Julia Sclafani

Sclafani is a reporter and editor based in New Mexico. Her work focuses on health disparities facing communities in the southwest. She has been published in the NM Political Report, New Mexico In Depth, Los Banos Enterprise, Las Cruces Sun-News, Searchlight New Mexico, MSN, MSN Canada, Los Angeles Times, the Sacramento Bee, the San Diego Union-Tribune and Axios. She was an associate editor for Axios and is currently a content manager for Beyond Type 1. Sclafani is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, with a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) Certification from the CIEE. She holds a bachelor's degree in Latin American and Caribbean studies and human rights from Columbia University in the City of New York, and a master's degree in Spanish-language journalism from Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, New York. 
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New Mexico officials hope to open state’s first safe house for sex trafficked youth

Though popular portrayals of human trafficking tend to conjure ideas of violent kidnappings and cross-border human smuggling, the majority of sexual exploitation happens much closer to home and likely involves someone close to the victim, experts say. “The images that America has had for several years around human trafficking is girls chained to beds and things like that,” said Shelley Repp, the executive director of New Mexico Dream Center, a Christian non-profit that works with survivors of sex trafficking. She said those images “aren't accurate with the lived experience of the human trafficking victim.” 

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