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SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage A Project of Documentaries

Donations are tax-deductible in the U.S. through the film's fiscal sponsor, From The Heart Productions, a 501(c)3.

If you rather mail a check, please write "Sands of Silence" on the check's memo line and mail it to: SANDS OF SILENCE, c/o From the Heart Productions, 1455 Mandalay Beach Rd., Oxnard, CA 91505

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Sands of Silence is a personal documentary about a journalist who, inspired by the transformation of the sex-trafficking survivors whose lives she is documenting, finds the courage to break the silence about sexual abuse in her own life.


A-15-year quest to expose the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking from Asia to the Americas leads world-reporter Chelo Alvarez-Stehle back to the windswept beach where her childhood ended and family secrets began. As Chelo documents the transformation of sex trafficking survivors, she meets Virginia Isaias, a Mexican woman whose life is engulfed in a cycle of sexual exploitation. Escaping with her 6 months old daughter from a sex trafficking ring in Mexico, Virginia crosses the US border in search of freedom. After years of hard work, Virginia begins to rebuild her life and speaks out about her ordeal for the first time in this documentary. Virginia, who barely speaks English, becomes a US citizen and a prominent advocate for other sexual exploitation survivors in the Latino community in Southern California by setting up a non profit. Inspired by Virginia's courage, Chelo is moved to explore her unyielding desire for seeking out these types of stories in what becomes a parallel journey of introspection that shatters the silence around abuse in her own family and in her own life.



Supported by 21 Donations:

  • Doug S.
    I Gave $250
    SO happy to be of support.
  • Marvin S.
    I Gave $250
    Your good work continues to inspire us all! Gracie and Marvin
  • Rick S.
    I Gave $300
  • Ben v.
    I Gave $2,500
  • rob l.
    I Gave $200
    for an important cause.
  • Rick S.
    I Gave $100
    Supporting Deirdre in this great cause...
  • Ben v.
    I Gave $100
    Thank you for your creativity, passion, love and empathy
  • Tina Y.
    I Gave $100
    Cheers to Chelo and Deirdre! Keep doing your great work!
  • Kathryn C.
    I Gave $50
    Thank you for your courage in telling your story and that of others.
  • Molly Z.
    I Gave $100
    Thank you for changing my life ansnthe lives of countless others. The universe is better because you are in it.
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $100
    Because you're improving the world for survivors
  • Alberto P.
    I Gave $10
    Hola Chelo!!!.
  • LUCIA C.
  • rebeca j.
    I Gave $25
  • Silhouette
  • DAN C.
    I Gave $25
    Caring is a powerful human trait. All the best C. Dan
  • Foojan Z.
    I Gave $100