Myriam was the daughter of a wealthy and successful man growing up in a luxurious home in the suburbs. But her postcard-perfect childhood was a façade. Charismatic and charming to those outside the family, Myriam’s father was a tyrant who frequently beat her and her brother. When she was three, he beat her until she [...]
When Sophie’s mom was angry at the world, it was Sophie who would suffer. Her mom was overwhelmed and alone with six kids. They were all boys except Sophie, so her mom would be especially hard on her. Sophie would escape the chaos around her by keeping to herself and listening to her music, but [...]
Bina’s parents gave her the ultimate gift—a chance to begin a new life across the world. Bina’s parents adored their sweet, bright-eyed daughter. She was the only light in their lives. When her life was threatened, they risked everything to save her.
The night I met James, there was a terrible storm and it was pouring outside. It was a few years ago, shortly after I first started as a youth worker at Covenant House. It was time for the youth to head up to bed for the night. While on the boys’ floor, two other members [...]