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''Fortunately, Wendi Adelson has written a novel, based on her vast experience, that allows the reader to enter the painful and isolated world of human trafficking. She opens our minds and our hearts to the struggles of young women we would never have the opportunity to meet. We are captivated and devastated by her stories, and we want to learn more. Wendi's book deeply touched me, a grandmother with three young granddaughters, and it would certainly appeal to the high school and college students I serve every day. These are stories to be told and retold, until we work together both locally and internationally to assure that human trafficking is no longer tolerated.'' --Rody Thompson, Southeast PeaceJam Director, Florida State University

''In 'This Is Our Story,' Wendi Adelson has captured the reality of young trafficked women in the United States. The main protagonists are multi-dimensional, evoking sympathy and admiration as well as frustration and pity. She brings to life the utter disregard for human dignity that characterizes traffickers around the world. She movingly and persuasively demonstrates how the victims are brutalized into believing in their own lack of self-worth, lack of recourse, and lack of a future. The book ends with a bitter-sweet, frustrating, but all too real resolution that brings into stark relief the magnitude and gravity of human trafficking.'' --Marisa Cianciarulo, Associate Professor of Law, Chapman University

About the Author

Wendi Adelson is a Clinical Professor and Director of Medical Legal Partnership at Florida State University College of Law.

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  • File Size: 314 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MRA7NQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wendi Adelson is a Floridian, born and raised, who teaches law students and represents clients in the fields of immigration, child advocacy, and disability rights. She has written for legal journals and produced a manual on special immigrant juvenile status. She has been a contestant on The Weakest Link, a contortionist, and now, a novelist. She resides in Florida with her boys.




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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By blair on March 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this story. I couldn't put the book down. I really liked the set up too with each chapter switching perspectives. At first, I thought I'd get confused on who was who, but that wasn't the case. In fact, I found it effective in telling the story. In rotating perspectives every chapter, it helped show the simultaneous chaos that occurs during these situations, how it happens to more than one person at once, and how life is still happening all around with many people unaware of these horrible situations. I found it to be a great tool in telling the story. At certain points I was angry and in tears knowing that this happens, but also smiling because of the hope and kind people that were shown in the story. I am certain this book will inspire you and affect you in a way you would not have imagined.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marisa on September 19, 2011
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In "This is Our Story," Wendi Adelson has captured the reality of young trafficked women in the United States. The main protagonists are multi-dimensional, evoking sympathy and admiration as well as frustration and pity. She brings to life the utter disregard for human dignity that characterizes traffickers around the world. She movingly and persuasively demonstrates how the victims are brutalized into believing in their own lack of self-worth, lack of recourse, and lack of a future. The book ends with a bitter-sweet, frustrating, but all too real resolution that brings into stark relief the magnitude and gravity of human trafficking.

Marisa Cianciarulo, Associate Professor of Law, Chapman University
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Renae Griggs on March 27, 2014
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“Human Trafficking” is a term most of us are familiar with. Yet, the realities of its meaning are held at a safe distance – like a tenable mystery we’re not all that eager to explore with our magnifying glass. Even those who consider themselves well read and up to speed on current events would probably be astounded by what they don’t know that they don’t know about this criminal underworld. Wendi’s insightfully gritty novel, This Is Our Story, changes that for every reader who dares to enter that world through the gut wrenching experiences of Rosa and Mila, the compelling voices that draw us in and leave us unwilling to remain uninformed and uninvolved. Wendi’s signature writing style, healthy sense of humor, and thought provokingly intimate presentation of Rosa and Mila’s stories is exactly the mastery needed to lead the reader through the pages with grace and strength, and at the perfect tempo. The women’s immigration attorney, Lily, has her own story as well which adds invaluable texture and multi-faceted dimension to the indelible imprint of this book on the social justice consciousness of anyone who reads it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Brummel-Smith on October 2, 2012
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Wendi Adelson's novel, "This is Our Story" is a great read.It's a very difficult subject, and frankly, I held back on reading it because of that. But once I started I was hooked. The charcters obviously come from real life experience Adelson must have had as an immigration lawyer. Yet she makes them come alive. I admit that I have always had trouble understanding how abused women could stay in abusive relationships, but her novel made me understand some of the dynamics involved in those decisions. I would recommend this to anyone who deals with abusive relationships, especially doctors and nurses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna S. Meredith on January 6, 2013
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This is the compelling story of two young women who survive human trafficking here in America and the immigration lawyer who helps them escape from tortured lives. The story is all the stronger because one narrator is completely innocent, a child. The other young woman makes some bad choices yet is no less exploited and trapped in a terrible situation. No human deserves a life of coerced sex and prostitution. The lawyer's character is also fully developed as a woman with vision and flaws, a person who makes choices that are not always wise, whose behavior is sometimes altruistic and heroic, sometimes neglectful of those closest to her.

The story illustrates the tragic consequences of our immigration policies. Immigrants, whether their papers are in order or not, are human beings and deserve our respect and love. Terms like "illegals" and "aliens" should be removed from the discussion of immigration policy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Rottman on September 25, 2011
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Wendy Adelson has written an important and beautiful book, which will have a huge impact on everyone who reads it. The book is moving and absorbing, and the topic is of paramount importance because it involves the souls of young women in our own society. I recommend it highly!!! David Rottman
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Please Pass the Books. on July 29, 2013
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The stories of the women trafficked in this book are good enough, but I completely skimmed through the boring narrative of the authors own inflated narcissistic entries about her life and self importance. I was not interested in her personal life and issues with her husband whatsoever. Additionally, we come to find that the stories are actually made up; the characters a "combination" of victims the author says she has helped. So none of the stories are actually real, but mixtures of the experiences of several victims. While I applaud any person who champions the plight of trafficking victims, to me, this book just felt like an attempt by an author to inflate her own egocentricities. This book should be $1.99.
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