Scientology destroyed her family, but this former Sea Org worker has a surprise ending - 2019-06-26
Last year, we finally got to tell the heartbreaking story of Katrina Reyes. About how she had come to Florida from Siberia to join Scientology's Sea Organization at only 11 years old. About how her mother seemed less concerned with her daughter's well-being than about finding a husband in the Sea Org and working its long hours. About how Katrina had finally broken away from the Sea Org, and then was thrown out of Scientology and was "disconnected" by her mom.
While Katrina's mother, Yelena, remains a Sea Org worker at Scientology's Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Katrina moved on, getting married and having a child. She and her husband Jose and their son Nolan moved to Austin, Texas, and Katrina has not heard from her mother since 2015.
So many elements of her story are remarkable. That she happened to meet Jose on a smoke break at JFK airport while flying back to Siberia for a passport. That when she went to her Sea Org superiors asking to see a doctor because she feared she was pregnant or had contracted an STD after being raped in Siberia, they instead interrogated her and kicked her out on the streets. That her mother disconnected from her for, among other infractions, "liking" a photo of Tom DeVocht's dog on Facebook.