Sienna Baskin, Esq. is Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project. Baskin directs the legal services and policy advocacy of the SWP and trains and supervises legal staff in providing direct legal representation, public education, and outreach. She promotes reform of laws and policies affecting sex workers and survivors of trafficking, and oversees the production of SWP’s human rights documentation reports. Baskin also provides direct legal education, advice and representation to sex workers and survivors of trafficking on a variety of issues, including housing, criminal, employment, and immigration matters. Baskin started at SWP as an Equal Justice Works fellow and staff attorney. Prior to joining the SWP, Ms. Baskin advocated for criminalized people's rights in various settings. She has worked with Critical Resistance against the expansion of prisons into rural communities, organized social justice conferences with youth, taught creative writing in housing projects and prisons, and helped harm-reduction needle-exchange efforts.
Senior case manager for Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program.
Lauren Burke is the immigration staff attorney at the New York Asian Women's Center where she represents women and children survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Prior to joining NYAWC, Burke was a Skadden Fellow at The Door, representing immigrant youth from around the world in family court, immigration court, and training peer educators on their educational and worker's rights. Lauren speaks Mandarin and has become recognized for her work with youth trafficked for debt bondage and involuntary servitude from China and recently published the Practice Advisory "It Was(n't) My Choice: Identifying Human Trafficking in the Chinese Youth Population" through the Vera Institute. Lauren is the co-founder and operating director of Atlas:DIY, a cooperative empowerment center for immigrant youth and their allies, set to open in January of 2012. Please see www.findingatlas.wordpress.com for more information.
Trafficking victims worker. Bio TK.
Kay Chernush is an award-winning photographer with more than 30 years' experience in commercial and fine art image-making. She has photographed over 50 feature stories for Smithsonian Magazine and has shot for many other national publications, large corporations and governmental agencies. Her extensive work on human trafficking has taken her all over the world for the U.S. State Department, Free the Slaves, Hagar International, Bus-des-Femmes, the International Cocoa Initiative, Bonded Labour in the Netherlands and other anti-trafficking organizations. Recently she founded ArtWorks for Freedom, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reframe how human trafficking is portrayed and transform public perceptions and attitudes through the use of art in all its forms. Her images can be viewed at kaychernush.com and artworksforfreedom.org.
Lori Cohen, Esq. is a senior staff attorney at at the Center for Battered Women's Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families, where she represents immigrant victims of sex trafficking and domestic violence and conducts training sessions for law enforcement, health care professionals and service providers on identifying and assisting victims of trafficking. In May 2011, Ms. Cohen was invited by the United States Embassy in Mexico City to present on human trafficking before the Mexican Congress, Mexico’s first lady, and other elected officials, prosecutors, academics and advocates throughout Mexico. Prior to joining Sanctuary for Families, Ms. Cohen taught Immigration Law at the University of Michigan Law School and served as the director for the Office of Immigration Legal Services at the Archdiocese of Detroit. Cohen also co-chairs the Advisory Committee to New York’s Office of Temporary Disability Assistance and Division of Criminal Justice Services on Human Trafficking.
"America's answer to Bebel Gilberto," New York City-based world-pop songstress Eleanor Dubinsky entrances her listeners with sultry, heartfelt vocals and romantic, organic songs in English, French and Spanish. Drawing from American folk, soul, French pop and Latin rhythms, Dubinsky’s music is dreamy and intimate, her voice transporting her listeners to exotic lands as it calms and resonates in the soul. Dubinsky’s songs are a relevant expression of the diversity we live in and celebrate today. Her has been featured on MTV, numerous television shows and NPR. Her most recent release is Touch the Sky. To visit her website, please click her photo.
Lamont Hiebert is the co-founder and Strategic Partnership Director for Love146. Lamont is also a successful singer/songwriter, most notably as the front man for the band Ten Shekel Shirt. He has been the musical guest of GQ Magazine, the NBA, hundreds of colleges and place of worship, and has performed at social action events with Dave Matthews Band, John Legend and Natasha Bedingfield. His #1 hit song "Ocean" is featured on the Bethany Hamilton documentary, Heart of a Soul Surfer. As a seasoned Love146 spokesperson and performing artist, Hiebert powerfully communicates the challenges and successes of the modern abolitionist movement through lectures, stories and songs.
Rebecca Metheny Mason
Rebecca Metheny Mason completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree under Carol Wincenc at SUNY Stony Brook in May of 2010. She currently plays principal flute with Staten Island’s Richmond County Orchestra and has played principal with the New York Chamber Players. In October of 2007, she was the featured soloist with RCO as the winner of their musician’s contest. She was also a prizewinner in the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair’s Young Artist Competition, has competed nationally as a semi-finalist in Albuquerque, NM for the Frank Bowen Competition, and won the San Diego Flute Guild Young Artist Competition in 2004. Mason completed her Master of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying under Timothy Day and attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a full scholarship recipient, studying with David LaVorgna. During her senior year, she spent a semester in London where she worked with Susan Milan. Mason has performed in numerous masterclasses under such renowned artists as Thomas Robertello, Michael Parloff, Julius Baker, and Peter Edmund-Davies. Mason's desire to see an end to trafficking began several years ago when she first heard about the SOLD project, and she is currently on the Love146 New York City Task Force. She is excited to combine her passion for music with her passion for abolition.
Oalican is a founding member of Damayan. Since she migrated to the US in 1994, she has worked as a domestic worker and has personally experienced the abuses, exploitation, discrimination, alienation and helplessness until she found other workers and organizers who worked with her to build Damayan Migrant Workers Association. Oalican brought her theory and practice as a student, union and community organizer in the Philippines into Damayan´s solid organizing, workers rights and welfare programs, campaigns and alliance work. Currently she is the organization´s program coordinator directly managing LUNAS Holistic Health Program. She is also Damayan´s worker representative to the National Domestic Worker Alliance Coordinating Committee where Damayan is sharing its vision, knowledge and experience in building women workers leadership and the national domestic workers movement.
