Tina Frundt

What does Survivor Leadership mean to you?

That survivors actually take the lead in organizing contributing and leading

How long have you been in the movement against human trafficking?

20 years

What are you greatest accomplishments in the movement against human trafficking?

Seeing survivors grow and have children that we work with, policy I helped create national and local, US advisory council, creating a curriculum that will go into schools grade k-12 in over 20 states.

What is one thing that carried you through the years as you transitioned from victim to survivor to now leader?

Understanding I was a victim of a crime and never a victim. Understanding that I had skills that helped me that I could use in the positive so that I can show by example and help raise kings and queens.

What are some challenges you have faced in the fight against human trafficking as a Survivor Leader?

Being African American and a survivor makes you realize on a daily how much harder is it for you in the movement the same challenges you experience outside the movement.

What advice do you have for younger Survivor Leaders who are just beginning their journey?

You don’t have to please people. You are the expert, an equal and should be treated as such. Never settle.

What advice do you have for the anti-trafficking movement as it relates to Survivor Leadership?

What policies do you have in place to work with survivors and pay them what regular consultants get? If not, that’s a good place to start before you speak in public about survivor leadership.

To honor Norma Hotaling, we would like to know what would you say to her survivor leadership or about her fight against commercial sexual exploitation?

I knew Norma and fought along side her. She told me that if survivors don’t come together and fight to lead in this movement then the movement that is about us, will remove us and we will remain without voice.