.

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