Fall 2011

Beatrice Fernando: NECC Student Tells Her Story of Enslavement

Friday, October 7, 2011
12:00—1:30, E-155, Haverhill

As a young, single mother in Sri Lanka, Fernando answered an employment advertisement for a housemaid position in Lebanon to earn money to support her young son. Instead of a steady paycheck and financial freedom, she became a victim of human trafficking and modern day slavery. She was imprisoned, physically abused and never paid. She finally escaped the home by jumping from a fourth floor balcony, which resulted in temporary paralysis. In 1989, she moved to the U.S., hoping to “disappear and hide.”

Fernando now devotes her free time to raising awareness about human trafficking and slavery. She has started the Nivasa Foundation (Nivasa means “home” in the Sinhalese language) with the mission to break the cycle of modern day slavery for women and their children. Through the foundation, Fernando travels around the country sharing her story and stresses that human trafficking doesn’t affect any one country, race or social class. For more information on Fernando, visit http://www.bearopublishing.com/.

For additional details about this event, contact Judith Kamber, Dean of Professional Development, at 978-556-3955 or jkamber@necc.mass.edu.

Co-sponsored by:
The Center for Professional Development, NECC’s National Coalition Building Institute Team, and the Global Studies Department