Beatrice Fernando was born in Sri Lanka as the youngest of 13 children. In 1989, she moved with her husband and son to the United States where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 2005, she published In Contempt of Fate, a memoir of her life in Sri Lanka and her experience as a slave in Lebanon, which became her entrée into a life of activism in the field of human rights. Beatrice has worked with the Boston-based American Anti-Slavery Group and founded the Nivasa Foundation, which she serves as president, spearheading its flagship campaign to provide aid to the families of victims of human trafficking in Sri Lanka.
Beatrice addresses audiences across the United States about her experience as a slave and her activities as a human rights activist. She has spoken at Harvard University, MIT, University of Miami, Ohio, University of Illinois, Drew University, Quinnipiac University, Unitarian church, Baptist church, and in 2005 testified before Congress in support of the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. She has been interviewed by the Boston Globe, Vision Magazine, Magic 106, and appeared on Night Beat Cable Television. Her story has also been published in the book Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery, Palgrave Macmillan 2006.