Curiously Aware

Thursday I attended an event to support survivors of human trafficking, something that we all need to be aware of as travelers, especially as we embark on new adventures alone. I interviewed some incredible women with amazing stories tell, and I learned so much about the work they are doing to empower survivors.

Hailing from the beautiful island of Grenada, founder and CEO, Andrea D. Charles has combined her life experiences, her city girl lifestyle, her passion for make-up artistry, her savings and her commitment to making a difference to launch the City Girl Beauty Project. She spent years listening to stories of women as she prepped them for photo-shoots and runways allowing them to look beautiful on the outside even though they felt broken and defeated on the inside. She heard their stories and hid their marks, and for a moment the make-up and lights allowed them the shine and smile. With the City Girl Beauty Project she hopes to empower those who are survivors, so that they may feel beautiful and strong inside and out.

Andrea D. Charles


Emmy Award -winning Journalist Cathleen Trigg-Jones, the event host for the night, shared with me the amazing work she has done covering and sharing the stories of women who are survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She has worked to cover stories to bring attention to modern day slavery as a result of human trafficking and assisted in passing the first Violence Against Women Act. Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence incidents are happening world wide and she informed me that New York City is actually one of the “hotspots” for those trying to lure people into human trafficking. Knowledge is power. The more you know, makes you more aware, and makes you strong.

Cathleen Trigg-Jones


The event would not have been complete without wonderful make-up artists on hand to glam up attendees.From make-up to body paint Glitter Me NYC  did a phenomenal job! I couldn’t resist stopping by after my interviews to add a little sparkle and paint to my outfit. Check out the cool butterfly Melinda did! And its a perfect match to my dress :)






The mission of CGBP is to inspire, and acknowledge heroism among survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in the most beautiful, glamorous and honorable way possible. Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction are being invested into their Heroic Beauty Workshop.

The Heroic Beauty Workshop uses beauty & leadership to empower survivors. The objective is to empower and reconnect survivors with their inner beauty, self-worth, and leadership qualities to help them become leaders. The workshop is facilitated by using the power of colors, makeup artistry, beauty, character building, leadership, self-development skills and challenges.

The workshop runs from September to November annually and Girl Beauty Project partners with it’s allies – domestic violence and human trafficking organizations, shelters and outreach programs to select program participants. For complete details, workshop schedule, criteria and dates for the ‘Heroic Beauty Workshop, send an email to

How to Prepare for Your Next Trip

  • Travel with contacts. Carry the number of your embassy in the country to which you are relocating. Inform your embassy when you arrive. Have a list of phone numbers of friends or contacts in the host country. Call them when you arrive.
  • Travel with an emergency plan. Provide your family members back home with all of your contact details. Call them and give them your new phone number and address when you arrive, as well as the phone number of your embassy and the local police. Should something go wrong and you lose contact with them, or they cannot reach you, have them call your embassy, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the local police on your behalf.
  • Know your rights. No one has the right to force you to do something or keep you against your will. If you are trafficked, you are the victim of a crime. You may have entered a country illegally, but you still have rights. You may be in “debt” to your trafficker, but this is not a legal debt. You do not have to honour it. If your human rights are being violated, you are the victim of a crime.

Before I travel I obtain U.S embassy, hospital, and local police information and provide my emergency contact with my itinerary, my hotel accommodations, and who I will be traveling with.Visit for more information on travel advisories, how to obtain a visa, and information on embassy locations. How you do you prepare for a trip and remain aware during your travels?

You don’t have to live or travel in fear – enjoy the sites, the food, and the people. Just remember to always be curiously aware of your surrounding.


Explore, Dream, Discover! Wishing you happy and safe travels!

Until next time -xo AGT

Go Local – A Lasting Impression

When you travel to new places do you aspire to make a difference? To leave knowing that you had a positive impact on someone’s life?

Here are some organizations in the New York City area that are making strides in the community, inspiring change, and empowering others. Visit their websites to learn more!

City Girl Beauty Project – ​Women whose lives were affected by domestic violence and human trafficking, coming together to make a difference and be apart of the solution. ​The mission of City Girl Beauty Project is empower and impact the lives of young girls and women (ages 18 – 30) who struggle with uncertainty and low self worth as they transition into a life after domestic violence and human trafficking. –

Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals saving and re-homing thousands of New York City’s dogs and cats, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, is the sole umbrella organization for animal welfare in NYC.  The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is committed to seeing the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament is killed merely because he or she does not have a home.

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Baby Buggy – Since 2001, Baby Buggy has donated over 6 million items to families in need, including diapers, strollers, bottles and toys. Their motto “Love, Recycled” fuels their mission to help families in need. –

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) –  “nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN’s mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals.” –

Forestdale Inc – an organization dedicated to the future of the children of Queens [They] are committed to breaking the destructive cycle of poverty and trauma that afflicts generations of inner-city children…[Their] mission is to ensure that children have the fundamental assets they need to grow into independent and engaged adults, specifically a secure home life, education and workforce opportunity, and health literacy. With a history of service dating back to 1854, Forestdale serves as a resource for families from Astoria to Far Rockaway.

Beating Cancer in Heels – Dedicated to the empowerment of women the organization provides programming that helps the individual function in their own world with a positive attitude, and a face of hope and strength.

If you are in the NYC area Thursday, May 2nd check out  the “City Girl Beauty Project’s Launch and Annual Fundraiser for survivors of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. Learn more about the organization, their new project, and how you can help empower and inspire survivors. Visit for more details.

I hope to see you there! What are some of your favorite local organizations to volunteer with?

Until next time -xo AGT