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What is Strong Survival?


Strong Survival documents the experiences of Maya, an activist with lived experience in human trafficking, as a trafficked youth from California's Sonoma County


Maya offers an unflinching and courageous account of her experiences, exploring the impact of the emotional and physical damage of human trafficking


Strong Survival seeks to bring awareness to a pervasive yet often overlooked problem in the Bay Area




Shynie Lu

Shynie is a 4th-year student at Santa Clara University, double majoring in Public Health Science and Biology. During her free time, Shynie is involved with the American Red Cross, works as a student researcher at Santa Clara University, and serves as an Ambassador for Shared Hope International. Shynie is particularly passionate about social justice and human rights, and has plans to pursue healthcare.

Maya Babow

Activist, Person with Lived Experiences of Human Trafficking
Maya is a student at Sonoma State University, majoring in History. She hopes to achieve teaching credentials upon graduation and fulfill her dream of becoming a middle school history teacher. Maya has a passion for musical theatre and she works as an actress, artist, model, and human trafficking activist. Maya has worked on two films about her experience with trafficking: Strong Survival and Playing the Game. 

Strong Survival in the News

  • Bay Area KRON 4

  • USC Institute for Global Health


  • Verity Organization

  • Sonoma Gazette


  • Northern California Public Media



  • Sonoma County Government

  • The Bohemian

  • Pacific Sun 

  • ​​​KRCB North Bay Public Media

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