Today we're excited to spotlight The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif!
Read on for more about Shamim, plus a guest post!
Meet Shamim Sarif!
Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and film director. Her new book, The Athena Protocol, is an all-female contemporary action thriller released by HarperCollins as the first in a series. Her feature films as writer/director include Despite the Falling Snow (starring Rebecca Ferguson and Charles Dance), I Can’t Think Straight and The World Unseen, all based on her books. Shamim has spoken at events worldwide, including TED, INK in India and DLD in Munich. She lives in London with her wife. https://shamimsarif.com/
Meet The Athena Protocol!
Jessie Archer is a member of the Athena Protocol, an elite organization of female spies who enact vigilante justice around the world.
Athena operatives are never supposed to shoot to kill—so when Jessie can’t stop herself from pulling the trigger, she gets kicked out of the organization, right before a huge mission to take down a human trafficker in Belgrade.
Jessie needs to right her wrong and prove herself, so she starts her own investigation into the trafficking. But going rogue means she has no one to watch her back as she delves into the horrors she uncovers. Meanwhile, her former teammates have been ordered to bring her down. Jessie must face danger from all sides if she’s to complete her mission—and survive.
~ Guest Post ~
The top 5 ways readers can help put an end to trafficking
By Shamim Sarif
In my new novel, The Athena Protocol, three young secret agents work to take down a human trafficker using technology, weapons and special training. That’s not going to work for most of us in the real world—but there are some ways that we can all make a difference in the fight to end trafficking:
- Educate yourself and others about the signs of human trafficking. Awareness is key. Recognize the signs of human trafficking in airports, bus stations, even nail salons. Is there a young person that seems anxious or fearful? Do they have unexplained bruises? Are they with someone that appears dominating? It’s not easy to be certain and it’s hard to decide to report something, but your awareness could save a life. Take the risk and make that call to authorities.
- Buy whatever you can from Fair Trade or Made in a Free World companies, to reduce the chances that child labor or slave labor has been used.
- The Internet and Facebook are places where perpetrators can seek out vulnerable children and teens. Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know, and don’t feel shy about asking for help if you feel someone is being pushy or inappropriate. It’s not embarrassing to empower yourself. Also let your friends know you won’t judge them if they come to you with something troubling.
- Make sure younger kids you know are always accompanied, especially if they walk to school or activities alone every day at the same time. Ask an adult to accompany you or walk with friends. “Don’t talk to strangers” sounds like a cliché, but it’s still good advice. Remember that it’s more than okay to call for help if you are approached or handled—it’s the smartest thing you can do.
- Within the U.S., trafficking is a major problem, often more so after a flood or hurricane, when traffickers look for more victims. You can volunteer and support anti-trafficking efforts with a known and respected non-profit, or you can also make a donation. To help readers do this, I’ve set up shopping links on my website at https://shamimsarif.com. By pre-ordering a copy of The Athena Protocol from these links, I will make a donation on your behalf to Headwaters Relief Organization. They help young people in the U.S., Nepal, and all over the world, be aware of the dangers of trafficking, especially after natural disasters, when they are most vulnerable.
The Athena Protocol
Author: Shamim Sarif
Publish Date: October 8th, 2018