Bridging the sex work and anti-human trafficking divide to advance remedies
// By Jacqueline Brennan
Rochelle is among the six finalists vying for the 2019 NGen Leadership Award, presented annually to a changemaker age 40 or younger who has demonstrated transformative impact and collaborative leadership in addressing a critical societal need.
She also is CEO of Collective Liberty, which is fighting to eradicate human trafficking by collaborating across industries, agencies, and service providers to create groundbreaking, data-driven approaches that work. They encourage the human trafficking community and other stakeholders to think in new and innovative ways to address, disrupt, and put an end to all forms of trafficking, working closely with government agencies to shift systems and improve public policy to ensure that our larger community supports survivors while stopping traffickers.
During her Turn the Curve session, Rochelle will discuss the goal shared by sex workers and sex trafficking survivors to improve the quality of life and lived experience of people in the sex trade. But “in the context of discussing public policy improvements,” she explains, “there is disagreement in approach, making collaboration difficult, and groups who should be allies in this fight are often positioned as opposition.”
Rochelle will identify common ground and how sex workers’ rights and anti-human trafficking advocates and agencies can put forward a unified front in public policy pushes and implementation of new laws, helping to ensure that “laws proposed and passed do the most good for the most number of people,” and allowing for a “pooling of resources and advocates to support these public policy pushes” to make their passage and adoption more likely.
Rochelle and her fellow NGen Leadership Award finalists will all be presenting or speaking during our three days in Chicago. They’ll also be at our Leadership Awards Reception—happening Thursday, November 14—where we’ll announce the winner of the 2019 award!
If you haven’t already, save your spot to join us this November and make plans to meet our six fabulous finalists and celebrate our winner when we announce them in Chicago!
Bridging the Sex Work and Anti-human Trafficking Divide is happening Thursday, November 14 from 3:30 – 4:15pm.