Council Member Julissa Ferreras

Former New York City Council Member, Queens

Council Member Julissa Ferreras

Julissa Ferreras was and the first woman and first person of color to chair the New York City Council’s Committee on Finance. She oversaw the city’s $75.3 billion budget and directed funds to support programs for victims of gender-based violence. As Chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues, Ms. Ferreras presided over hearings on human trafficking and provided passionate leadership to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable.

“Although the common public perception about sex trafficking is that it is only prevalent in foreign countries, the truth is that it is here and now—and has health, economic, and social implications for all New Yorkers.”