Matilde Simas is a freelance Boston-based photojournalist who believes in the power of visual storytelling. Partnering with non-profit organizations, Matilde has traveled to over 30 countries focusing on social documentary and portraiture. Matilde is using her passion of visual arts to bear witness and assist in creating positive changes in the world.

PWB sat down with Mattie to chat about her upcoming trip.

What makes you passionate about helping HAART?

Viola Davis recently said in an interview “as a child she felt being poor made her voiceless.” While she was speaking of monetary poverty I immediately related this to others that are going without in the world – those imprisoned in the sex trafficking industry.

HAART is a Kenyan non-governmental organization dedicated to ending human trafficking (also known as modern slavery) in Kenya. They work with creating awareness about the struggles of human trafficking in the grassroots communities in Nairobi and its environs. They do this by assisting victims of trafficking, prosecuting offenders, and working in partnerships with other organizations and networks to end this modern slavery. They are putting into action what my heart aches to help. It is an honor and a privilege to partner with HAART.

 

How do you believe your photography can make a difference?

Human trafficking is a huge issue that falls just below many of people’s radars. Partnering with my lens to place these images in a more visible location will help the charge of ending this modern day slavery. Sharing about these victims through their stories and portraits will further humanizes the stories of human trafficking and ultimately builds more soldiers in the war against human trafficking.

 

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

We can end this evil use of our brothers and sisters bodies and spirits. By saying YES to supporting the efforts against human trafficking you are saying NO to this horrific crime against humanity. It takes each and every one of us to ensure that our basic human rights are preserved.

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