Chelo Alvarez-Stehle is a journalist, documentary and new media producer who has worked for over 14 years exposing stories of human trafficking through her creative and outreach work. A Spaniard, she worked in Japan in documentaries for NHK and became Tokyo’s and then Los Angeles’ correspondent for Spain’s El Mundo daily. Her writings on trafficking have been published worldwide. In 1997, Chelo’s first published interview on this issue received the publishers’ award, enabling Anu Tamang, a Nepali survivor just rescued from in India, to attend school for the first time in her life. In 2002, the article was turned by Canal+ into TIN GIRLS, a feature documentary film on sex trafficking in the Himalayas, for which she was assistant director, interviewer and consultant. After production of TIN GIRLS, Chelo co-founded the Masala Project, an income-generating spice factory for trafficking survivors in Nepal. Then, in 2011, Tamang received the Hero to End Modern-Day Slavery Award by Hillary Clinton during the official release of the U.S. State Department Human Trafficking Victims Report.
Chelo lives in California, where she produced/directed Sold in America: A Modern-Day Tale of Sex Slavery short documentary. She is currently producer/director for Sands of Silence: Fighting Sexual Slavery and Trafficking, a transmedia project that includes the documentary film SANDS OF SILENCE: A Personal Journey into the Trafficking of Women, and SOS_SLAVES: Changing the Trafficking Game, an online platform for youth engagement encompassing a social impact video game, a micro-documentary series and digital tools against sexual exploitation.
Visit: www.sandsofsilence.org for more information.
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