Since joining the UC faculty in 2016, Espinola has been involved in extensive advocacy efforts to support victims of human trafficking in Ohio. She has spoken at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and Ohio Supreme Court roundtables to help judges, legislators and advocates understand the specific circumstances of trafficking victims, including how to work with survivors, recognizing immigrants’ vulnerability to exploitation and understanding the mental health issues that can prevent victims’ from successfully reintegrating back into society.
Rogers interviewed Jacqueline Collins, a participant of CHANGE Court who has been clean for 15 months after a hard journey battling addiction.
"I was sex trafficked. I prostituted. I was homeless,” Collins told WLWT. "I just got tired. If you are not tired you won't change.”
Now, Collins stands as a survivor who enjoys the support of the Change Court.
"Since I have been in Change Court I have accomplished my high school diploma. I have my CDCA (chemical dependency counselor assistant certificate). I just want to reach out to others that have been through what I have been through. Let them know if I can do it, you can do it," Collins said.
Watch the WLWT broadcast
Learn more about Espinola’s work with CHANGE Court online
Additional coverage of CHANGE Court and Espinola include:
WCPO: Police work to combat human trafficking