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Holly Austin Gibbs (Smith)  Survivor of #sextrafficking. Author of #WalkingPrey. #DignityHealth #HumanTrafficking Response Program Director. TY for your advocacy @mirasorvino!

For me, self-care isn’t about exercise, or eating healthy, or spending time with family — it’s about making the choice to STOP WORKING. Once I shut my computer and walk away from emails, documents, and other work projects, I allow myself the space and time to breathe...and to exercise, eat healthy, and spend time with family. 🐾❤️#SelfCareIsHealthCare #HowDoYouSelfCare

What an amazing week. I ended this long trip in Los Angeles with a diverse group of strong and beautiful survivors of sex and labor trafficking. #DignityHealth partnered with the #NationalSurvivorNetwork to design survivor-informed victim outreach posters in health care settings. We hope to release the final design by National #HumanTrafficking Awareness Day! #HelloHumankindness #PEARRtool

To every survivor who has shown up to stand up and speak out - I appreciate you. To every survivor who who has felt brushed aside, passed up, and looked over - I appreciate you. I appreciate your persistence, your perspective, and your perseverance. Thank you for writing books and participating in discussions to share your experiences and expertise. We are listening. We see you, and we hear you. #StandBySurvivors #SurvivorLeadership #SurvivorSupport #humantrafficking #htsharedlearnings

Survivors of labor and sex trafficking are very often looked over and pushed aside in professional spaces dedicated to addressing #humantrafficking. To all the organizations, agencies, and programs that invite survivors to the table to be included in the discussion - Thank You! This photo features the first technical working group for HHS’s SOAR to Health & Wellness Initiative. Included in this photo are at least four subject matter experts with lived experiences. #healthandhumanservices #HelloHumankindness #SurvivorLeadership

Many thanks to Mt. Carmel Health System for featuring the topic of #humantrafficking at their 2018 Perinatal Symposium. I’m really honored I was able to present as a keynote speaker on behalf of #DignityHealth! #PEARRtool #HTsharedlearnings

I found this painted rock on my run today. This will be my last run along the American River for several days. Tomorrow I head to the east coast again for meetings and trainings. Looking forward to seeing @johnrichmond1 and fellow #HumanTrafficking Advisory Council Members for the @mccaininstitute. (Thank you @mermaiden_rocks - for planting positive energy in the world!) #HelloHumankindness #smallactsofkindness

Self-care includes removing toxic people and situations from your life. This includes family members, friends, and colleagues who are passive aggressive, or who bully you, ignore you, hold grudges, or just make you feel bad. It’s time you prioritize yourself and your own mental health and well-being. #YouMatter #SelfCare #SelfCareIsHealthCare #TraumaInformedLife #TraumaInformedRelationships #Thrive

Spending the night in Estes Park, CO before heading back to the airport tomorrow. Looking forward to Friday’s event in DC with Polaris, the anti-trafficking organization that operates the National #HumanTrafficking Hotline. Looking forward to joining @debpembrook and @identifiableme on a panel featuring HT #SurvivorLeaders.

Many thanks to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for featuring the topic of #humantrafficking in this morning’s plenary session. It was an honor to present at your 2018 Scientific Congress & Expo. #DignityHealth #PEARRtool #TraumaInformedCare #ASRM2018 #htsharedlearnings Photo credit: @thrashjody

Painting rocks is another creative way to practice #selfcare. Planting them for others to find is #kindnessinaction. #LetTheSunshineIn

A Friday night stroll. A long week, sad and angry. A Friday night stroll. #HaikuChallenge Recognizing your own pain is key to #traumainformed work, leadership and relationships. Writing and exercise are just two strategies for #selfcare. Remember to take care of yourself. #Care4Selfcare4Others #SelfCareIsHealthCare

Added another must-read memoir to my collection of books written by survivors of #humantrafficking. I highly recommend #AndHeCalledMeAngel to any health care professional, first responder, or other public health professional who may encounter or care for a victim/survivor of #sextrafficking. #AngelMeyers

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