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Lauren Hersh

Sanctuary for Families
Director of Anti-Trafficking Advocacy and Policy
New York, NY, USA


Lauren Hersh is the Director of Anti-Trafficking Policy & Advocacy at Sanctuary for Families. In her current role, Lauren oversees all international, federal and state policy and advocacy initiatives related to Sanctuary’s anti-trafficking work. 

Prior to joining Sanctuary, Lauren was the New York Director of Equality Now, where she led the global trafficking program, spearheading international anti- trafficking campaigns and creating an online “Survivor Story” series.

Previously, she served for eight years as a prosecutor at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office handling a wide range of cases impacting women and girls. As a prosecutor, Lauren was the Chief of one of the United States’ first Sex Trafficking Units, where she implemented victim-based strategies to investigate and prosecute traffickers and initiated efforts to raise awareness about sex trafficking.

In 2013, Lauren created Project Impact, a leadership program for teen survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, and Generation Free, an anti-trafficking activism workshop for New York City teens with the Arts Effect.

Lauren is the recipient of the National Organization for Women’s (NOW-NYC) Susan B. Anthony Award, has been named one of New York’s New Abolitionists and has written and lectured extensively on issues of gender based violence.

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