Yasmin Christopher painted this piece with the intention of reflecting the diverse, and shared, experiences that are a part of navigating through the often tumultuous and unchartered waves of life as a female survivor of violence. Her interest in art began many years ago as she struggled to cope with her own childhood trauma as a survivor and product of Human Trafficking. This particular piece was also inspired by her decision to come forward with the details of that story in a Seattle Times article, released in the Spring of 2013. While she acknowledges that this was one of the most difficult decisions of her life, Yasmin is thankful for the opportunity to make her story public because it has allowed her to connect with women locally, and all around the world, in a very profound and meaningful way. Yasmin’s artwork has been featured at local charity auctions in the greater Seattle area, and this specific work was featured at the 2013 ARTvocacy show in Seattle sponsored by the International Rescue Committee, a non-profit organization that responds to humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Yasmin plans to continue her advocacy work and emphasize the therapeutic empowerment that participation in art can bring to a person’s life.