In honor of our 15th episode we invited Dr. Celia Williamson, named one of the top 30 most influential social workers alive today, with over 25 years of anti-trafficking experience.
Celia discusses her exciting new project, The Emancipation Nation Network – a free network to equip and connect various professionals working for freedom and justice. This network includes topics, discussions, anti-trafficking events, and shared resources all in one place. Within a month of its inception, it has nearly 300 members and growing rapidly.
Celia feels the network is in a unique position to be a complete game changer for those in the movement to not only elevate our daily work to ensure best possible practices, but to also more effectively use our “collective power” towards greater change. Looking to the future, she dreams for the ENN to become a platform to inspire coalitions nationwide, comprised of the individuals truly working in the field to collaborate on innovative solutions to current issues, then delegates from these groups would come together to influence lawmakers regarding policy changes and anti-trafficking legislation we need to see in our nation. Celia believes that currently, it is a “right person in the right place at the right place” who influence the law, not necessarily those whose voices should be heard. You can become a member today by visiting https://members.emancipationnationnetwork.com
Other important lessons she has learned in her 25 years of experience include, “money and power are good,” because they allow advocates the ability to continue in the fight while finding a “seat at the table” of important conversations. She says you can absolutely make a living, while making a difference, she also encourages everyone to ask themselves the question “What can I bring to the table, and what can I take from it?” As everyone has their own set of skills and experiences that will benefit the whole, but in order to collaborate well one must leave their ego at the door while learning to speak the language of those around you. She also says that while “ego is death to collaboration” respecting oneself and taking opportunities to elevate your work is key to the mission’s success.
Visit https://celiawilliamson.com/ to learn more about Celia’s projects including: The Emancipation Nation Podcast, The Emancipation Nation Network, her book, A Seat at the Table: The Courage to Care About Trafficking Victims, as well as the upcoming Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference.