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‘I Can’t Be Silent About This’: Selena Gomez on Secretly Fighting for Human Trafficking Victims with A21

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For International Charity Day we wanted to take a cue from Selena Gomez and highlight an extraordinary NGO, A21, which tirelessly works on behalf of human trafficking victims. Like Gomez, we "can't stay silent about this."


The notoriously private Selena Gomez recently took to Instagram to share her heart in a handful of rare and powerfully unyielding posts about her passion for the secret volunteer work she has been doing alongside A21, an organization founded by Christine Caine determined to eradicate human trafficking together through awareness, intervention and aftercare.

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Gomez took to Instagram after being misrepresented in a recent Elle interview. Not one to take interviews often, Gomez was intentional about keeping the interview about three of her current projects and away from her private life: her work with A21, her upcoming album release and her partnership with Coach. Instead, the article took a deep dive into her personal life verses highlighting these worthwhile projects to the degree they deserved.

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Refinery29 commented on the events, “In response, Gomez decided to take her story into her own hands. She shared a few photos on her Instagram of her working with A21… And she shared a few photos from her Coach launch. She also suggested that she’d share her lyrics to her upcoming music on Instagram.”

Alright. Speaking from my heart for over an hour to someone who puts those thoughts into paid words can be hard for me. The older I get the more I want my voice to be mine. This is all apart of my work within an industry that’s been around longer than all of us have been. The purpose of my interview was three fold. My work with A21, my new collection with Coach, and some new music. As I’m aware there will always be interests in one’s personal life because that’s the pace of our ‘social’ generation. I’m grateful for my position and I will always find ways to make my job more about others and giving back— all while having the best time with my music, fashion, film and my love for learning about the world that I’m eager to tap into more and more. Church is a name for something far more personal. There’s always agenda seeking information on such a subject and I understand why. Rarely do I mention church (and I didn’t) but I’ll always feel comfortable talking about my values and beliefs. I respect that from everyone and anyone. I understand that reporters are working to grab the attention of a reader, however I will always work to ensure that what is public represents my truth. I’m a bit bummed but rarely surprised. Y’all know me and my heart. I can’t help it. So I’ll post some of MY photos from the collection and work with A21. My heart. And maybe edit my actual lyrics as you will all hear it soon 😊 I love you guys to the moon and back. For more information on the work I do with A21 please, please visit link in my bio. So much more on that soon!

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Determined to narrate her own story and ensure that the valiant work of A21 received the rightful notice it deserves, Gomez said, “I wasn’t going to immediately start discussing it. It’s out of my comfort zone.”

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With People.com commenting, “The entertainer also understands there will be naysayers who claim she is now speaking out to get attention, but “that’s not why I want to talk about it,” she says. “I can’t be silent about this.”

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“Gomez, 26, is careful to add that she’s not publicly talking about her volunteer gig—which she’s been at since March—for the applause, but because after visiting A21 and learning about the horrors of modern sexual slavery and human trafficking she was ‘flabbergasted,'” Billboard reported.