Jayne Bigelsen leads the anti-trafficking programming at Covenant House New York (CHNY), New York City’s largest provider of services for homeless, at-risk, and trafficked youth ages 16 to 20. She co-directs CHNY’s services for survivors onsite and at a safe house where they can communally heal, thrive, and progress one day at a time. The resiliency, spirit and laughter of CHNY youth inspire her every day.
“In 2018, no one should have to sell their body to meet basic needs of survival like food and shelter. Yet it happens every day. Youth shelters across the United States are full. When someone can’t find shelter, pimps and traffickers are ready to pounce. To truly end human trafficking, we must ensure no one seeking shelter or services is ever turned away.”