Stories Unlocked is an ongoing publication of writing by incarcerated students. Names have been omitted to protect privacy.
As these stories and poems attest, many incarcerated teens have experienced human trafficking, abuse, and addiction. If you would like to help, please consider giving to or volunteering with A21, Seattle Against Slavery, or NW Children’s Fund. Learn more about human trafficking in Washington.
The Stories Unlocked project was created by Stephanie Guerra, author of Billy the Kid is Not Crazy, Torn, Betting Blind, Out of Aces, and the co-author (with Jen Bradbury) of the Zach and Lucy picture book series. She has been teaching incarcerated adults and teens for thirteen years.