“Identity work starts in the mind all of the self-talks. My value isn’t in other’s opinions of me God is my defender. Rewiring my mind is what I mean by identity work, changing the way I think about myself.”
In 2003, while completing a Master’s Degree in Social Work at UCLA, Harmony founded Treasures, a survivor-led outreach and support group to women in the commercial sex industry and victims of exploitation and trafficking. Upon graduation, as she continued to expand the work of Treasures, she worked for the Department of Children & Family Services and received the Dorothy F. Kirby Outstanding Youth Social Worker Award from the National Associate of Social Workers.
Harmony’s passion to help women and girls who have been exploited was a dream born from her own broken past. Her memoir, Scars and Stilettos, gives an account of her story, going from working in strip clubs under the control of a pimp, to leading an organization that reaches women on a global scale. Through Treasures’ Outreach and Care Trainings, Harmony has helped train and launch outreaches in over 120 cities on six continents. She has also provided training for the LAPD, LVPD, Department of Justice, and the FBI in best practices for working with victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. She has been featured in various media sources, including NPR, Glamour, Elle, and Buzzfeed.
In addition to the work of Treasures, Harmony’s heart is fueled by her love for her husband and children, deep connections with good friends, salsa dancing and hammocks.
Harmony and Rebecca have similar but different stories. Listen as this incredible woman of God mentors Rebecca on how to break cycles of generational issues. Setting boundaries, identity work, and setbacks are all the topics these two women who have been redeemed from their past, invite us into this week.