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“Violence and abuse have a best friend, a trusted accomplice: silence. After watching Sands of Silence I can hear the waves of courage crashing loudly against the rocks of silence; a sad sound wrapped in sweet possibility of all that can be… thank you Ms. Alvarez-Stehle and fellow brave soldiers.” — Yareli Arizmendi, actress, Like Water for Chocolate

— Yareli Arizmendi

Actress, Like Water for Chocolate

“A powerful look into the difficult realities surrounding sexual abuse and trafficking, delivered through stories that are painful but oh so compelling. Well done, Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, for helping us dive deeper into a subject we must bring to light—the sexual exploitation of our most vulnerable members of society.”

— Susan Stiffelman

Author of Parenting with Presence

“It is a sincere, heart-felt film that touches you from the first second and holds your attention throughout the film. Seldom is this achieved by any documentary. You are shocked and stunned at the boldness of the attackers and suddenly you realize the depth of the problem that it is worldwide and ongoing. Bravo for bringing this issue out of the darkness and shining a light on it. This film has the power to educate women to realize their vulnerability and take steps to protect themselves and their children. This film will change lives, open conversations and raise the consciousness on many hidden issues.”

— Carole Dean

Founder, Roy W. Dean Grants

“I was incredibly impressed with how the film wove the stories together for people to connect with it at any level. I see similar “dismissing” of trauma from people who compare their experiences with over-the-top dramatic horror stories. Your film does a great job of explaining how our experiences shape us and need to be acknowledged, not dismissed or minimized.”

— Gail Soffer

Founder, Mindful Warrior Project

“I really liked the fact that it is so personal (both from your standpoint and the others) and the way the stories intertwined. So much more fascinating and engaging than if it had relied on statistics and graphics and talking heads to get a point across. You made a very compelling film. Congratulations!”

— Glenn Morgan

Post Producer, Project Runway, Lifetime

"As I watched your teaser video," said one of our backers, "I remember - though I try to forget - the night I was raped...

Posted by Chelo Alvarez-Stehle on Friday, February 19, 2016

Great to see Palisadian Post spread the word about Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage Film on Sexual Violence and...

Posted by Sandra Fluke on Friday, February 12, 2016

Since 3 years DE LooPERS dance2gether ist supporting Chelo Alvarez-Stehle in order to fight Sexual Slavery. (español...

Posted by Amaya Lubeigt on Monday, February 1, 2016

Congratulations Virginia Isaias and team for celebrating Sept. 23rd, Intl. Day against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking at your Fundación de Sobrevivientes de Tráfico Humano 501(c)3 !Felicidades Virginia Isaias y equipo por celebrar el 23 de sept. el Día contra la Explotación Sexual y el Tráfico Humano. ... See MoreSee Less

Día internacional de lucha contra la trata de personas: 23 de Septiembre

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