Get to Know
Medina County Coalition
Against Human Trafficking Member
Anamaria Feyervari

Written by Kristen Minichello

January 9, 2023

This month we are spotlighting one of our Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking Members, Anamaria Feyeravi. Anamaria is the Medina Client Services Manager at Hope & Healing Survivor Resource Center. She has been an integral part of the Coalition since 2016.

We asked Anamaria to share a little more about herself and the role of Hope & Healing in serving survivors of human trafficking.

 

How did you get involved with the Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking?

I first learned about the Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking approximately 6-7 year ago when I started working at the Hope and Healing Survivor Resource Center in Medina. Having had the experience of working with human trafficking survivors in Europe, I wanted to get connected with the Coalition straight away to continue working with survivors in any capacity I could.

 

What is your current role in the Coalition? How does Hope and Healing support survivors of Human Trafficking?

Hope and Healing has been a member of the Coalition for a while now. We are here to support the Coalition’s efforts in raising awareness and educating the Medina community on human trafficking, and to serve as a resource for those in need of help. Our free and confidential services in Summit and Medina Counties are available to survivors of human trafficking, including but not limited to shelter, therapy, housing, court advocacy, information, and referrals. Moreover, we have recently been able to add a Case Manager on the Rape Crisis Center side of our services who is specifically working with human trafficking clients.  With some newly received funding to address minor victims of sex trafficking in Medina and Summit County, we are hoping to continue our collaboration with the Coalition and strengthen the efforts that are being implemented in Medina County in the fight against human trafficking.

 

What are you most proud of in your work with the Coalition?

I am proud of the tenacity of the Coalition and the passion that moves us forward to make our community safer and supportive of survivors.

 

What is the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?

I have been blessed to work with many amazing professionals who shared their wisdom with me. The advice that always stuck with me is “Do what is right, not what is easy.”

 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Since I was a kid, I always envisioned myself in a helping profession. At first, I wanted to be a teacher, then a nurse, then a psychologist. I was in college when I discovered my true passion for working with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

 

What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?

Weekends are all about family for me; it’s when I truly reset myself for a new week of work. We love spending dedicated time together, taking walks with the dog, and just being outside.

 

What season is your favorite?

My favorite season is spring. I love watching nature come back to life, the warmer weather, the longer days, and being able to spend more time outside. It fills me with a renewed sense of hope and positivity each year.

 

What does the community need to know about the Coalition?

The community needs to know that the Coalition is here to help anyone interested in learning more about human trafficking or anyone needing resources in Medina County. There are multiple agencies working together through the Coalition sharing the same passion for helping survivors of human trafficking.

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