Brad Riley has spent the last 20 years as a traveling musician, public speaker, activist, producer and nonprofit leader, specializing in areas of injustice and empowering victims. In 2008, Riley founded iEmpathize. This innovative nonprofit is a child advocacy and media movement that creates, collaborates and communicates grassroots solutions impacting vulnerable and victimized children. He often reminds people that the children are the true CEOs of this organization. Riley’s efforts have spanned the globe taking him to nearly 30 countries where he has collaborated with world leaders, influencing policy and vulnerable child populations. His influence, forerunner non-profit methodology and traveling adventures have been written about in best selling books, and have been incorporated into classrooms and conferences. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his family.
Sanazaro is a musician based in St. Louis, Missouri. Her recent album, Daughters of Cambodia, addresses the issue of forced prostitution among women and children in Cambodia. Both the proceeds from the album and her recent corresponding tour in Cambodia will fund organizations working to help these people, including support for a girls' school and a rescue center. To support or bring Daughters of Cambodia to your area, please click on the photo or contact DaughtersofCambodia@gmail.com.
Schlesinger is a singer-songwriter based in New York City. He grew up in Edison, NJ, where he began playing piano at the age of 8. Following in his father's footsteps, he picked up the trumpet at age 11, and started playing guitar after graduating from the University of Maryland. At Maryland, Schlesinger was the musical director of his acapella group, Kol Sasson, where he also arranged many of the group's songs. Post-undergrad college, he was a member of the band Providence Road, which played throughout New York and New Jersey. The band disbanded several years later when Schlesinger went to Fordham Law School, where he was the founding member and musical director of Fordham law school's acapella group, The Tortfeasors. Since graduating, Schlesinger has hit the ground running fighting human trafficking as a member of the UN Association's Partnership for the Eradication of Human Trafficking and at Jewish Council for Public Affairs, while also performing as a singer-songwriter. His first solo album, The Looking Glass, was released in September 2011. To learn more, please click on his photo.
Suzanne B. Seltzer, Esq., the head of the New York Office of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, is known for her extensive representation of universities, hospitals, research institutions, and their medical and research personnel in obtaining extraordinary ability and national interest waiver immigrant petitions, O-1 nonimmigrant visas, and waivers of the two-year home country residence requirement. A founding member of Klasko Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, Seltzer has practiced immigration law since 1993.
Ivy O. Suriyopas is a staff attorney with the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). The Anti-Trafficking Initiative addresses the intersection of race, ethnicity, immigration status, class, age, and sex while adding to AALDEF’s comprehensive approach to serving the Asian American community. She provides legal representation, conducts community education and outreach, and engages in policy advocacy on sex and labor trafficking issues. This legal representation includes immigration assistance as well as civil litigation for claims involving the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other federal and state laws. AALDEF is a member of the Freedom Network (USA). Suriyopas serves as a Freedom Network Policy co-chair and a steering committee member of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network. She co-authored the third edition of “Identification and Legal Advocacy for Trafficking Survivors” and the first edition of “Immigration Relief for Crime Victims: The U Visa Manual.” Suriyopas was formerly an Equal Justice Works Fellow and a summer clerk at AALDEF. Her previous legal experience includes externships with the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins of the Northern District of California and the ACLU of Northern California. She served as co-editor-in-chief of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and studied international human rights law in South Africa through Howard University. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.
Sweta Srivastava Vikram
Sweta Srivastava Vikram is an award-winning writer, poet, novelist, author, essayist, educator, and blogger. Born in India, Vikram spent her formative years between India, North Africa, and the United States. She is the author of four chapbooks of poetry, two collaborative collections of poetry, a fiction novel, and a nonfiction book of prose and poems (upcoming in 2012). Her scribbles have also appeared in several anthologies, literary journals, and online publications across six countries in three continents. Vikram has won two Pushcart Prize nominations, an International Poetry Award, and writing fellowships. Taj Mahal Review describes her as "A poet with hauntingly beautiful talent." A graduate of Columbia University, Vikram reads her work and teaches creative writing workshops across the globe. She lives in New York City with her husband. Follow her on Twitter (@ssvik) or Facebook (facebook.com/Words.By.Sweta)
Jonathan Walton is Intervarsity's New York City Urban Project director. Walton has worked to call students and volunteers to put their faith into concrete, sustainable action for the last seven years, first as a member of World Vision's Speaker's Bureau and now as director of NYCUP. He is also the author of three books of poetry and short stories, an abolitionist investigator for the Not For Sale Campaign, and board member of the Love Kitchen in Washington Heights.
Courtney Wong is a singer/songwriter based in New York City. She began playing piano at the age of five, quit out of childhood rebellion, then picked it up again in high school, along with flute and guitar. Wong spent summers studying music at the Manhattan Arts Institute and Manhattan School of Music, and graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2009 with a B.A. in Music-Psychology. At Columbia, she began songwriting and served as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s worship band director. Since then, Courtney continues to perform around NYC/NJ while working, but recently left her full-time job to pursue a career in music and non-profit work. She is currently a New York City Urban Project Artist, striving to bring awareness to and combat the issues of urban poverty and suffering through worship and her original music. For more information, please visit her website: www.facebook.com/CourtneyWongMusic.
The Hon. John Zoll is currently a judge on the Civil Court of the City of New York, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in 2011. He has also been the principal attorney and supervising court attorney on the Criminal Court of the City of New York; criminal defense attorney at Queens Law Associates; and criminal defense attorney at The Legal Aid Society.