Interview with Children's Author, Joy Cunningham

Photo Credit: Joy Cunningham

In my interview with journal and children's author, Joy Cunningham, she shared with me the story behind her book, A to Z Awareness: A Children's Guide to Preventing Human Trafficking.

Nadine Muhammad: Please, would you tell our readers about yourself?
Joy Cunningham: I am a vibrant 44-year-old single mom and  stand tall as a symbol of empowerment, breaking free from the generational shackles that have haunted my family for ages.

As a seasoned journal author and newfound children's author, I  don't  just document; I  paint a vivid canvas of ,my transformative journey. Dive into the pages where I weave together the threads of awareness, and mindfulness to craft my  narrative. My words dance with authenticity, creating a vibrant tapestry of resilience and personal evolution.

As someone deeply passionate about the well-being and safety of children, I believe that fostering awareness and understanding of human trafficking from an early age is paramount in safeguarding our most vulnerable members of society. Through education, advocacy, and community engagement, we have the power to empower children with the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves and their peers from exploitation.

Nadine Muhammad: What is your motivation for writing your book?
Joy Cunningham: My motivation for writing about children awareness in human trafficking arises from a near death and trafficking scare my daughter and I had in December of 2022. She was so attentive and brave I wanted to honor her and share her tenacity with other children by bringing awareness, in a loving way.
Nadine Muhammad: Would you tell us what your book is about?
 Joy Cunningham:  This book is a journey through the alphabet, but it's not just any ordinary journey. It's a journey toward understanding, empowerment, and making the world a safer place for all children.

Human trafficking is a serious issue that affects millions of people around the world, including children. It's a form of modern-day slavery where people are forced or tricked into situations against their will, often for purposes of exploitation and abuse.
 Nadine Muhammad: What are the benefits that readers will obtain from reading your book, and how will their lives be transformed? 

Joy Cunningham: Early childhood education about human trafficking creates a foundation for lifelong awareness and advocacy, contributing to a future generation that is more resilient, vigilant, and proactive in addressing this pervasive crime. Overall, learning about human trafficking awareness in early childhood has the potential to transform children into informed, empowered, and compassionate individuals who actively contribute to building a safer and more just society.