Alexandra may have started her advocacy work at 11 years of age but circumstances shifted her life path from speeches and petitions to drugs and even experiencing her own exploitation. After her escape, she became passionate about educating herself in the social services field. Alexandra proudly obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminology, a postgraduate certification in victimology with honours, a diploma in community and justice services with honours, and most recently, a master’s of science in psychology where she graduated with the highest honours. It took a decade before she came to understand the exploitation that she had endured was human trafficking. This shock motivated her to return to her advocacy work and she co-founded a US-based anti-human trafficking nonprofit and became an international public speaker, sharing her story to help others better understand trafficking and exploitation.
Having spent years speaking and educating a wide variety of audiences about human trafficking, Alexandra’s true passion lies in getting back to the basics in order to prevent traumas like abuse, assault and trafficking. Her unique approach of taking difficult, even divisive, topics and making them conversational and adding humour where appropriate cultivates connection and understanding with all her audiences and has made her a sought after speaker and presenter.
Alexandra’s powerful voice helped ensure that the Medical Council of Canada will require trafficking related questions on the medical licensing exam beginning in 2024, ensuring all Canadian doctors receive education in trafficking awareness. She has recently authored her first book which will be available in the near future.