Human trafficking survivor turns to principal & poetry for strength

When Jatia was just six years old, her father died of a brain tumor. She moved in with her aunt to what she thought was a safer environment but she became a victim of human trafficking. After years of abuse, Jatia struggled to trust men. But that all changed when she met Covina Valley USD Fairvalley High principal Dana Craig. It was Craig’s open-door policy and gentle demeanor that allowed Jatia to open up about her tumultuous childhood. As she began to heal, Jatia turned to writing and poetry to sift through her experiences. Her resilience, bright smile and deep empathy are only some of the strengths she shows when reading her poems. Her future is bright but no matter what comes, Jatia is a survivor.

“I might have been through this struggle. But I’m a survivor as well. So, when you ask me who I see in the mirror looking back at me, I’m gonna say a girl who survived hell.”


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