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This is Our Story [Kindle Edition]

Wendi Adelson , David Rottman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is Our Story follows the lives of Rosa and Mila, two young women from different countries who become victims of human trafficking when unwittingly duped into domestic servitude and commercial sexual exploitation in the American Southeast. Their experiences with the underbelly of globalization here in our own backyard, and the legal battles they wage against their traffickers with their immigration attorney, Lily, are told in their own voices, and hers, in vivid and compelling detail.


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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
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MRA7NQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing! March 26, 2012
By blair
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth $14.99 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Human Tragedy of Human Trafficking September 19, 2011
By Marisa
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wake Up Call For Us All March 27, 2014
Format:Paperback
“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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and, sadly, based on truth 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Important and Beautiful Book September 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read and learn about immigration laws
Liked how all three women stories tied together
would like it to be more authentic Florida
gives you a realization of human trafficking
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good!
This book was really good! It made you think about what could be going on right next door and you wouldn't even think twice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Allison Menendez
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This is outstanding and should be a top ten best seller
It is a very realistic and we'll written book
Dr. LK
Published 5 months ago by Lorne Katz
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book
I have had the chance to learn under professor Adelson in class, so it was interesting to read her writing. It was all around a great book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by law student
5.0 out of 5 stars An important and well done contribution
To say that I enjoyed this book is besides the point. The topic made it difficult to read; the writing made it easy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
It was just OK. The story line and characters were great, but some parts dragged on making it a bit boring.
Published 20 months ago by Amanda Atkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating & heartbreaking
Good read, eye opening, & an emotional ride. Heart breaking to see the betrayal and pure evil of humanity. Sad that there such heartless human beings around us.
Published 21 months ago by M.yang
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story that makes a complex issue feel real
This book is a joy to read. The subject matter may sound dark, it's certainly serious - human trafficking, rape, slavery, forced labor, unfair immigration policy - but the story is... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Christophertalbott
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and unforgettable
Adelson's story is a moving tribute to the victims of human trafficking. The story is an eye-opening account that is both heartbreaking in its depiction of the trafficking... Read more
Published 23 months ago by svk
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend
Wendi Adelson wrote an incredible novel based upon the very serious and touching subject of human trafficking that unfortunately occurs in the United States. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Lori A.
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More About the Author

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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